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This album, as Lewis' debut, is probably still her best. Their is such a wealth of songs on here that can be enjoyed by lovers of all different types of music, and anyone who can appreciate her amazing voice!
Of course there is the smash hit 'Bleeding Love' that i'm sure will last a long while in people's memories. It was an iconic song of 2007 and is still remembered as one of the best songs of that decade, doing amazingly worldwide in the charts. But that's not the only great song on here I can boast about. 'Homeless' is a particular favourite of mine, a nice slow song that really explores her range and shows off her vocal ability in a great emotional song. It also includes the tracks 'Footprints in the sand' and 'Better in Time' both released as singles, and for good reasons. Both have great choruses and wonderful melodies which allows you to listen to the time and time again.
It also includes covers of the songs 'I will Be' and 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' both of which are heart breakingly beautiful and really fantastic renditions of the songs. Not only does Lewis prove that she can sing her own songs, but also do covers that are close to outshining the originals.
I would really recommend this album to anyone who loves pop music, because this album is filled with soulful tracks which really show how her voice is not one you find every day. Overall, great tracks, good music and a brilliant voice.
Some of you may remember Leona Lewis as one of the previous winners of X-Factor, probably the only winner who has actullay gone on to be something and has done really well for herself recently.
Her first album, which she released in 2007, is called Spirit.
Leona Lewis is known her for beautiful, powerful voice and beautiful songs, and although I am a metal and rock fan, when I heard this album, I could not help but like it, with it's lovely melodies, soft ballads and strong vocals, there is not a lot to hate on this album.
The first song on this album is called Bleeding Love, and it is one her biggest hits. She released this as a single around the same time the album was released and it is a beautiful song with such lovely lyrics and the power of Leonas voice is truly amazing. The tune to the song is melodic and calming, with some great beats behind it. One of the best songs on the album, and not one to be missed.
The second song is called Whatever It Takes, and this is a slightly more upbeat track in comparison to the first one on the album. It is a good song, with a nice beat and it is very catchy. One of those songs you can not help but sing a long to, and it always makes me smile, no matter what. A nice tune with perfectly matched lyrics.
Thirdly we have a track called Homeless. This is a song almost in the style of piano lounge music, with a soft tune played out on a piano, giving the song an acoustic feel to it. It is a sweet, sad song, with some amazing vocal ranges and it almost brings a tear to my eye when I listen to it. You can really hear the vocal skills of Leona in this song.
The fourth track is one called Better In Time. This song was released as a single and did quite well in the charts. This song is basically about a relationship that has ended, and how she is feeling about it, as well as how she knows she will heal from it in time. This is in a nice track, and is among my favourites on the album. It is has a nice relaxed feel to it, but without being so relaxed you don't take it seriously. Even on this track you can hear Leona's vocal skills and I think this is a great catchy tune for the summer.
The fifth track is Yesterday. This is another upbeat tune, with a real nice lyric set and a great beat. It is quite a simple song, yet it works really well and it is quite enjoyable. You can tell a lot of thought went into the lyrics for this track, as they all work so well together. This song just flows along nicely, and is so smooth to listen to.
The sixth track is called Take A Bow and it is my favourite song on this album. This song is about the end of a bad relationship, and why she is glad to be rid of the other person. It is a powerful song, with amazingly powerful vocals. The lyrics are strong and beautiful with real emotion behind them, and the tune behind the lyrics are just beautiful too. This song truly impresses me, and I do not think anything else on this album is as great as this track.
The seventh song on this album is entitled I Will Be, and this really is just a lovely song, with emotional lyrics and powerful emotions. It is sung so perfectly, with such wonderful harmony and power. If you are in a sad mood when you listen to this song, you may end up crying.
The eighth song is called Angel, and this is another of the slightly more upbeat tracks on the album. It flows nicely and has some lovely lyrics, with a great beat and it is a catchy tune. It is nice to listen to this one when you just want to relax. One of the less challenging songs from Leona, but you can still hear her talent shine through.
The ninth song is entitled Here I am. This is probably the most chilling and relaxing song on the album, and whilst it is a nice one, with a good piano playing in the tune, it is most likely my least favourite song on the album. It is still a good song, just there is nothing much to it, and I do not find myself able to listen to the whole track before I get just a little bit bored.
The tenth song is called I'm You. This is another one of the more generic songs on the album, which although it is a nice song, it is borderline boring and not one I listen to all the way through. It does have some nice lyrics and a soft tune, but there is nothing special to say about this one.
The eleventh song is called The Best You Never Had. This is another of my favourite tracks on the album, as it is catchy, melodic, powerful and beautiful all at the same time. This one shows a good range of vocal skills again from Leona, and it is one I have played over many a time.
The twelfth song on the album is The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. This is less of a song, more of a way to show off exactly how talented Leona Lewis really is. Many different vocal ranges in the song show just how amazing her voice really is. This song is really acoustic, and is one you can only listen to now and then or else you do get bored of it quite quickly.
The thirteenth song is called Footprints In The Sand. This is another song which is nice and gentle, with beautiful lyrics and a soft beat. A bit of a generic tune, I think this may be a cover of another song, but I am not 100% sure on this one.
The final track on the album is A Moment Like This. This is the single Leona released when she won the X-Factor and although it is a cover, she has done her version very well, and it is a really moving song. You can hear the power behind her voice, and I think this was a perfect choice to end the album.
A really great album, I believe that most people will like this, purely for talent alone. You can buy this album on Amazon and the price varies between £3.50 and £6.00 depending on which day you are looking. Keep an eye on the price for an awesome bargain on a brilliant album.
5 out of 5 stars from me, 100% recommended to all.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
Spirit was released in the UK and Ireland in 2007 and worldwide in 2008. Leona Lewis has achieved massive fame and has a huge fanbase, becoming by far and away the biggest x factor success.
The CD is mainly made up of Leona's trademark ballads, including massive hits Bleeding Love, which hit the top of the charts in over 30 countries and Better In Time, which reached number 11 in the US. There are some brilliant album tracks, my favourite being number 11 - The Best You Never Had.
The only songs I would skip are number 3 - Homeless and number 12 - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. Homeless is quite a dreary, unoriginal track and has some really cheesy lines, such as 'you don't want me anymore, there's a sign upon your door......no vacancy'. The First Time... is a cover of Roberta Flack's 1969 track and for me, just doesn't quite live up to the original.
If there was any other criticism of the album it would just be that it is just ballads. Although this is what Leona excels in, it would make for a better album to mix it up a bit.
Life has changed dramatically for Leona Lewis since she won the third X-Factor in 2006. To me, she seemed the favourite pretty much from the start as she can actually sing and has a star quality about her as they like to say on the show. What I do like about her though is that she has stayed very grounded and true to her roots and has not let fame go to her head which is nice.
Spirit was her debut album and was released in 2007. According to an article I read Spirit became the fastest-selling debut album and the biggest seller of 2007 in both the UK and Ireland, and made Lewis the first British solo artist to top the Billboard 200 with a debut album. It has now become the United Kingdom's fourth fastest selling album of all time. To date the album has sold over 6.5 million copies worldwide and has a 9× platinum certification in the UK. Wow, not bad for a debut album. Obviously I think some of the appeal has been the channel that she came through to make it as a pop star. The whole country seems to be gripped by the X-Factor show and it's winners and losers and an album that a winner or even runner up releases always seems to do well in addition to the artist generally guaranteed Christmas Number One with their first single they release straight after the show.
According to an article I read, Lewis says she named the album Spirit because "it is my heart and soul and the voice within that says everything is possible."
I really like this album and I think it really shows of Leona's special voice. Most of the songs are ballads which she is very good at. Of course probably the best known song on the album is Bleeding Love which is track number 1, leading off a great album. I always like it when a great tracks starts an album as this puts me in a good frame of mind for the rest of the songs. Bleeding Love reached number 1 in the UK and was the biggest selling single of 2007.
The rest of the tracks are as follows:
1. "Bleeding Love"
2. "Whatever It Takes"
4. "Better in Time"
6. "Take a Bow"
7. "I Will Be"
9. "Here I Am"
10. "I'm You"
11. "The Best You Never Had"
12. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
13. "Footprints in the Sand"
=== Who is Leona Lewis? ===
Leona Lewis is a British multi platinum selling artist and three times Grammy award nominee. Leona rose to fame in 2006 when she won the British TV show X-Fator and quickly became a tremendous musical success. Her debut single was not only crowned Christmas Number One in 2006 but also became the fastest selling UK single when it was downloaded 50,000 within 30 seconds of being released.
=== Her Albums ===
Up to date Leona has only released one album, which is titled Spirit but she is set to release her second in November 2009. Spirit was released in 2007 and debuted in the top spot in nine countries including the UK, the USA, Canada and Australia. The album became the biggest album seller of 2007 in the UK and Ireland. And the 6th biggest selling album of 2008 in the world.
== Spirit - Album Inlay ==
Album inlay's aren't exactly something that really interest me, although I do prefer ones that contain the lyrics for the album's song, and because of this I can in no way be seen as an inlay connoisseur. The opinion of Spirit's inlay that you will therefore receive will probably we a somewhat basic one. For me the Spirit album inlay is a decent one as it contains one of the two things that I look for in these small booklets. That one thing is the lyrics to all of the albums songs. The lyrics in the booklet where also printed in black on white or pale blue backgrounds which made them easy to read - not always the case. The booklet also contained (next to the lyrics) some tasteful pictures of Leona as well as the usual musical dedications and a thank you message. Unfortunately however the inlay contains no information about the artist herself, which would have been nice.
=== The Album in Short ===
If you're one of those people that aren't particularly looking for a track-by-track breakdown of the album in question then this section is for you and you can simply gloss over the track analysis if you wish. Spirit is in my opinion an outstanding album and it is easy for me listening to it to see exactly why Leona has become to success and the star that she is. This album showcases her immense vocal talent and holds within some really powerful and emotive songs. I can say with conviction that none of the songs on the album are unpopular with me and each one offers the listening something more. 'Bleeding' Love is powerful and emotive as is 'A Moment Like This' whilst 'Better in Time' is delicate, 'Footprints in the Sand' simply beautiful and 'Homeless' an outstanding piece of musical and lyrical work.
=== Track Breakdown ===
ONE - Bleeding Love
This track is one of Leona's most well-known and popular tracks. It is in my opinion a lovely album opener and a very distinctive track in many ways. The backing track has some lovely chords and a strong steady yet somehow unique beat and the sublime lyrics are delivered in that true Leona Lewis style. Behind the vocals is a tower of strength and this emanates throughout.
'Closed off from love
I didn't need the pain
Once or twice was enough
And it was all in vain'
TWO - Whatever it Takes
This next track has a different sound to the previous one from the very start as it is the backing vocalists that we hear first before the soft and delicate voice of Leona filters through. The lyrics are beautiful to listen to and the downshift in pace and tempo for this song really works and gives variety to the listener.
'People say love
Comes and goes, but
They don't understand
What they don't know'
THREE - Homeless
This is one of my favourite tracks from the album and has been since I very heard those opening piano notes and the near unaccompanied yet sublime vocals. The lyrics are faultless on all accounts, the musical backing flawless and the vocals emotive, delicate and powerful all at the same time.
'But you don't love me anymore
You don't want me anymore
There's a sign on your door
No vacancy, just emptiness'
FOUR - Better in Time
I love the violin introduction to this song followed by a solid and steady, which in many ways compartmentalises the lyrics and gives them presence and power. The lyrics themselves are again brilliant and the song has a real feel good sense despite it being rather delicate and dainty in terms of vocals.
'Thought I couldn't live without you
It's gonna hurt when it heals too
It'll all get better in time'
FIVE - Yesterday
This track is another rather delicate one and the backing track backs up this feeling with small tickles on the piano. The lyrics are again lovely to listen to and the vocals are again extremely strong from the start. There are a couple of moments however were the vocals seem to warble a little and that's a shame as the track is otherwise a beautiful one.
'They can take the music that we never play
All the broken dreams, take everything,
Just take it away
They can never have yesterday'
SIX - Take a Bow
This track has a very electronic sound to begin with and the stunted style of vocalising the lyrics at the start made me think that this track was not going to be one I would enjoy. As it continued however I found myself being drawn into it and the track is now one of my favourites on the album. The varying vocal styles are interesting to listen to and the chorus beautifully sung and extremely catchy.
'So take a bow
Cause you've taken everything else
You played the part
Like a star you played it so well'
SEVEN - I Will Be
This track sees a return to the more sombre in pace tracks from earlier in the album. I Will Be is a beautiful track on every level and really contrasts and compliments the previous track very well. Leona's vocals are strong and powerful in terms of emotion yet delicate enough to let this emotion come through naturally and in a heartfelt way.
'All the pain, the tears I cried
Still you never said goodbye and now I know
How far you'd go'
EIGHT - Angel
In many ways this track can be seen as a sublime blend of the previous two tracks. It has the strong and steady beat of Take a Bow but the delicate yet emotive vocals of I Will Be. In my opinion Angel is a superb track and one that I will remain eternally fond of because of the mixing of vocal and musical styles.
'Like Romeo and Juliet
Family came to fight us
Like the tallest mountain on the widest sea
Nothing big enough to hide us'
NINE - Here I Am
Here I Am is much slower than any of the other tracks on the album and I can't say that I'm certain that this pace particularly suits Leona's general style. I must say however that the song is more than pleasant to listen to and certainly does showcase a spectacular vocal talent, as she sings for the most part with very little accompaniment. Something however just tells me that this sort of track is something she should only do once in a while. For a once in a while track though this isn't half bad.
'If you have broken dreams
Just lay them all on me
I'll be the one who understands
So take my hand'
TEN - I'm You
This track has a somewhat oriental feel when it comes to the opening music and the vocals at times help to uphold this feeling. In general however the song resorts back to Leona's natural flare and musical style and this is something I'm pleased with. In no way though is this song samey as it brings something different to the album through the brilliantly and uniquely sung lyrics.
'Oh you're not crazy
If only you'd realise
That you and I
Have all the help we need'
ELEVEN - The Best You Never Had
The beginning of this track has a steady beat and some uniquely sung lyrics and this feeling continues throughout the track as a whole. The chorus of this song is one that really makes you feel good and I can certainly imagine this song being blasted out in the rooms of all those girls with idiotic boyfriends. The lyrics are fantastic to listen to and as we have come to expect from the album flawlessly sung.
'Because I told you you'd live to regret it,
Now I don't wanna make you feel bad,
But when it comes to me just forget it,
I'll be the best you never had'
TWELVE - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
I must admit that this is my least favourite track on the album but I must also admit that I have never really liked this song no matter who it's sung by. Unfortunately for me this track sees Leona move back to the slowly paced tracks, which I think she shouldn't do too often. Again there is nothing particularly wrong with this track as the vocals are both powerful and emotive and the lyrics rather pretty. Maybe it is just the fact that I don't like the pace of the song but it just isn't for me.
'The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the endless skies my love'
THIRTEEN - Footprints in the Sand
Footprints in the sand is a massive power ballad and a truly beautiful song based on the poem 'Footprints'. The song is very much string-fuelled and extremely emotional as the ideas of the Christian poem are filtered through Leona's outstandingly sense tingling vocals.
'You walked with me,
Footprints in the sand,
And helped me understand,
Where I'm going'
FOURTEEN - A Moment Like This
A Moment Like This is a song that most of us seem to know and one that I am particularly fond of. Coupled with the previous track this one brings the album to a fantastic end. The backing track is powerful and heady but beautifully done at the same time. The lyrics are clever and extremely fitting when you think that this was the track Leona sung to win the competition. The vocals as usual are powerful and extremely emotive making for a tremendous album closure.
'A moment like this
Some people wait a lifetime
For a moment like this
Some people search forever'
== CLOSING COMMENT ==
This album really is one that I am extremely fond of. I must say that I was never certain this was going to be the case when I picked it up but upon first listen I found myself falling in love with the soulfully delicate ballads, the powerful lyrics and the emotion filled vocals. In my opinion this album proves to everyone that talent competitions do sometimes earth up some genuinely brilliant talent and that Leona Lewis is more than standing proof that if you have a dream you should go for it with all your heart.
When Leona Lewis won the X Factor a couple of years ago, it was no surprise that she got the Xmas number 1, and then that her debut album was instantly successful. When it was launched in the States in 2008, it went to the number 1 slot, meaning that Leona was the first Brit to get the number 1 spot with a debut album.
And it's really no surprise. On this album, Leona shows that she has a vocal range to rival Mariah Carey, and a commanding voice with it. The album is cleverly set up, with her first hit, the Xmas number 1 'A Moment Like This' ending the album, and her next hit, 'Bleeding Love' starting us off.
Throught the album, you see some clever lyrics and a musical composition technique that really displays her ability to hit the loud, high notes as well as project a gentle and soft ballad effect. There is great build up in a lot of her songs, with 'Homeless' being a prime example, and this is indeed the case with a lot of the tracks.
Leona owes a lot of the success of this album to those who helped write it. A broad spectrum of songwriters collaborated on the album, including Simon Cowell himself, who co-wrote 'Footprints In The Sand', and lyrically and in terms of key changes at the right times, the album is very very good. Yet you can't get away from the fact that all this would be irrelevant if it weren't for her powerful voice and her ability to stun us in an instant with a rousing vocal performance.
It is also a rather brave album in many ways, choosing not to just conform to the same style throughout. Indeed, the second track, 'Whatever It Takes', makes a bold statement that there is more to Leona Lewis than just a good voice, as she tries her hand at a more electronic sound. I found this to be successful, but not quite to the same level as a more regular pop/soul sound that she usually gives off. Similarly, 'Take A Bow' broaches the R&B spectrum, and this works very well, probably a little better than the attempt at electronic pop.
Overall, it's a well worked album. I like the style, and her voice is fantastic. It's probably not what I would choose to have playing in my car, but I would quite happily listen to it if someone else made the decision to, and there is no denying the musical quality on show here. She continues to be successful, I know, and I expect this to happen for many years to come.
1 Bleeding Love
2 Whatever It Takes
4 Better In Time
6 Take A Bow
7 I Will Be
9 Here I Am
10 I'm You
11 The Best You Never Had
12 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
13 Footprints In The Sand
14 A Moment Like This - UK Bonus Track
I downloaded Leona Lewis' album a while back but only took the time to listen to the whole thing recently. I must say I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of songs I really liked.
"Leona Louise Lewis (born 3 April 1985 in London) is an English pop/R&B singer and songwriter. Her debut album, Spirit, was released throughout Europe in 2007 and became the fastest-selling debut album ever in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. Released in North America in 2008, Spirit debuted at number one on the United States' Billboard 200 album chart, making Lewis the first British solo artist to top the chart with a debut album. "
This is definitely more of a 'soul/pop' album and listening closely to words implies a spiritual ethos which obviously depicts the title of the album well. There seems to be a nice pop slant for people with religious leanings, which if I was religious (I am not) would be an even nicer album to listen to. Lets be honest, breaking America is no easy ride, and Spirit has so far sold over 6 million copies worldwide.
The song listing is below:
1 "Bleeding Love" - 4:24
2 "Whatever It Takes" - 3:27
3 "Homeless" - 3:50
4 "Better in Time" - 3:54
5 "Yesterday" - 3:54
6 "Take a Bow" - 3:54
7 "I Will Be" - 3:59
8 "Angel" - 4:14
9 "Here I Am" - 4:52
10 "I'm You" - 3:48
11 "The Best You Never Had" - 3:43
12 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - 4:26
13 "Footprints in the Sand" - 4:08
14 "A Moment Like This" - 4:17
Originally listening to this album my favourite songs (and the only ones I listened to at first, if I am honest!) were
"Bleeding Love" - The song refers to someone in a relationship who is extremely blinded by love. Regardless of the numerous warnings from her friends and the fact that she is emotionally hurt by her lover, she continues to love him and accepts the pain. Metaphorically, this is represented in him "cutting her open". However, all she can do is "bleed love" for him
"Better in Time" - This emotional song is about somebody who breaks from a relationship and through the immediate hardship which comes with a break-up can see through the dark present and 'hurt' and know that it will all get better in time even though the love for that person is still there.
"Take a Bow" - Still I love this song, I imagine it is again, about a relationship breaking up, but the 'other half' in this break-up is deceitful and by taking a bow its a metaphor for the 'performance' or lies this person impacted in the relationship.
My Newest Favourites are:
"Homeless" - I love this song, again I know music is about interpretation so I maybe completely wrong but I believe that being 'homeless' is meaning not belonging to anybody and feeling helpless and alone. The song is so dramatic towards the end; it's a great build up.
"Yesterday" - This is a beautiful song, and the meaning is so true to life, be thankful for every day for we don't know what the future holds. Whatever anybody does to us throughout life they can take whatever they want but they can never have yesterday and all that means to us.
"I Will Be" - Guess who helped pen this song? Yep you guessed Avril Lavinge, no surprise there as there is an element that I recognised. Again a soulful song. Really beautiful. Listen to the words. Powerful stuff.
"The Best You Never Had" - One which is growing on me, hey, I'm liking the title for starters ;)
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - One of my favourite songs on the album, slow song, typical Leona Lewis, powerful, soulful and timeless. If you do not listen to the album make sure you buy this song!!
"Footprints in the Sand" - Beautiful song, this reminded me of a Church reading I heard (the few times I have been!) It was a powerful poem and to my surprise after some digging I found out that "Footprints in the Sand" is an adaptation of the Christian poem "Footprints". Leona describes the song as "very moving, with a very emotional lyric". The song is about "standing by someone and being there for people who need your help."
Overall a brilliant relaxing album, I listened to it walking in the rain today and it really relaxed me despite being soaked!
Overall I would give it a go, my normal music taste consists of Fallout Boy, Kings of Leon etc. So not my normal cup of tea. It's a good album to have in the background as its pretty relaxing.
Overall a really beautiful music addition to any collection.
I have been wanting to review this album for a while now but had never got round to it and I have now finally decided to write this review. Leona Lewis came to fame and fortune after winning the third series of X Factor in 2006 and earned herself a record contract with Simon Cowell's record company SyCo Music worth a cool £1m. Fresh from winning the X Factor she released her debut single A Moment Like This which was a cover of Kelly Clarkson's debut single which she released after winning the first ever American Idol. Leona Lewis version went straight to number one and set a record of 50,000 downloads within 30 minutes of being available online which has since been broken by fellow X Factor winner Alexandra Burke's version of Hallelujah which sold 105,000 copies in twenty four hours after the show.
Leona Lewis released her debut album on 9th November 2007 and soon racked up a number of huge hit singles including the hugely popular Bleeding Love which was her second single. Simon Cowell and Clive Davis worked together to produce the album and a number of well known songwriters added songs for the album most notably Max Martin, Ryan Tedder from One Republic, Avril Lavigne and even Simon Cowell who co wrote Footprints in the sand with Richard Page, Per Magnusson and David Kreuger. The album includes two covers, A Moment like this and First time ever I saw your face.
1.) Bleeding Love 4:24
This was a huge hit when it was released as her second single. A funky heavy bass drum is the centrepiece for this track which has good backing vocals and is a superbly flowing track which shows that she can do more than slow ballads with this uptempo pounder of a hit. I'm guessing it will be One of her best uptempo tracks of her whole career.
2.) Whatever It Takes - 3:27
This has a pop electronic feel to it and seems a little too teen pop for Leona Lewis. It has a decent beat but the backing keyboard sounds are a little to poppy for me, It has a very catchy flow but not one of the best tracks in my opinion. Not terrible though but the music sounds like a tacky copy of the music in her huge hit Bleeding Love.
3.) Homeless 3:50
This is a haunting piano led ballad which is backed by strings and dramatic orchestral drum parts. This is a track which showcases the tenderness in Leona's voice. One of her best vocal performances on the album and a heartbreaking tale of a broken relationship where you don't feel yourself. This track is a hint at what she is capable of. As the drums kick in the song reaches a fantastic climax and also showcases the range of her voice.
4.) Better in Time 3:54
I love this ballad, It opens brilliantly with a fantastic piano intro which is backed by the strings and then the beat comes in. This track has the best example of her talent for moving through the lyrics, She flows through the lyrics superbly well on this catchy R&B/Pop track which was a huge hit too. Try and sing this song as well as she moves through the lyrics.
This track opens with a gentle piano part with Leona's gentle vocals. The deep beat comes in and this track moves along with a good flow but doesnt have that spark that the best tracks on Spirit have. It's worth a listen though as it is by no means a bad track and it has a good ending which showcases her ability with the difficult high notes.
6.) Take a Bow 3:54
This has a very American R&B style which would be most similar to artists like Brandy. It has a cathy R&B/Hip Hop beat and Leona's vocals shine. I really like the beat of the drum sequence and this track has a very decent flow and it shows she can do more than what you may be used to her doing with some of her most well known tracks.
7.) I Will Be 3:59
This was co written by Avril Lavigne and even before reading the sleeve notes you get the feel of an Avril Lavigne song. This is a suprisingly decent track which works despite the difference in the two artists. Soft rock drums accompany a slight pop/r&b feel which works well. Not the most instant track on Spirit but a decent one nonetheless.
8.) Angel 4:14
This is an R&B/Pop track which has a catchy beat and flows well. Although it has a nice flow and is catchy it does not rate quite as highly as the best tracks on here as it lacks that quality and the emotion does not come through on this track as much as it does on other tracks. A decent enough pop track though.
9.) Here I Am 4:52
This is a gorgeous ballad which opens with a Piano piece which is more than a little similar to the opening of Mariah Carey's hero. This track really showcases the tender emotiveness of Leona's voice. This ballad is about being there for someone when they really need you. This is Up there as one of the best on the album and a brilliant track.
10.) I'm You 3:48
This is one of the more R&B tracks on the album and showcases a gentle vocal from Leona and a generally laid back feel with the music, It's a decent track but lacks that excitement to seperate it from the crowd. Not a bad track but there are many ways you could improve it.
11.) The Best You Never Had 3:43
This is a catchy track with a great subject. The story of the track is about telling someone how good it could have been between you two before they messed it up. The gripe I have with this track is that I feel it should be a ballad instead of a catchy track which does not fit aswell with the meaning of the song. It could have been a great track as a slow ballad.
12.) The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 4:26
This track was originally recorded by Ewan MacColl in 1957 but is more commonly known by the Roberta Flack version. Leona Lewis does a very decent job on this laid back cover of the famous song. She shows good control and hits the high notes when needed to. A decent job.
13.) Footprints in the Sand 4:08
This gentle piano led ballad is like a drab Westlife track given life by someone who covers it. The basic story of the track is about being there for someone anytime you are needed, The subject of the song is in my opinion much like Lonestar's classic track I'm already there.
14.) A Moment like this 4.14
I am a big Kelly Clarkson fan and have seen her perform this track live at Hammersmith Apollo In March last year and I have to say even though Leona Lewis does a decent Job she can't touch the original version by Kelly Clarkson. A decent effort from Leona Lewis though.
Leona Lewis is talented there is no doubt about that but whether she can secure herself as one of the all time greats is another matter entirely. She has the voice to do it but she needs to have more focus and Spirit is a very good debut effort but has a number of questions that need to be answered before we can talk about her as a star for years to come.
Leona Lewis is in my opinion one of the best female singers we have produced in the UK for many years, having being first introduced to her as a possible X Factor contestant during the audition stages in 2006 I think I realised then that she was going to be a legend in the UK.
Once she had made it through the boot camp stages and into the live finals she really came into her own, mentored by Mr Simon Cowell she was destined to win the show hands down, no one could match her abilities although there were some very good artists on show as well as her.
Since Leona won, there has been no one to match her amazing voice. She has worked in the USA as well as the UK and has now brought out her first album 'Spirit', this album is fantastic and features some of my favourites including 'Bleeding Love' and her new single 'Run' which was originally released by Snow Patrol.
I wish Leona a lifetime of success, she deserves it!
I recall first seeing Leona Lewis on the Xfactor, two seasons back in 2006 and was very impressed... Just like most people who have heard her sing, you kinda think where has she been and why wasn't she discovered before because she has got amazing talent!
She then went on to America and spent months creating a new album which I for one was pretty keen to listen to after I heard her perform the single 'Bleeding Love' on a couple of TV shows.
I had a little dig on youtube before I got hold of the album once it was released and was very impressed with the tracks, even the ones that didn't end up on this album were pretty good with a nice mixture of Soul and RnB tracks.
The album has 14 tracks with her debut single 'A Moment Like This' which she also sang on the Xfactor final. This track first showcased her great voice and vocals and it is a well known track that many enjoy.
Other popular tracks include 'Bleeding Love' which is also one of my favourites, 'Better In Time' and I also really like 'Take a Bow' and 'Footprints In the Sand'.
On the whole, a great album to chill, relax and unwind to. A great debut album that showcases her talent well. With a number of popular tracks on this album - you will not be bored and will probably sing along as it has those kind of melodies you just want to practise your vocals on too ha:)
As many say, one of the UK's best exports:), one of the best singers out of the UK for a long time and she is my favourite singer out of the UK. She has done tremendously well and will be recognised for the achievement and we will all continue to think, good on her...
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Now I am a Fan of xfactor and when I watched leona Lewis in the auditions I knew she would win she just blew me away.This girl is amazing and deserves all the sucess Im sure she is going to achieve.Already breaking america I have secret hope she is going to be as big as mariah carey or celine dion one day.
There is nothing i can fault about this album I love every track and my favourites have to be bleeding love, which is mine and my boyfriends song,homeless,take a bow,I will be.
I watched Leona perform a cover hit 'run' by snow patrol which was amazing I will be buying that next time i hit the shops.
It will be appearing on her album spirit which has been re-released with bonus tracks including 'run','forgive me','misses glass' the deluxe edition also features all her music videos and behind the scenes footage.
Leona Lewis is one of the most famous people around the world at the minute, it is scary to think that two years ago we had not heard of Leona Lewis. Discovered on the X Factor she was instant hit with the audience and the eventual but obvious winner of that series. A year wait before releasing the album which Cowell hadnt really tried any way before shone and let Leona perfect a style of music she was comfortable with. The album went platinum in one week and is the fastest selling debut by a female in the UK ever, it and the song Bleeding Love have been doing the buisness around UK and US and several other countries and Leona has secured millions of sales, even a coverted UK and US number one
The album really is good and thats a testament to Leona's voice, the highlights for me are Better In Time which is a brillant song and was also a single as well, Footprints In The Sand is beatufiul almost stunning, some songs are weak especially those the end - the first few tracks are phenomenal i especially like Whatever It Takes, Homeless will leave you gasping for me. A brillant album by a even better vocalist - i only say that the secondhalf of the album should have been as good as the first. She's given a brillant name to the X Factor and a UK talent show really has discovered for once a world wide star,
I think that a re release as people are talking about is awful, it sold millions in the UK and US - whos gonna buy a £10 for 3 new songs even though they are all good. These songs by another artist would have been ruined but Leona put her own stamp on it - sometimes it does feeling like she is whaling like sharks shouting out and i cringe but moments where she hits the notes in Better In Time i get goosebumps, what a great album and how happy do you think Simon is?
I cant believe that Leona Lewis has never made it big time before the X Factor she has such an amazing voice. I bought her album recently and ive got to say it is my favourite album of all time. She spent a year making her album and it was definately worth the wait. There are fourteen tracks on her album as follows-
Bleeding Love, Whatever it takes, Homeless, Better in time, Yesterday, Take a bow,I will be, Angel, Here i am, I'm you, The best you never had, the first time ever i saw your face, footprints in the sand and a bonus track A moment like this.This is the song she sang at the live final and her first single which reached number one.
I have never purchased an album where i like all of the songs normally there are a few that you can pick out as your favourites. But i can honestly say i love every single song on the album. Quite a few times i thought she sounded like Christina Aguilera when singing but that still is a good thing. Her new song Forgive me is again an excellent song and she justs seems to be improving. If she keeps it up i can see her being as big a star as Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey or any of the other big divas, shes definately got the potential.
I absolutely LOVE this album! Who'd have thought that a show which produces manufactured pop would find a really amazing talent like Leona? She's up on par with the Whitneys and Mariahs of the world, and like Simon says.... the best the X Factor has ever seen..... maybe ever will see?
The album - Spirit - is fantastic, and has songs for everyones liking. They will make you laugh, cry, dance, and sing along, and each song will relate to someone in some way. The amount of emotion in this album is phenomenal, and WILL make you cry at some point!
Even the album cover is great, Leona looks amazing, her eyes are fantastic...... mesmerizing.....
So anyway, the tracklist goes something like this:-
1 - Bleeding love - Went straight to number 1 around the world, fantastic tune, gonna be one for the karaoke :)
2 - Whatever it takes - Funky li'l tune, catchy. "Da da-da da da da!"
3 - Homeless - Amazing vocals on this song, love it when the drums start towards the end :)
4 - Better in time - Again, great tune, but I'm gona be saying it about all of 'em.... even so, her voice is great!
5 - Yesterday - Some really high bits in this song, same as most, but Leona's vocal range IS better than Mariah Careys! :)
6 - Take a bow - LOVE this song, has been played over and over again on my itunes :) Full of attitude, by far my favourite song on the album!
7 - I will be - Completely different to the last song, bit soppy, but not as much as tracks 9 or 13. Still... a good tune, gets momentum towards the chorus and livens up abit :)
8 - Angel - Funky li'l tune.... one thing you will find with this album is that each song will relate to someone somewhere in some way :)
9 - Here I am - Again, love this song, made me cry! Definitely one of my faves.
10 - I'm you - Great song!
11 - The best you never had - Leona shows her amazing vocal range again in this one, as in most, but again, good tune..... I know I'm sayin the same about most songs.... lol! Catchy tune though!
12 - The first time ever I saw your face - Quite an emotional one, I've been told its a cover, but I didnt know, even so.... I like this version :)
13 - Footprints in the sand - Another tearjerker, but love it all the same :)
14 - A Moment like this - I didnt think it was the best idea in the world for Leona to do this song as it wasnt long after Kelly Clarksons version had gone to the top. However, in true Leona style, she pulled it off, and it went straight to number 1!
So.... the album overall is first class, with a variety of styles and a whole lotta love :)
Leona Lewis - That girl has spirit!!
After being glued watching X Factor a few years back and loving this girl them, I still think she is fantastic now.
Before the release of this album I had a good idea I would like it. Leona has such a powerful and lovely voice and her personality matches it completely. Leona seems to be such a sweet girl and very pretty also!!
Leona has had some brilliant songs during the X factor competition, one of my favourites being the duet with Take That (How fantastic was that - A million love songs) but this album is great.
The track list is as follows
1. Bleeding Love
2. Whatever It Takes
4. Better In Time
6. Take A Bow
7. I Will Be
9. Here I Am
10. I'm You
11. The Best You Never Had
12. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
13. Footprints In The Sand
14. A Moment Like This - UK Bonus Track
From this album I really like 'Bleeding Love' , this song was Leona's first single and what a good one it was. It took a while for her to release this song after winning the Xfactor - however Leona came with a bang and hit the UK and the US. Shortly after this song Leona released 'Better in Time' and 'Footprints in the sand' a double A side release, both of these songs were exceptional.
The bonus track is probably my least favourite song on the album, probably because it has been over used by American Idol and Xfactor competitions. I can see why this song is only on the UK version of the album as Kelly Clarkson (the american idol winner) first released this song and perhaps they did not want to make it look like she was competing with her!
Overall this album is really good, great to chill out to, do the housework and drive. Not the best album to get you in the party mood. xx
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Bleeding Love
2 Whatever It Takes
4 Better In Time
6 Take A Bow
7 I Will Be
9 Here I Am
10 Im You
11 The Best You Never Had
12 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
13 Footprints In The Sand
14 A Moment Like This - UK Bonus Track