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Genre: R&B & Soul - Pop R&B / Artist: Leona Lewis / Audio CD released 2008-11-17 at Syco

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      24.04.2012 13:45

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      For an X Factor contestant this is pretty good!

      This is a very impressive album and Leona sings every song beautifully. She has an amazing voice and you never tire of hearing it.

      The power ballad Bleeding Love is my favourite song on the album. Leona hits every note perfectly and this is one gorgeous love song. It doesn't sound cheesy at all and the lyrics fit the song really well. The song is very catchy and you just want to play it over and over. The album does contain a few songs which follow the same theme as Bleeding Love but they aren't as good in my opinion. The album does contain a mixture of upbeat pop songs and ballads but it is mostly ballads. Around 75% of the album is slow, however with Leona's amazing vocals (on every song) this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

      There's a cover version of Snow Patrol's Run on here which is good but not great. I am a MASSIVE Snow Patrol fan and I happen to know the band personally. This version seems a little flat compared to the original and, to me, Gary Lightbody sings it with more emotion. However, Leona belts out the last two minutes of the song very well and for this reason I won't call it terrible.

      The upbeat songs are songs such as Better In Time and Forgive Me. Leona does upbeat songs well, however ballads are more her thing. The album is much better compared to the first edition. Plus it contains a bonus DVD too.

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      20.07.2009 12:33

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      good album

      Leona is a very talented musician with a very good voice that i like and admire with all my heart.This album spirit is a very good album packed with about 24 very good songs that were sang with so much emotion and i love anyone who sings there songs with so much emotion like this.My favourate songs on this album are bleeding in love and better in time, these songs i must say stand out from the rest of the songs on the album they were sang with some much emotion and they touch my heart in every possible way that i can think of .This album also bring out her talented , gorgeous voice .It is nice to see that we have such good talented singers in our country .The price set on this album is really affordable, i think it is a bargain because you get so much for your money in return ,two discs with a total of 24 songs .

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      17.05.2009 21:43
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      Great buy, real chill out music

      I wondered what had happened to Leona after the X factor, she was astounding, not what I thought I would like to listen to music wise but you can't deny she has an unbelievable voice. Well I'm not surprised she disappeared for so long, I was given her album Spirit - The Deluxe Edition as a Christmas gift and it's no wonder it took so long, it's a true masterpiece. It's one of those album's where every single track is amazing and you don't want to skip over any of them. The incredible version of 'Run' by Snow Patrol is on there, that's why my husband bought this album for me, I heard her sing it on 'Diva's' on ITV and I was sold from then on as Leona Lewis fan. Such a class act to be produced from a British talent show. She's elegant, ladylike and classy with a voice to die for. All her hit singles are on there with loads of extra bonus tracks, there's 17 tracks plus a DVD with 6 music videos. Looks like Amazon are selling it for £4.96 so go and and bag yourself a bargain, I gurantee you will love it!

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        09.04.2009 23:04
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        Good if your feeling emotional!

        Fantastic album, having watched the x factor i was a big leona lewis fan, but as all albums go, i expected some songs to be good, some to be bad. I was very suprised to find i didn't skip any songs on this album (usually im always faffing about skipping tracks i don't like) She is such a tallented young lady and her songs on the album reflect this. I particulary like 'best you never had' but thats just a personal choice. The only negative thing about this album is the fact it was re-released just for an extra 3 songs (i think) because 'run' (originally by snow patrol) was such a big hit, re-releasing the album meant it was probably brought all over again by people just wanting to hear that song, so it was a big money making move (one which probably paid off no doubt)

        The Tracks

        Track 1 - Bleeding Love - Song about a girl that has had her heart broken too many times, she then finds a true love and her heart is 'bleeding' with love and this time is seems to be so much different

        Track 2 - Whatever it Takes - A love story about a relationship that others are set against, but she doesn't care what other people say, they are happy and thats all that matters

        Track 3 - Homeless - A girl on her own, a lover that has gone, it seems she is very sorry for something she has done, she feels she cannot survive without his love

        Track 4 - Better in time - Song about a relationship that has broken down, she is sad, hurt but she feels eventually she can become strong and get on with her life without them.

        Track 5 - Yesterday - This song is very sad and emotional, this can be interpreted in many different ways, but i interpret it as someone who has been lost to a tradegy, its very moving and she sings about all their plans being ruined but nobody can take away thier memories.

        Track 6 - Take a Bow - She sings here about her giving everything to this guy, and he just took her for a ride, take a bow means that he "perfomed" all the way through thier relationship only she didn't see it untill it was too late

        Track 7 - I Will Be - This song is a love that she never wants to lose, as the song begins it seems she took him for granted, but towards the end, she sings about changing her ways as she never wants to lose him

        Track 8 - Angel - This song is so full of love, she sings about a relationshipthat is perfect in every way she comments that they are the new 'romeo and juliet'

        Track 9 - Here I Am - I think this song is about friendship, saying that when everone else is gone, if they're ever hurt, alone or feeling sad, they will always be there no matter what.

        Track 10 - I'm You - Here, she is singing, to herself, about a girl who is talking to someone telling them that they deserve better, but she doesn't realise she is talking to her reflection and it is her that needs to make the change.

        Track 11 - The Best You Never Had - This is somebody who was so in love, but they didn't want to know her, until her life turned around, she got success and then he decided he wanted her, but now she is bascially saying, you had your chance, you lost it, your not getting another

        Track 12 - the First Time I Ever Saw Your Face - This song is not very long, but descibes perfectly, love at first site.

        Track 13 - Footprints In The Sand - Song released for charity, there is a poem written and the original was about god, always being there, it was said that their were two lots of footprints, this was when god walked beside you and when there was only one set during your times of trial and suffering, it was when god carried you. This song very much echos this, doesn't necessarily mean about god, it can be about a mother, sister, father, friend, lover ect.

        Track 14 - A Moment Like This - Her Xfactor winners song, a success song, waiting what seems like a lifetime then your dreams coming true

        Track 15 - Forgive Me - Upbeat song (the only one i can recall!) About a girl who is in a relationship but doesn't really want to be, shes out and sees someone who looks exciting and decides to take the chance

        Track 16 - Misses Glass - A song about a broken heart, she is too proud to show how much she is hurting, so she keeps it bottled up inside

        TRack 17 - Run - Originally by snow patrol, I think this song is about a relationship break up, not because they dont love each other, but for other reasons, and they hope one way or another, they will be together again.

        So there is my review of the songs, each song can have a different meaning depending on how you interpret it, a lot of the songs are ballards, and if there was one reccommendation, i'd say she should sing a few more upbeat songs!.

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          29.03.2009 16:47
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          a mixed album

          I'm not the biggest fan of Leana Lewis, I didn't really see her on the Xfactor but I do respect that she is actually a really good singer and that when she sings live, and she does sing live, she always sounds almost exactly the same as she does on her studio album.

          This is the deluxe version of her album, I believe she added a few extra songs on here after the success she has from the first edition of her album spirit. There are now seventeen songs on here which I think is very good value for money but of course its not about quantity, its about quality right?

          1.Bleeding Love
          2.Whatever It Takes
          3.Homeless
          4.Better In Time
          5.Yesterday
          6.Take A Bow
          7.I Will Be
          8.Angel
          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
          15.Forgive Me
          16.Misses Glass
          17.Run

          Okay, well ill start off with bleeding love, it's the first song on her album and was the first single release from her after the Xfactor single was released.
          I must say that I didn't really like this song, and whilst and I don't mind it now its still not one of my favourites from her.

          I think one of my favorote songs from her is better in time, I just really like the whole tune of the song and I really like the lyrics too. Another one of my favourites by her is run, however it's a bit ironic that one of her best songs is actually a cover.

          Id say that about 40% of this album is great content, and then 60% is just alright-ish songs that you will forget after listening to, I do like most of the album though, I also respect that she is a great singer and that she waited about a year perfecting this before releasing it although it could have done with some more singles on there.

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          28.02.2009 15:13
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          great

          There was a small uproar when this album came out in its Deluxe format, namely because it only contained two new songs and people thought they were being ripped off. Yes they probably were, but if you're only being ripped off if you actually go ahead and buy it!

          Who is she:

          Leona won the X Factor and has had three number one singles to date, broken various records and oh the list goes on!

          Highlights:

          'Bleeding Love' is a stunning ballad, penned by US singer Jesse McCartney. Her vocals are breathy and assured and she delivers the song with tremendous fiery energy, climaxing with a savage ending which will knock you for six. The song is emotive and very well written.

          'Whatever It Takes' is sufficient if not a little by the numbers, as Leona goes through the motions, saying she will make it through, keep on trying, etc! You know the kind of lyrical content to expect. The song is well sung though, just a bit ordinary sounding.

          'Homeless' is better, in which she really lets rip and strikes an emotional chord with some socially aware lyrics. This should have been a single.

          'Take A Bow' is all rather subdued and throughtful and finds her with her head lowered, singing elegently over an urban esque beat which wouldn't sound out of place on a Timbaland album.

          Her version of Snow Patrol's 'Run' is superb. It is a fresh take on the original in which her vocals soar to heights that Gary Lightbody would never have been able to pull off, it will probably make you cry as she hits the high notes. While it lacks that raw edge of the original version, her tender take on it still works very well.

          Overall:

          17 tracks here gives you a solid album and some classy artwork alongside. A female voice to be reckoned with.

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            10.02.2009 22:39
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            Leona's 'newer' vesion of Spirit!

            I''m sure you've heard of the name Leona Lewis (if you havn't , I can only imagine that you have been stranded on a desert island with no access to the music charts , television or the internet). If this is the case then I will tell you exactly who this Leona Lewis is.

            Leona Louise Lewis was born on April 3rd 1985 in Hackney , London to parents Joe and Maria. She has two brothers , one older and one younger than her. Leona auditioned for the British talent show The X Factor in 2006 , which she went on to win. After The X Factor , she 'vanished' for a about ten months , to record her debut album Spirit. Spirit was released in the United Kingdom in November 2007. The album did really well and reached number one in several countries , including the United Kingdom , America , Australia and Germany. A couple of months later , it is announced that Leona will re-release Spirit with a couple of new songs. This is the album that I will now review.

            When I heard that Leona Lewis was releasing a 'newer' version of her number one album Spirit , I was curious. I already had a copy of the original version and was very pleased with it. My immediate thought when I heard about the 'deluxe' version was : 'what an easy way to make money out of the fans'. I decided , as much as I love Leona , I wasn't going to put more money into her pocket by purchasing something I already had with only one or two changes. So when my friend (who is also a massive fan of Leona) told me she had recently bought this album , I was desperate to know what all the fuss was about without parting with my hard earned cash , and so I asked her if I could borrow it.

            Spirit : The Deluxe Edition was released in the United Kingdom on 17th November 2008. There are nineteen tracks on the album (five songs more than on the original CD). The added singles include : 'Forgive Me' , ' Misses Glasses' , ',Run' ,'Forgiveness' and 'You Bring Me Down'. I will now give a description of some of the tracks on the album. (For those of you who would like to know more about the original 'Spirit' album , please check out my review on this CD)


            * Bleeding Love *
            This was Leona's second single and first single from this album. The single was received very well by the public and stayed at number one in the UK singles chart for several weeks! It's like an upbeat ballad if you get what I mean. I like this song , however no offence to Leona , I think her vocals sound a bit "moany" on this track. I give this song an 8/10

            * Better In Time *
            This is one of my favourite songs on the album. It has a strong beat along with the sound of the piano. This song is great for those who have just split up with their boyfriend/girlfriend.

            * Footprints in the sand *
            This is a beautiful ballad. Leona sings along well with the simple chords of a piano. Her voice is rich and powerful. Drums come in on the chorus. It's the type of song you can just sit down and relax to. There is a choir in the background , which sounds great with Leona. The song is quite emotional.

            * Take A Bow *
            Beginning reminds me slightly of Destiny's Child Survivor. This song has a strong beat. It has some high notes in it that Leona manages to reaches no problem. The song slows down on the third chorus and the beat sounds quieter and then the song speeds up again.

            * I will Be *
            Starts off with Leona singing along to a piano. Drums come in on the second verse. The third chorus reminds me of a kelly Clarkson song.

            * Homeless *
            I think this song is similar to Christina Aguilera's "Hurt" due to the piano and orchestral music. You could imagine Leona sitting down by a piano singing this. There is something emotional about this song. It's a simple yet effective tune.

            * Run *
            This is a cover version of Snow Patrols Run. I loved the original version and so when I heard Leona was going to do a version , I was a bit worried that she'd ruin the success of the original , although now I absolutely love this dramatic version , and now listening to the original sounds 'boring' now. This song is extremely emotional to listen to. I find the first verse takes a while to 'get going' but as the song goes on , it gets better and better , I love the dramatic ending it has.

            * Forgive Me *
            This is a bouncy upbeat track. It's nice to hear Leona with a 'lively track instead of the usual emotional ballads she sends us. The chorus is incredibly catchy. The lyrics don't seem like something Leona would say 'If his love don't past the test / I gotta get it from somewhere else!'. A great song!

            * Forgiveness *
            This songs sounds a lot like a Christina Aguilera song. She even sounds like her a bit in some places. This song is too repetitive for my liking.

            * You Bring Me Down *
            I love this song before. It's so catchy and full of attitude. I think this song really sounds Leona's voice.

            * Misses Glasses *
            Not really a fan of this song, I don't feel it reaches it's peak.

            This Version also includes a DVD featuring the music videos to
            Bleeding Love - UK Version
            Bleeding Love - US Version
            Better In Time
            Footprints In The Sand
            Forgive Me
            A Moment Like This
            Forgive Me - Making The Video

            * My Overall Opinion *

            First of all , I think Spirit is one of the best albums out there at the moment. The album contains a mixture of ballads and songs you can dance to. It's an album you can listen to when getting ready for a night out , for chilling out , or to have playing along in the car. Her vocals are rich and powerful ; She is just amazing to listen to , and to think that she is so young. She is like a younger Whitney Houston. This album is great for people of all ages , up-beat tracks for teens and a few ballads for adults ; there's something for everyone on here.I give this album 9/10. Us Britons should be proud of our 'Very Own Whitney Houston'. She's beautiful , talented and most probably very rich by now after the number of albums she has sold.

            I loved the original Spirit album, however when I found out that the newer version included all of the songs from the original with only five new tracks , I was quite disappointed. Two of the 'new' songs were singles (run and forgive me) and so really , there isn't any 'suprises' ,because the buyer will most probably have already heard the songs before, As for the other three songs , apart from , 'You Bring Me Down' , I can't say I'm impressed with the other two songs. I'm sure they were just added as fillers , just so there was an excuse to re-release the album , which in my opinion is poor.

            The album does include a DVD which includes Leona's music videos to her singles as well as the making-of her single 'forgive me'. I wasn't impressed with this feature , because it's nothing new , and not like I've not seen the videos before , because I have. I can switch on the music channels and watch her videos and if they're not on the television , I can simply watch them on you tube.com for free. As for the making of forgive me , I have already seen it on the television , and again if I wanted to see it , could easily watch it on you tube. By buying this album , you are paying for something you can have for free anyway.

            Unless you desperately need this album to complete your collection , I wouldn't buy this if you already have the original version. I think you'd be much better off buying the original album and then buying the 'forgive me' and 'run' singles. As for the videos included , you can watch them on you tube.com
            However if you don't have the original album , then this is a great buy , well worth your money. If I had bought this CD and didn't own the original then I would think it was excellent value , but because I already own the original , I can see that this is a trick of the record company's trying to get us to pay double the price for something most fans will probably already have! Not impressed!

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              04.02.2009 23:22
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              This is the massive-selling album from Leona Lewis, which has sold almost 3 million in the UK

              This is the smash-hit album from 2006 X Factor winner Leona Lewis, which spawned hits such as Bleeding Love, Better In Time and Forgive Me. I have to admit that I bought the album on the strength of Bleeding Love, and was a bit disappointed that the only track that was similar to this was Take A Bow, which for some reason has not been released as a single (maybe because Rihanna released a track of the same name around the same time, although Rihanna's track was slower and quite different). The rest of the album is packed full of mid-tempo to low-tempo tracks such as Better In Time, Yesterday, Whatever It Takes, Angel and The Best You Never Had, alongside the big ballads that became her trademark on The X Factor, such as Homeless, I Will Be, Here I Am, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Footprints In The Sand.

              In comparison to the original album, the Deluxe Edition of Spirit has Forgive Me, Run and Misses Glass as additional tracks. Run is typical of Leona, in that it demonstrates her impressive vocals, although I would have preferred this to be demonstrated on a song that is not a cover. Misses Glass and Forgive Me sound like Leona's attempts at proving that she can sing dancey-style pop and American r 'n'b, but these sound a bit strained and outside of her comfort zone.

              In terms of weaker tracks, there are some forgettable ones that blend into one another. I frequently skip Here I Am and I'm You as they do not appeal to me. Here I Am seems like an attempt at a big power ballad in the same vein as Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You or Mariah Carey's cover of Without You, but the high notes at the end of practically every line get quite grating. Footprints In The Sand is a much stronger track if you like this type of thing. I'm You is more uptempo but again, it does not grab me at all. It comes across as a track that is there to fill a quota of uptempo/mid-tempo tracks on the album. There are stronger upbeat tracks such as Bleeding Love and Take A Bow.

              Overall, I would say that this is a pretty good album. It has a lot of slow and mid-tempo tracks, as you might expect from Leona. If you are expecting an album full of Bleeding Love type tracks, you will be disappointed as there are few tracks like this on the album. Most of the tracks are quite safe and because of that, they aren't many potential singles that would get lots of radio airplay. However, as album tracks they are fine. I hope that her second album has less in the way of ballads and more faster tracks to pitch her as a more current artist. Although I like this album and frequently listen to it on my iPod, it does sound a bit dated.

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              21.01.2009 10:20
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              Multi-million pound selling, faceless debut

              Since 2007, it has been virtually impossible to escape Leona Lewis. After the Christmas number one single in 2006, she spent most of the following year recording her debut album, Spirit, which was released in November 07 and which has since gone on to sell more than 6 million copies around the world. The album has spawned three number one singles in the UK, one of which (Bleeding Love) went to number one in twelve other countries. In November 2008, a year after the album's original release, a "deluxe" version was re-issued, featuring three new recordings and a bonus DVD disc of videos for the album's singles. Incredibly, the re-issued version returned to top of the charts and shifted thousands more copies, in spite of the huge volume already sold.

              It's hard to know what the appeal is with Leona Lewis. She's unquestionably beautiful, with striking, natural features and the most incredible eyes. She has an extremely powerful voice and, as her performance on the X Factor demonstrated, she can perform exceptionally well live. She's wholesome (voted the sexiest vegetarian of 2007) and turned down £1million to turn on the Harrods Christmas lights in the face of the store's policy on selling fur. She's been with the same boyfriend since she was 11 and in spite of her new-found millions, she has stayed true to her London roots. The only trouble with Leona Lewis is that she has absolutely no personality whatsoever. Spirit is testament to this.

              For the deluxe UK version, the track listing increases from 14 to 17, but don't be fooled that the addition of a trio of new songs does anything to give the album a different feel. Almost entirely devoted to songs about love (lost and gained), with Spirit you know exactly what you are getting pretty much from the start.

              On the production side, it's a relative cornucopia of talent, featuring a host of names associated with other big-selling chart acts. This is the musical equivalent of a blockbuster movie; a heavy-duty, heavily-invested disc, crammed full of successful names that will almost certainly guarantee enormous success. For a new recording artist, it's something of a dream, and even if Leona were now to disappear into obscurity, her association with an album of this nature will always be a big deal. Mostly recorded in Los Angeles, the album features tracks written and/or produced by Ryan Tedder (a big contributor to Pop Idol winner Kelly Clarkson and member of the band OneRepublic), J R Rotem (Britney Spears collaborator), Kara DioGuardi (Lisa Stansfield, Celine Dion, Pink, Pussycat Dolls) and Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin, Lara Fabian) - and that's just for starters. In total 22 people are credited with production duties on this album and, not surprisingly, much of the content sounds rather like any other radio-friendly pop ballad that you might have heard in the last ten years.

              Not surprisingly, it's a very consistent collection, driven by the very safe approach adopted here by the singer and executive producer Simon Cowell. With the album's target demographic in sight, there is nothing even the slightest bit edgy or different here, almost as if the production team was terrified of taking Lewis out of her comfort zone. Indeed, the closest the album comes to this is on Forgive Me, one of the three new tracks that try to get Lewis closer to the dance floor. The video to the track highlights the root cause of the problem - the girl just can't dance, which is a sure fire recipe for a lacklustre dance song. The upside to this, of course, is that if power ballads, highly-strung love songs and musical emotional outpouring are your thing then, with Spirit, you've come to the right place.

              Whatever the X Factor naysayers say (probably nay, I suppose) there are some very good pop songs here. Bleeding Love (the opening track and best-selling single) was an extremely promising start. At around the 100 beats per minute mark, it's more an R & B tune than a ballad and the clever (but subtle) arrangement here accentuates the painful vocal. Better in Time (the second single) is, for me, the better of the two, with a much more addictive tune and the rather less grandiose arrangement makes it rather easier to listen to. Take A Bow (not the same song as that performed by Rihanna, or the one performed by Madonna) is another strong selection that amply demonstrates the power and range of Lewis's vocal. Run (another new song for the deluxe version) is an accomplished version of the Snow Patrol song, arguably (dare I say it) better than the original that sweeps into an epic vocal climax that leaves few neck hairs in a horizontal position. Indeed, it was the popularity of Run that prompted the re-issued version, and contributed heavily to the sales success of this disc overall, as at the original time of release, you couldn't get it anywhere else.

              She's not at her best when gets all pathetic on us. Homeless, for example, is a vocally contrived power blast where Leona warbles just a bit too much. "Yesterday" has that irritating "cha-cha" clapping beat that makes you want to start body popping from side to side, but is otherwise a clichéd jaunt into not letting them get you down. "I Will Be" is a cover of a song originally recorded by Avril Lavigne that gets typically overblown as Lewis virtually shouts her way through the last chorus and "Angel" sounds like something Christina Aguilera did ten years ago. It's certainly true to say that there is a lot of instantly forgettable material here.

              Whether you look at the album's successes or failures, one thing rings resoundingly true across the whole piece and that's the fact that there isn't an ounce of personality anywhere to be seen. That doesn't mean that Lewis didn't give it her all - far from it - it's just that the sum of her all is not very much. Compared to the versatility of artists like Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera who are equally comfortable on the stage, in the clubs or singing ballads on the beach, Leona Lewis simply brings nothing new to the party. Indeed, vocally, there are similarities between the three singers, particularly between Lewis and Carey, who both have a tendency to warble and subscribe to the philosophy of singing a word in eighty-two bars when one would probably suffice. (The track called Here I Am really could be Mariah Carey). In very short doses it can have little effect but after more than two or three songs, it quickly becomes grating and this is definitely not an album that can be listened to in one setting. This is really best described as background music; something to have on at a barely audible volume when being able to hear it very well is inessential.

              The track listing varies around the globe but can be found under the product overview tab here on www.dooyoo.co.uk. True Leona fanatics should track down the Japanese version, which boasts nineteen tracks compared to the seventeen offered on the UK version but if they are true fanatics, they probably won't need to read this to know that. Anyone who bought the original version will be slightly irritated that they now need to fork out their money all over again to get those three new songs and the addition of a DVD of the music videos is scant consolation. Nonetheless, it's not hard to see why the record company would choose to do this. Lewis is gold dust at the moment, but like anything else that is entirely without substance will almost certainly just blow away without leaving any real lasting impression.

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                A first rate album

                When Leona Lewis auditioned for X Factor, you could see that she was something special. She was extremely quiet and didn't realise just how good she was.
                Then she went on to win and had a huge hit with her winner's single. Then she disappeared from public view.
                Then in October 2007 she reappears with a stunning debut album which has been carefully thought about and not thrown together to make the most of her momentum after her huge success on the X Factor.
                Her first single, Bleeding Love, was sensational and truly showed the world just what she could do. Each single subsequently released was of the same high quality and standard as the previous one.
                She then got permission to sing and record Run previously sung by Snow Patrol and this showed a completely different side. It would have been criminal not to include this on a revised album and puts her in a league of her own.
                Definitely an album to buy and you never get bored of listening to the songs over and over again. A perfect way to relax

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                its a must have if you're a fan, great songs, emotionally sung

                Ever since I seen Leona Lewis on Xfactor, I just knew she was going to be massive, and look at her now. After the release of the massive hit 'Bleeding Love' I didn't think she'd be able to follow it up with anything as near as good as it, how wrong I was. Aswell as 'Bleeding love' on the album is the follow up single 'Better in time' which is beautifully sung with a catchy chorus. Personally I think she could have a hit single with every song on the album, I just love every one, there's so much emotion and feeling in the lyrics, you can't help but fall in love with the super talented Leona. If you think this album is just full of ballads, then please do not be mistaken. It's a healthy mixture of ballad/pop/uptempo songs. After the recent release of a cover version of Snow Patrol's 'Run' you'd be silly to miss this album, as it just shows how fantastic Leona actually is, it's a solid debut album and I recommend it to any fan of pop music. Leona's here to stay

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                  12.01.2009 03:41
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                  You need to buy this album it is one not to be missed

                  Since I first head Leona audition for the X Factor in 2006 I know there was something about her. Then she entered the live shows and I knew she would sail through them and be a star just because she can hit all the notes. Leona disappeared to America for a few months after winning and when she made her eventual appearance in Sept/Oct 07 she absolutely hit the charts like nothing before. I first proper debute single "Bleeding Love" stormed the charts and stayed at number 1 for 7 weeks. She first sang Bleeding Love on the first live show of the X Factor and from there it was a dead cert for number 1.

                  All the hard work in L.A. with Clive Davis working on producing an amazing album paid off in the end as she has gone on to become the most successful act to come out of a reality show and to become one of the best singers.

                  She has gained several top 10 single which are "A Moment Like This" "Bleeding Love" "Better In Time" "Footprints In The Sand" "Forgive Me" and the recent and extremely popular "Run". Her success with this album eventually got her to break into America and storm the charts over there breaking the record to be the first female solo artist to have their debut album go straight to number 1.

                  Leona's success has caused more people to audition for the X Factor with a hope to follow in her success.

                  Leona has been compared to the likes of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey and she deserves it too because she can hit any note in her songs. From ballads to full on pop songs Leona can do it all!

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                    08.01.2009 15:23
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                    Leona Lewis re-releases her already 1m selling album ARGHHH!

                    Leona Lewis, what can you say is the most successful act to come from a reality tv show and this is no argument, i dont like her much to be honest i find sometimes the warbling and the notes annoying beyond belief but she has conqueered the UK and US market undoubtely well with the help Simon Cowell and Clive Davis. She has had number ones in the UK, US and all around the world something which other reality acts from anywhere cant boast, and has sold millions of records last year on the back of her two mega hits Run and Bleeding Love. Girls Aloud and Will Young are up there, but Leona success wise is something else.

                    I listened to this album, because i was intrigued although i must it's a rip off and shameful for Leona to re-release an album that sold so much already, re releases should be for albums that didnt sell well like Leons and Shayne Ward's. Bleeding Love is very catchy and sticks in your head thats why it conquered the world, Whatever it takes should have been a single i love it, Homeless is emotional and i think should have been a charity single., My fave song is better in time, i just love that intro. Take a Bow reminds of Rhianna but th ats not why we like leona. I Will be is another fave, so catchy and it's stolen from Avril Lavigne but Leona shows emotion and her range very well here. IO didnt Here I Am or I'm You, thought they where boring. First Time I Saw Your Face works, but is too boring In my opinion. Footprints in the sand, obviously the poem brought to life but it's brillant got to say. A Moment Like this, is a good version but Kelly Clarkson does it better. Forgive Me is catchy and i like the video but song/artist is not matched here - that is a song for Beyonce not Leona. I dont like Misses Glasses very much although it has a lot praise from others. Run is exceptional but again stolen from Snow Patrol this time.

                    Leona has a fair bit of good vids, so a interesting DVD of disk 2 obviously. It's a good album, not good enough to be released twice but i cant believe that 1 million people re bought it last year without realising they already had all these tracks when 1 million bought it the year before - their is about 4/5 new songs but thats it, thats why ITunes will ensure you dont get ripped off, just buy the new songs!

                    I dont Leona much if i am honest but she has one heck of a voice and thats why i gave this a try, i love 80% of the songs, and dont praise this re-release but there is no doubting that Leona is talented and the majority of the songs are exceptional

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                      07.01.2009 17:45
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                      Very good album well worth listening to

                      Since the first time I herd Leona on X Factor I loved her, its about time we had a credible female artist in the UK. I had the first spirit album & never got bored of listening to it.

                      When I herd Run on Radio one I was hoping she was going to release it as I found it spine tingling & thought it was far better than the original.

                      I was so pleased when I found out she was going to re-release the album with her version of run on it & a couple of others, although I think that she should have maybe waited until she had some more material & released a complete new album as i fell that it a bit of a cop out to release a new album but only have three new songs on it.

                      I realise that you could just download the new songs & put them with her other stuff but I think its nice to have a complete album.

                      Having said that the album is brilliant & I dont think I will ever get bored of listening to it.

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                      05.01.2009 17:30
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                      A*******

                      Her voice and talent was just what the UK was waiting for... and her album does not disappoint. I've chosen to review the deluxe edition as the inclusion of 'run' makes the album even more magical.
                      Her voice is fantastic and effortless and she makes every song she sings her own. You can't help but love it. Bleeding love was a phenomenal success and I'm sure she'll have many more to come, this album proves just how talented she is.
                      Unlike with other albums which entice you with one good song all songs on this album are consistently good. You could easily listen to the whole thing through without skipping past a song, each song guaranteed to give you chills. This is by far the best album of 2008 and I would recommend it to any music tastes as there's something enthralling about this voice. Would make a fantastic mothers day present or gift for any special occassion really.

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                    Disc #1 Tracklisting
                    1 Bleeding Love
                    2 Whatever It Takes
                    3 Homeless
                    4 Better In Time
                    5 Yesterday
                    6 Take A Bow
                    7 I Will Be
                    8 Angel
                    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
                    15 Forgive Me
                    16 Misses Glass
                    17 Run

                    Disc #2 Tracklisting
                    1 Bleeding Love - UK Version
                    2 Bleeding Love - US Version
                    3 Better In Time
                    4 Footprints In The Sand
                    5 Forgive Me
                    6 A Moment Like This
                    7 Forgive Me - Making The Video