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Spirit

Leona LewisAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)

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When Leona Lewis released her debut album Spirit in the U.S. in April 2008, she and her mentors Simon Cowell and Clive Davis took the world by storm and set off an unstoppable chain of record-breaking events that culminated in the newcomer becoming 2008’s best-selling new artist of the year worldwide.

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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B0012TBGYC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Winner of Britain’s "The X-Factor," Leona Lewis debuts with a mix of pop and R&B. She is blessed with a vocal range that’s so versatile, in songs like "Better In Time," that one may immediately compare her to Mariah Carey or Beyoncé Knowles, especially in "The First Time I Ever Saw You." It’s not Lewis’s fault that her voice doesn’t distinguish her from these stars, but her producer, Simon Cowell (American Idol), plays it safe, and doesn’t add anything new to what Tommy Mottola achieved with Mariah decades ago. That’s not to say that the album is bad, but let’s just hope Leona Lewis’s sophomore effort shakes things up a bit more. --Ernesto Sánchez (People en Español People en Español)

Ganadora del concurso de talento británico "The X-Factor," Leona Lewis debuta con una mezcla de pop y R&B aderezada de una tesitura de voz que en sus momentos más agudos ("Better In Time") no deja de recordar a Mariah Carey, o que en sus notas graves ("The First Time I Ever Saw You"), pareciera ser Beyoncé Knowles. No es su culpa que su voz no tenga distinción, pero su productor, Simon Cowell (American Idol), juega a lo seguro y no propone nada que Tommy Mottola no haya logrado décadas atrás con Mariah y que decenas de seguidores han intentado hacer sin cambiar el mundo de la música. Eso no quiere decir que el disco de Leona Lewis sea malo, pero por favor, esperemos que en su próximo disco proponga. --Ernesto Sánchez (People en Español People en Español)

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US exclusive version features two tracks not issued on the UK and EU pressings, 'Forgive Me' and 'Misses Glass' but drops two tracks as well, 'The Best You Ever Had' and 'Homeless'. Leona was the winner of the 2006 season of the UK's talent show X-Factor and Spirit is the first release under a partnership between the show's creator Simon Cowell and music mogul Clive Davis. Working alongside the world's biggest producers and songwriters, Leona has put together an unrivaled collection of songs.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but "over-balladed" May 8, 2008
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This is a strong debut album from X-Factor winner Leona Lewis, the only potential problems being a surfeit of ballads, and a large dose of overexposure. The British born singer/songwriter is of Guyanese/Welsh parentage, and was no stranger to performing before catching the eye of Simon Cowell, who moved heaven, earth and Clive Davis to ensure that this album had all the backing it needed.

Even before the album was released, she already had a hit single with her version of the Kelly Clarkson song "A Moment Like This", which can be found as a bonus on the UK version of the album. Please note that the track listing for the UK Version is different to the US and Canadian releases. The songs "Forgive Me" (produced by Akon) and "Misses Glass" on this version take the place of "Homeless" (a slow R&B ballad) and "The Best You Never Had" (a slightly faster ballad).

Songs of interest are "Bleeding Love", the first single from the album; "Better in Time", the second single (pop/R&B) which reminds me of Alicia Keys "No One"; "I Will Be", a cover of the Avril Lavigne song; "Yesterday", a pop/R&B track where she sounds like Mariah Carey; "Take A Bow", a radio-friendly R&B track; and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", a cover of the Roberta Flack hit written by Ewan MacColl. Lewis also co-wrote the songs "Whatever It Takes", a mid-tempo R&B track, and "Here I Am", a pop ballad.

Special mention should be made of the powerful and emotional ballad "Footprints in the Sand" inspired by the famous poem by Mary Stevenson, which ends:

The Lord replied
"The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
Is when I carried you."

Undoubtedly talented, strikingly photogenic, and with a lovely voice, it seems a bit early for all the comparisons to Mariah Carey and early Whitney Houston, but I do believe that we'll be hearing a lot more from Leona Lewis.

Amanda Richards, May 8, 2008
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leona has arrived April 8, 2008
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Leona Lewis has arrived, her cd Spirit has made it to the US for all to hear. She has a voice ,between Mariah and Toni Braxton all in one. What a gem to own. Tracks: Bleeding Love, Better In time, I Will Be, I'm You, Forgive Me, Misses Glass, Angel, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Yesterday, Whatever It Takes, Take A Bow, UK bonus : Footprints In The Sand and Here I am .
Im dedicating the songs Bleeding Love, I Will Be to my husband, To my special friend for life the songs Better In Time, Yesterday. To my lord and savior above Footprints In the Sand for guiding me through the good and bad times, thank you for always being there for me. Thanks Leona for the magic and sincere faith in your music. You are a star already for the world.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She's off to a great start April 18, 2008
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I'm really happy to see that this CD has finally been released in the US. This is an exciting time for Leona Lewis. She hit the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 recently - the first UK female artiste to do it in over 20 years and only the fourth to do it ever. She relinquished the spot to Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" last week but to my surprise, I just heard on the news - BBC News 24, no less - that she's taken it back and that this album is #1 on the Billboard Top 200 as well, making her the first UK artiste to debut at the top US album spot ever! I expected her to do well in the US with this product but I honestly never dreamed she'd do THIS well!

I originally reviewed the album back in December last year, when it was released on Amazon on (no longer available) UK import. I definitely feel the review merits a repost here. This is the original (slightly edited) review as it appeared in December 2007:

"The 2006 "X Factor" winner's debut album is barely out of the blocks and it's already a record breaker. ("X Factor" is the UK version of "American Idol"). It sold over 375,000 copies in its first week, beating the record previously set by the Arctic Monkeys by about 12,000. That might not sound much in an American context but in this country, that's huge potatoes. You go, honey.

Her follow-up single "Bleeding Heart" has also now stood at the top of the UK singles charts for an impressive five weeks. The lead single, a cover of Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" was released last year when she won "X Factor" and that was at the top of the charts for what seemed like ages as well. Simon Cowell and Clive Davis definitely seem to know what they're doing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 and a half stars! April 17, 2008
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Look out world, Leona Lewis is here to steal some of the thunder from Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Leona was the winner of the UK show X Factor in 2006 and great things are expected of her.

Stunning model looks; check.
An assembly of top songwriters and producers; check.
A BIG voice; double check!

Lead-off single "Bleeding love" is a catchy upbeat song with violins, organ, and soaring vocals which has already topped the US and UK singles chart (and was the UK's biggest selling single of 2007).

As expected, the album is ballad heavy. Other standouts are "Take a bow" (no, not the Madonna hit, but a synth string filled ballad), "I will be" (a stunning cover of an Avril Lavigne song), the R&B ballad "I'm you" (nice Spanish guitars, harps and skittery beats and great harmonies), and a tender rendering of "The first time ever I saw your face".

"Yesterday" sounds like something from Mariah's repertoire, right from the breathy falsetto, down to the beats, while she sounds very much like Whitney on the gospel tinged (thanks to the choir) "Whatever it takes", and on the bouncy pop "Forgive me". In fact, the latter wouldn't go amiss on either of Whitney's first 2 albums.

I caught the episode of X Factor where she sang the Jackson 5's "I'll be there" and she seems a very likeable person. I felt she should win and was glad she did. However, a large chunk of the album sounds like Leona was made to really study Whitney and Mariah's debuts and is really nothing (musically) special.

No doubt Leona is a fantastic singer and this album will sell millions, it's calculated to, (the album just debuted in the US at #1, making her the first British female since Sade in 1986 to achieve that feat), but one has the feeling that a few albums down the line, she'll finally get to release something that really reflects who she is, and she'll be saying then how this album wasn't really her.
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Published 1 day ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Leona Fan.
It arrived in time and I like the way it sounds. Thank you.
Published 28 days ago
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overall
Some good songs. A couple of great songs. But, as with most albums these days, the majority are throw aways. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terry A. Breeding
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome cd
Awesome cd,A++ music business has not impacted her performance on this cd,as of yet.Great vocal performance.music business is gonna drag her down in time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by micheal r smith
5.0 out of 5 stars British "American Idol" winner
Leona has a marvelous voice and the song selections are beautiful. Her cover of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is perfection.
Published 2 months ago by Chloe
5.0 out of 5 stars Leona Lewis
Heard "Bleeding Love" and checked further into who sang it. Found Leona Lewis, listened to some of the other songs on the album and decided to buy it instead of just the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sherry Ebensberger
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great music
This is great and interesting music. This is music that is both creative as well as being entertaining. I look forward to listening to future music contributions.
Published 4 months ago by David Claar
4.0 out of 5 stars Leona Lewis has a beautiful voice...
Leona Lewis has a beautiful voice... I bought this for "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" after listening to the listening snippet available on the page... Read more
Published 6 months ago by DSchroe260
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous voice of a beautiful singer
She is the best ever. Your voice is sweet and strong in the same way. I really love her at the first song.
Published 6 months ago by Beto
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I like this cd. I like all the songs. Leona has a great voice and I enjoy listening to her. Would recommend
Published 7 months ago by debm
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She was not lip-synching......Ariella is right.....why do people insist on insulting others talent, Mike? Could you be jealous? Learn to praise instead of put down! Grow up!
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I have the UK edition of Spirit and it is AMAZING!!!!! I can't wait for the US edition and two new songs, leona is wonderful!
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