My feelings about Leona Lewis are well documented at this point, so like most people, I was pretty relieved to discover that her much-talked-about Emeli Sande penned, Naughty Boy produced and Childish Gambino featuring new single “Trouble” just about added up to the sum of its individually brilliant parts.
Like someone who’s been waiting at a bus stop on Kensington High Street for three years when two buses suddenly turn up at the same time, Leona’s followed-up this long overdue win with an acoustic version of “Trouble” that’s perhaps even better than the original. There’s even a video, which, as far as Leona’s concerned, can only ever be a good thing.
It’s pretty dramatic, and I don’t remember her previously being one for so much swaying and wild Tony Blair-esque hand gesturing, but when she sounds this good, who can begrudge the songstress some theatrics. This is Leona Lewis at her absolute best – balancing her powerhouse vocals with the soul and emotion that her critics claim she lacks and fulfilling all of the potential she showed six years ago on The X-Factor.
So far, so good. Bring on the album…