Bleeding Love was a global hit, rejigged cover versions worked as follow up hits and her success was obvious.
Where Leona has struggled is working out where to go next and how to develop and this is plain to see.
We’ve had to wait for Glassheart for an entire year since that terrible/confusing Avicii collaboration track Collide was released.
Her label SYCO decided there was more work to do and fortunately for one and all Trouble was found – thanks to Emeli Sande’s writing talents.
Trouble is easily the best thing on Glassheart, btw.
Leona also began working with one of the pop world’s major success stories…step forward the record producing genius of our time, Fraser T Smith.
He’s responsible for highlights on Adele’s phenomenally successful hit album 21 and wrote and produced Nelly Furtado and James Morrison’s duet Broken Strings.
He’s a safe bet to work with Leona and the results are good.
I’m left wondering after listening to Glassheart whether Leona’s found her way as an artist or whether she’s worked with the right people in the right situation to ensure it’s deemed a hit.
There’s no doubting the music is good and Glassheart does appear to be her most personal album to date.
Trouble has obviously become an ode to her relationship with ex-boyfriend Lou Al Chamaa (even the actor in the recently released video looks like him).
The album’s dark, moody, emotive, mysterious and full of anger.
For somebody so peaceful and softly spoken in real life you wonder what she’s got to be so angry about behind closed doors.
Un Love Me you can hear is obviously going to be a single and will work wonders on the radio, Glassheart tries to keep Leona cool and trendy with it’s club sounding edge and just about achieves it and Fingerprint is a slow controlled ballad that reminds us just how fabulous her voice can be.
Shake You Up is a modern take on an eighties pop song and leaves you wondering if it actually works or if it’s too old school.
Stop The Clocks didn’t set my world alight but Favourite Scar kept my attention as Leona has serious attitude throughout.
She sings: “You shot me through my heart. Pain never felt so good. Boy, you’re my favourite scar.”
Glassheart reminds you what an extraordinary talent Leona is – especially to have been discovered on a TV talent show – but this isn’t an album that will translate to a universal audience in an Adele stylee.
But should we even be making a comparison with Adele? Probably not.
The fans will always be there for her and there’s no doubting she’s a great singer.
It just still feels like this is an artist finding her feet and working out how to settle into a career with longevity.
And Glassheart is the perfect stepping stone…