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October 17, 2012

Almost seven years in the biz and three years since her last  album ‘echoed’ in our ears,  with the exception of Hurt pleasantly filling the cold space in between, Leona Lewis has returned with her third studio album, Glassheart.

There’s no second guessing when it comes to the natural talent of this British songstress. She has hits to shut you up with. But with several delays, including coping with the restructuring of her record label, will third time really be a charm for the soulful lady? Let’s analyze:

I told you you should never follow me. But here we are, and you’re in too deep. I’m a whole lot of trouble” croons Leona in the opening number, appropriately titled ‘Trouble‘. The song’s nicely done; not over-the-top, but not too reserved. I’d say its intriguing nature rests hihly on those dramatic keys, haunting strings and alluring vocals flowing effortlessly along with the hip hop, electropop mashup beat. Trouble depicts the sad side to a relationship, which is actually inspired by the singer’s own past love. That little fact makes the song even more personal and more emotionally charged. I believe the music video plays out the lyrics impeccably well.

Unlove Me continues where the first left off. The relationship is just not working and she knows she has to let go, but in her heart she still wants him to be the one even though its wrong to do so. The pop driven track has solid lyrics and an energetic beat, but offers nothing on the wow factor. A good song in itself, yes, just nothing fantastic. That high pitch ‘unlove me’ repeating in the bridge wasn’t pleasant to my ears either.

After all the back and forth in the relationship, Lovebird portrays a liberated Leona who finally found the strength to let go. Her heart has been set free and she no longer suffers. Throughout the entire song you can feel her new found freedom and how happy she is to be unchained. With every word Lewis pulls you along on her adventure and you can’t help but connect with her on this one. From the musical arrangement to her loosened tones, the song is completely alive. Exceptionally done.

So far the album stayed on an uptempo path with the intensified use of snare drums ever present on her records. Not that you’ll feel tired, because the top three are energetic though on the bittersweet side. But I’m sure by now we’d all want some variety, and an electronized number was quite a surprise.

Dubstep is hot, but the genre doesn’t always come out that way in every song it’s incorporated in. Experimenting is very risky for any artist no matter how bold one is to try something different and a bit unexpected. Fortunately, Come Alive had satisfying results. I believe Leona describes it best, because this song is indeed like “fire through my veins“. Not sure about the concept in comparison to the previous, though. Because the singer has gone from letting him go to now pouring her heart out about wanting his love, which evidently brings her to life if she’s singing out more than ever. One could also interpret this track as being a new start; Leona has found another that has captivated her in every way. Whatever the case, the track showcases a sexy side to the singer. And that techno crossover is absolutely brilliant. Production wise, the song is off the hook. This has the potential to become an album single.

Ballads, where art thou? 

Leona is unleashed on the soulful and passionate Fireflies. The indispensable quality of this track warms the air with its spiritual influence. You’re bound to get enamored by those piano melodies and a smooth toned Lewis in the opening verse, and later getting utterly swept away by her electrifying notes in wild abandon that tug on your heart towards the end.

I To You is sure to leave you breathless, that’s if you ignore its resemblance to Alicia Keys’ Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart in the beginning,  and allow those evocative strings to wrap themselves around you. In fact, the song is drenched in a heavenly orchestral arrangement of strings complimenting Leona’s sensual and raw voice. Hard to describe such an indescribable track. The message conveyed is worth, and what exactly you mean to the person you’ve sacrificed a lot for but who seems to hurt you regardless.

Turn the music up!

The 80′s pop influenced Shake You Up kicks in at the right time to pull listeners out of the sad and defeated state into a more confident and determined drive, while moving your body on the dance floor as well. Though the production took the old school route, modern pop elements are intertwined in the mix to add a fresh sound. The song is definitely about being fed up. She’s ready to move on from it all because he’s undeserving of her love.

And its back to what she does so well…

Stop the Clocks delivers a less than powerful arrangement of pop rudiments but her honey like voice soars sweetly and makes up for the tamed electro beat. But while Favourite Scar has urban aspects fused with pop and hip hop elements, the repetitive nature couldn’t win me over. Aside from that, both served up far from generic lyrics like the previous tracks.

Any song that starts out with “I am numb to the pain…” is definitely going to be about heartbreak. And there’s plenty of those in Leona’s music from the beginning of her career. But once When It Hurts starts playing who can resist the unavoidable force that resounds in her voice, and those inviting melodies that you just have to drown yourself in. The song describes the suffering one goes through in a stressful relationship, and how difficult it is to cope once it ends. The addition of an electric guitar adds emphasis on the emotion behind Leona’s singing, where the truth lies.

Glassheart revitalizes that particular vigor left in Come Alive, possibly because both tracks are dubstep techno fused. The midtempos were delightful while they lasted but I felt as if I was drowning in sorrow and in overwhelming love. So, an uptempo title track was a great idea and impressive switch from all that pain. It’s nice to know Lewis can take on dance; a notion previously demonstrated in the hypnotic Collide and intoxicating Outta My Head from Echo. I enjoyed the dance number a great deal but like all the other tracks has nothing on the incomparable Fingerprint.

The closing track just had to be a ballad, one that’s possessing at that. Leona smooths in on a low but mesmerizing tone while gently poised over ethereal keys, a reverberating yet deeply set drumbeat, and once more the use of storytelling strings. The song’s about loving no one else like that one person, and appreciating all the things that make him irreplaceable. A message that causes heat-rush whenever her voice takes off immensely. I’d say Fingerprint‘s sole purpose was to give a raw display of the singer’s vocal ability. Did it succeed? I believe so.

*A bonus version of Trouble, featuring Childish Gambino, is included on the regular version but its presence is questionable as the rapper’s far from entertaining addition did nothing to make the track hotter than it already is. And of course, you could indulge yourself further in Leona’s sensuality as she calms things down and give you an acoustic session you’ll never forget on the deluxe version. But I must say, though I didn’t before, the title track’s hook in its slower form sounds mighty similar to another huge Ryan Tedder penned song. No need for names, just listen.

Glassheart is an enjoyable third release from the pop artist. The album doesn’t exactly signify growth in terms of concept, because of the reoccurring theme of issues with love in her songs. But the lyrics aren’t recycled either, and it’s interesting to see Leona challenging herself by bringing in a few tracks from outside of the norm. And I’m curious to hear what she’s going to do next, as I’m still waiting for a solid release that I can classify as epic.

Rating: 4.5/5

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October 17, 2012

Leona Lewis is a fantastic, savvy singer whose vocal chops always seem to outshine her songs. By focusing on hip, detailed dance music instead of gauzy ballads, though, “Glassheart” puts the two on equal ground.

Like most club albums, “Glassheart” pays a lot of attention to production. The songs are decorated like one-bedroom Manhattan apartments; every last inch is crammed with stuff, from keyboards to sweeping strings to throbbing, electro-pop percussion. Miss Lewis‘ voice is pushed to the forefront, and she sounds great, belting out a string of throaty R&B riffs one minute and flipping into a gorgeous, sublime coo the next.

“I’m a whole lot of trouble,” she warns on the first song, a cautionary tale about love on the rocks. She never would have been able to deliver that kind of line on her first two albums, both of which muffled her personality in layers of tame, toothless adult-contemporary pop. “Glassheart” takes its cues from Kylie Minogue and “Confessions”-era Madonna, though, and it proves that Miss Lewis has a serious bite.

Rating:3/5

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October 16, 2012

Great news! This evening Leona did one of her usual Q&A sessions on Twitter and revealed an something amazing! She confirmed that she’ll be shooting the music video for her new single next week! SO EXCITING! The bad thing here is that she didn’t confirm wich song will be her second single from ‘Glassheart’, this is what Leona tweeted to one of her fans:

Leona didn’t confirmed wich track will be the single but a journalist from the DailyStar James Ingham who interviewed her told us that the selection is in between two songs! He tweeted:

October 16, 2012

Lewis – a previous winner at the ceremony – will perform a stripped back show before the event kicks off.

She said: “I am so honoured to be performing at Cosmopolitan‘s Ultimate Women of the Year Awards. What a privilege to be singing to a room full of such strong, inspirational women.”

Alesha Dixon, Professor Green and Katie Piper will be on the judging panel to decide the final winners, alongside Karren Brady and Kristin Hallenga.

Cotton said: “I’m so happy to be hosting Cosmopolitan‘s Ultimate Women Awards. I’ve hosted for six years now, and each time we get to celebrate the most incredible women who have shown earth shattering amounts of courage, love, bravery and strength. I’m inspired and humbled year on year.”

Alesha Dixon added: “I’m honoured to be judging the Cosmopolitan awards again! Supporting and celebrating women from all walks of life is why I love Cosmo. The night is always so moving and so much fun. I can’t wait!”

The awards will also mark Cosmopolitan‘s 40th anniversary, and will include a special ‘ultimate’ performer, to be revealed at a later date.

Watch Leona Lewis’s interview with Digital Spy below:

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October 16, 2012

Hello everyone and thank you so much for all your birthday messages on Twitter and Facebook! You guys are amazing! Today in the Leona’s news, let’s start with the interview she gave to Thatgrapejuice.net! She looks stunning in the promo shots too! Thanks Sam and Thatgrapejuiceteam for this great interview! Enjoy …

 

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October 16, 2012

Hey guys! It’s been an exciting start of a new Leona era! We’re so excited about Glassheart because it’s an amazing album and we’re sure it will bring lots of success to Leona as she deserves because of all of the hard work she put into this record! As you know sales and charts are one of the most relevant things in the career of an artist, part of their success depends on them! Well, Leona is no exception and thats why we’ll be updating you guys with the sales figures and charts positions that Leona will be hitting from now on until the end of the Glassheart era!

Lets start with her latest single ‘Trouble’, wich was released last week. The UK Official Charts Company have updated the Top single Charts and we’re so excited because ‘Trouble’ debuted at #7! Leona once again hits the top 10 with one of her singles! Here’s the top 10 biggest selling singles in the UK this week:

Official UK Top Single Charts (14-10-2012)

Position Song Title Artist
01 Don’t You Worry Child Swedish House Mafia ft Jhon Martin
02 Skyfall Adele
03 Gangnam Style Psy
04 Diamonds Rihanna
05 Anything Could Happen Ellie Goulding
06 Live While We’re Young One Direction
07 Trouble Leona Lewis
08 Turn Around Conor Maynard ft Ne-Yo
09 I Cry Flo Rida
10 Hall of Fame The Script ft Will I Am

Now, “Glassheart” has started really well! Just one day of its release and the record its already topping the digital charts, in fact it has reached the #1 spot of the Amazon.co.uk Bestsellers in MP3 Albums chart! So exciting! She’s also climbing the UK and Ireland iTunes Top Album charts with both editions of Glassheart (Standard and Deluxe), and individual songs are making its appareances on the Charts aswell. We’ve made a recap of the development that the album has been having on the charts:

Amazon.co.uk (Digital and Physical Sales)

Chart Album/Song Position
Bestsellers in MP3 Albums Glassheart 01
Bestsellers in Music Glassheart  (Deluxe Edition) 26
Glassheart 36

iTunes United Kingdom

Chart Album/Song Position
Top 100 Albums Glassheart  (Deluxe Edition) 02
Glassheart 09
Top 100 Songs Trouble (feat. Childish Gambino) 15
Trouble 70

iTunes Ireland

Chart Album/Song Position
Top 100 Albums Glassheart  (Deluxe Edition) 09
Glassheart 49
Top 100 Songs Trouble (feat. Childish Gambino) 37
October 15, 2012

It’s third time lucky for Leona Lewis as the famous X Factor champion begins to carve a unique and exciting sound to distance herself from the crowd.

For an artist with such potential for worldwide success, it’s shame that Leona Lewis has, as of yet, failed to live up to expectations. Those who were expecting her to be the next Whitney or Mariah have been left sorely disappointed. Of course, Leona has one of the highest selling albums ever in her debut Spirit and her iconic single Bleeding Love was an undoubtable worldwide smash, but since then her music has failed to reach the same dizzy heights of success; a great shame, considering what a phenomenal talent she is. The issue that many have with Lewis is that, despite her undeniable vocal ability, her music often evokes a sense of apathy and impassivity. As such, six years after her triumphant X Factor victory, Leona Lewis needs to create an eye-catching exciting new sound. Luckily for her, it’s a case of third time lucky as she begins to flirt with a distinctive and exciting new musical direction in third album Glassheart.

From the opening bars of lead single, and album opener Trouble, it’s refreshing to hear that there’s a shift in gear from the earliest possible moment. Although Leona still stays safe with a ballad, gone is the conventional style Leona usually adopts, replaced with an early 90′s Massive Attack style beat. As the record gathers momentum, there is a notable change in style from Leona’s previous albums. Here, although tracks such as Lovebird and Stop The Clocks are conventional ballads, exciting production courtesy of Fraser T Smith and Ammo keep these tracks sounding fresh and exciting, as opposed to dull rehashes of earlier efforts. Notable also, is Fireflies, a track so beautifully executed, that by the time the choir kick in in the final chorus, a wondrous wave of sound emerges, transforming a seemingly standard track into a wonderful explosion of sound and musicality. Furthermore to this, the Darkchild-produced Shake You Up is pure, unadulterated pop fun. It’s the most fun we’ve heard Leona sound since her X Factor debut back in 2006. Finally, I To You combines the sound of a classic James Bond theme song and the left-field of production of artists such as Jessie Ware to create a wonderfully vibrant track.

Lewis also has far more artistic control over this record than ever before. Her writing credits feature on eight of the thirteen tracks on the record; a remarkable feat, considering the high quality of the said tracks. Lewis’ experimentation with various different sounds throughout the record should not go unnoticed either. Her forays into Dubstep (Glassheart), 140 BPM plus dance balladry (Come Alive) and 80′s bubblegum pop (Shake You Up) are successful. For critics who often complained that Leona was notorious for sticking within her comfort zone, you can’t say fairer than that to the eclectic mix of sounds on display on Glassheart. Best of all is Favourite Scar; a track that combines Leona’s world-class knack for balladry with a genius hook and some wonderful production courtesy of Ryan Tedder.

Very rarely does Leona slip up, and this is without a doubt the strongest collection of tracks Lewis has recorded to date. Only on the dreary and dull When It Hurts is there a point in which you feel slightly undersold. Indeed, Glassheart is a record full to the brim of potential singles, and despite its many delays, this record sounds like a record suited for 2012. Lewis doesn’t abandon her credentials as a ballad singer, and the balance between making artistic progression whilst maintaining the strengths in Leona’s talent has been struck near perfectly. Leona has crafted a sound to build upon. No longer is she simply a ballad singer; with Glassheart she is a fully fledged pop star. This is not to say that the record is faultless. Indeed, Lewis still has an over reliance on ballads; her brief forays on this record into more fast-paced musical styles prove that she is not unable to pull it off with ease. Furthermore to this, although this is a strong record, it’s been released in a year where the market of female musicians has been unusually strong. What with the phenomenal debuts from artists such as Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas and Delilah, there is a risk that this collection of tracks may not be remarkable enough to grab the majority of the public’s attention.

However, what is undeniable is the sheer talent of Leona Lewis. Her vocal ability still confirms her to be one of Britain’s most phenomenal musical talents, and her passion for music shines through in every track. What is most important, above all else, is that this record marks a new chapter in the career of Leona Lewis. Every iconic female musician has their renaissance period after a couple of records; Janet Jackson; Kylie Minogue; Mariah – they all underwent massive reinventions in sound and image after an initial bout of success. Glassheart represents the musical awakening and rebirth of Leona Lewis; whether it turns out to be a commercial success remains to be seen. However, this record lays in place firm foundations for Lewis to go even further into the unknown when preparing for her next record, and that, above everything, is an extremely exciting prospect.

A commendable effort.

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October 15, 2012

Good morning everyone! Finally “Glassheart” is officialy out (Remember to get your digital copy on iTunes or Amazon)! Last saturday night Leona celebrated the release of her new highly anticipated album ‘Glassheart’ at the G-A-Y club in London! You saw the pictures yesterday, now here are some *incredible* fans videos! Be sure to check those amazing videos! Thanks a lot to DFA Poland Hottie580 on Youtube for uploading their videos!

 

Bleeding Love

 

Trouble / Come Alive

 

Collide (Acoustic Live)

 

Better in Time

 

Trouble

 

Come Alive

 

October 15, 2012

Good morning everyone! Finally “Glassheart” is officialy out (Remember to get your digital copy on iTunes or Amazon) and we’re so excited about the start of this new Leona era! This morning we got an special treat for all those fans who still don’t have their physical copies of the album. Thank to the amazing Paulbaux from the Digital Spy forum here’s the HQ Scans of the “Glassheart” (Standard) Booklet and CD! The artwork looks even more amazing printed! Click on the link bellow to check it out!

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And don’t forget Leona will be today at HMV Store in Oxford, London signing copies of “Glassheart” So don’t miss this oportunity to get to know her and also buy your cd!

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October 14, 2012

00:00h bunnies! This is the moment we have all been waiting for, since 2009 and ‘Echo’ release! ‘Glassheart’ is now available on iTUNES UK and still available on Irish iTUNES as well. You can download your album for 7.99£ on iTunes UK! Let’s make this album #1! Share the word and share the link everywhere on facebook, twitter and more … 

UK iTUNES

Download ‘Glassheart’ | Download ‘Glassheart (Deluxe Version)’

IRELAND iTUNES

Download ‘Glassheart’ | Download ‘Glassheart (Deluxe Version)’