• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Nov 17, 2009
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. As haunting as Lewis' ballads are, perhaps fewer of them would do her some good.
  2. There's nary an ounce of diva in Lewis, she seems to enjoy singing for the sake of it, which helps her out on an album like Echo, where the melodies are elliptical, not catchy, designed to showcase range, not to stick in the head or evoke emotion.
  3. Taking its title a bit too literally, the album sticks to the winning formula that made “Spirit’’ a runaway success. Problem is, we already know these sides of Lewis’s talent.
  4. It's a far bolder and more convincing album than her first, and suggests Lewis might be able to pull off an even bigger and more unexpected triumph than winning "X-Factor" and scoring an international hit.
  5. Vocal heroism is Ms. Lewis’s game, and she plays it ruthlessly, with an unselfconscious gusto evocative of classic Whitney Houston or Celine Dion.
  6. A handful of upbeat numbers–-including an unexpected foray into frothy high-speed electro–-pull Leona back from the brink of boring, while 'I Got You' is an impressive distant relative of 'Bleeding Love.'
  7. That voice is impressive enough and there's no denying the stolid catchiness of some songs--notably 'Happy' and her cover of Oasis's 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out'--but she appears to lack the lightness of touch this album desperately needs.
  8. Too much of Echo is mired in soppy balladry and standard-issue dancery that seem meant to be consumed with a box of drugstore Chablis.
  9. Lewis is technically flawless, but behind lyrics about "the scars on my heart," there's little personality.
  10. Whether it's a chugging slow burner or an amped-up club jam, the material here is pretty unimaginative, and not a single song approaches the formidable 'Bleeding Love.'
  11. 40
    Ultimately though, too much of Echo is over familiar. By the end you find yourself longing for some subtlety or more light and shade.
  12. Q Magazine
    40
    Sometimes less is more. [Jan 2010, p.117]
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. Jan 4, 2011
    9
    Great ablum but not close to SPIRIT!!! Spirit is the best album ever made even better than Thriller from Michael Jackson!!!!!My Hands isGreat ablum but not close to SPIRIT!!! Spirit is the best album ever made even better than Thriller from Michael Jackson!!!!!My Hands is definitely my favourite!!! Full Review »
  2. Jun 14, 2017
    10
    Simply the best album of Leona's carreer. This record is full of pop-rock tracks like "Naked" and "Love Letter". A Britney Spears' kinda songSimply the best album of Leona's carreer. This record is full of pop-rock tracks like "Naked" and "Love Letter". A Britney Spears' kinda song like "Outta My Head", overrated ballads like "Happy", "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" and "Broken", and dispensable tracks like "Lost and Found". Leona shows here the most amazing vocals of her discography. The best track of the album is "Can't Breathe", a R&B song that shows her versatility while singing. She shown that she can sing all music genres without giving us a "frankenstein" album. Overral, ECHO is such a mature and consistent record. Full Review »
  3. Apr 6, 2012
    7
    Not as good as spirit but as an album it's still good. Tracks like outta my head as standouts. Also she proves she still has the voice in theNot as good as spirit but as an album it's still good. Tracks like outta my head as standouts. Also she proves she still has the voice in the track alive. A good album with too many standard pop songs and not enough standouts. Full Review »