Spirit - Leona Lewis
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  • Summary: The season three "The X Factor" winner's first album debuted as the number one album in the UK.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. With its refined beats, immaculate arrangements and intelligent melodies, Spirit confirms both Lewis's international ambitions and the likelihood that she'll pull them off.
  2. The tracks are impeccably manicured, super-tuneful, and offer lyrics about the various agonies and ecstasies of love that are unremarkable in and of themselves but reach nuclear-threat levels of desperation thanks to Lewis's voice.
  3. The subtle flutter of her finest melismatics could give an open-minded person goose bumps. Her coarser melismatics, however, are the usual showoff BS and probably also a commercial prerequisite, like not having a harelip.
  4. The production is lush, the songs are well-written and Lewis can certainly sing. It’s just a boring record that hews too closely to the modern album template with a couple of hits and a bunch of filler.
  5. Though the 21-year-old's faithful, capable rendition of 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' proves that the timelessness of the song should remain unquestioned, the album's adult-skewed material sounds even more jarring next to two fresh new tracks, the bouncy and youthful 'Forgive Me' and urban club jam 'Misses Glass,' added for American consumption.
  6. Beyond that lead single, produced by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, the results start to feel uneven.
  7. Being able to belt 'em out is only half the story, and if there's a personality here, it's well hidden.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Mar 27, 2012
    As far as modern female powerhouses go, I prefer Leona over Adele. Her voice has this silky, soothing quality to it, and the production of this record just heightens the overall emotion. One of my favorite albums. Expand
  2. Dec 10, 2011
    Yes the voice that brought you the magnificent bleeding love is also on all the other great tracks on this album. The ballards really are a thing of beauty, but she puts so much emotion into the more upbeat numbers that they too are excellent. An unmissable album for anyone who is a fan of female artists. Expand
  3. Jul 29, 2014
    An outstanding and remarkable voice that weakens throughout the album because of excessively cloying lyrics that end up enclosing possible good material into unnecessary clichés. Expand

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