Spirit

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Apr 8, 2008
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. It's a highly polished, professional sounding debut, with Lewis hitting all the right notes even when she warbles up and down the scale.
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Vibe
    70
    Her debut, which has dominated the charts overseas, is polite to a fault. If Whitney'esque is what she aims for, Lewis hasn't quite found the the F-U-N in fundamentals. [June 2008, p.66]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Mar 27, 2012
    9
    As far as modern female powerhouses go, I prefer Leona over Adele. Her voice has this silky, soothing quality to it, and the production ofAs 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. Full Review »
  2. Dec 10, 2011
    8
    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 aYes 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. Full Review »
  3. Jul 29, 2014
    7
    An outstanding and remarkable voice that weakens throughout the album because of excessively cloying lyrics that end up enclosing possibleAn outstanding and remarkable voice that weakens throughout the album because of excessively cloying lyrics that end up enclosing possible good material into unnecessary clich├ęs. Full Review »