Review - Leona Lewis - Glassheart
Lewis’ third album is a mix, and thus kind of hard to talk about. One half of it is exactly what we have come to know and love the British singer for: her ballads. She’s done very well around the world with songs like “Better In Time” and “Bleeding Love”, and she’s not about to turn her back on that. ‘Glassheart’ has quite a few of these numbers; “Un Love Me” becoming the new “Better” and “Fireflies and “Fingerprints” fill the sad, piano-driven quota.
The whole thing is very Christina Aguilera if you ask me. Once they get one smash ballad, they will never stop trying to have a new one. Almost all of the lyrical content of the album could be a ballad, were it not for the music. Sadly, if you’re looking for another stunner, it’s not on this CD.
‘Glassheart’ stands out from the rest of her work because of her dabbling in dance and dubstep. Well, dabbling would be a little bit here and there, Leona kinda just WENT FOR IT. When not playing a piano, Leona is delivering some heartfelt and soulful dubstep. I would compare this to what Alex Clare did with his worldwide hit “Too Close”. You take a genre that has previously only been known to club kids and dancehalls, and you make it something completely new.
Leona’s vocals work on the music, and the lyrics do too. Now, I wasn’t actually much of a fan of the album (I’m really not into her), but this took guts. She is one of a few people that is using dubstep and dance to communicate something other than a good night out, and I believe there should be more of that. So, even if ‘Glassheart’ is a mixed bag, she’s got some originality and balls.
‘Glassheart’ will be out in the US sometime next year.
Listen to: “Lovebird”, “Glassheart”