Review : Leona Lewis - Spirit
YahooEasily the most significant thing about the Leona Lewis debut album is how long it's taken to appear. That it comes best part of a year since she won "X-Factor" and scored her first Number One with winning single "A Moment Like This" certainly suggests that rather than quickly cashing in on her TV talent show success, Simon Cowell is looking to distance her as much as possible from the programme and its c-list of former winners. Equally, the time and talent lavished on the album confirm that one and all are aware that for once, they really may have found a winner....full text
Boston"American Idol" fans are well aware that acerbic judge Simon Cowell doles out compliments about as often as the IRS admits mistakes. So in 2006, when he dubbed Leona Lewis one of the best singers he had ever heard, pop-music fans took notice.
One listen to her debut album "Spirit," out today in the United States, and it's obvious what impressed Cowell. Her voice is huge. Mariah Carey-Whitney Houston-Celine Dion huge. It's the kind of voice that begs for final-chorus key changes, fluttering hand gestures, and mammoth movie themes....full text
AllmusicThe truest test of Simon Cowell's power within the music industry circa 2008 was not whether American Idol could produce a star in its seventh season or if its UK cousin The X Factor would have another success in its fifth season, it was whether he could turn Leona Lewis into the international superstar he so clearly believed she is. Lewis was the third winner of the X Factor - the Cowell-driven replacement to Pop Idol in Britian, a replacement that came to be because he wanted to own a significant piece of the show - and one of the key differences between Factor and Idol is that the judges can mentor the contestants and therefore have a stake in the outcome of the show, more than they do on Idol, where the judges merely comment....full text
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