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Album Review: Leona Lewis - Echo

Leona Lewis

The style

Leona Lewis' first album broke records back in 2007 as the fastest-selling album ever. So this second offering from the X Factor winner has a lot to live up to.

The 13-track album, called Echo, is packed with massive power ballads about overcoming problems in life.

The style is mainly big ballads but there is an unexpected electro tune and even a dance floor filler! So there is probably something for everyone here.

The hits

The big single from this album is called Happy. It's already been a huge hit in the UK charts as well as impressing people in America. This is a powerful song which grows on you the more you hear it.

I Can't Breathe is a really strong ballad and gives Leona a chance to show off her vocal range. It certainly reminds you why she's one of the most successful pop stars in the country. Leona hits all the right notes with this track and gives singers like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston a run for their money.

Love Letter is surprisingly upbeat for a Leona Lewis song! The chorus is catchy and will have you singing along. It definitely makes a welcome change from all the depressing ballads!

The misses

You'll probably recognise Leona's cover of the Oasis song Stop Crying Your Heart Out. It's not as good as the original and certainly not as powerful as Leona's other cover of Snow Patrol's Run.

The songs Broken and My Hands are pretty forgettable. You can't deny Leona sings them very well but they don't stand out.

Will you still be humming it next week?

Definitely - Happy and I Got You will get stuck in your head!

Will it make the charts?

It's already made it to the top of the charts, debuting at number one here in the UK and number 13 in America.

This is a great album for Leona fans, it's sounds fresher and more modern than her first album, Spirit. But if you don't like Leona's style of big ballad music then Echo probably won't win you over.

NR rating:
Three out of five

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Your Comments

"I really like Leona songs, the big ballads are the best!"

Georgina, 12, UK

"The Leona Lewis CD is amazing and it's got a good rhythm. She has got an amazing voice which reflects in her music. Anybody would enjoy this."

Kirsty, 10, County Durham, England

"ECHO IS BRILLIANT!!!! Leona is so talented and deserves five stars! She's definitely my favourite singer."

Aimee, 11, Essex, England

"I got the album for Christmas and I have been listening to it non-stop, it's great! I would highly recommend this to everyone!!"

Jessica, 11, Merseyside, England

"I love her album so much, it's amazing! She's got such a good voice and she can go very high."

Gem, 12, Staffs, England

"Echo is the best!!"

Phoebe, 11, Sheffield, England

"WOW. I loved it but it drags on sometimes!"

Ellie, 11, Wokingham, England

"I got the album for Christmas and couldn't stop listening to it. IT'S GREAT!"

Hanife, 9, London, England

"I adore Leona Lewis, she is the absolute best! My fave songs on the album are Happy and Outta My Head!"

Nadia, 9, London, England

"I think Leona is great and all her songs are perfect. She is certainly my favourite singer!"

Hanife, 9, Essex, England

"I've got Leona Lewis' album Echo and it is so great. She's got an amazing voice."

Becky, 11, Kent, England

"Leona's new album is ACE and I'm doing one of her songs, Happy, for Stars In Their Eyes at my school."

Kittie, 10, Cheshire, England

"I love Leona Lewis. I think that she rocks and I really like her song, Happy, in her new album!"

Laura, 11, Inverness, Scotland

"I love her CD, I got it for Christmas. I have got the Happy music video too. I really enjoy listening to it and I would give it five stars!"

Amelia, 11, Sussex, England

"I think that her songs are brilliant and the her song, Happy, is really good."

Megan, 12, Southampton, England

"It is a great album and it has got more variety, it's not all ballads. All the songs prove she's got the best voice of anyone that's been on the X Factor in terms of range and ability. Alexandra Burke is often compared to her but she only possesses a vocal range of two octaves and Leona has four octaves. It also shows she's got one of the best voices in the pop industry."

Becky, 13, London, England

"I love this album. My favourite song is I Got You. Leona has the most amazing voice and deserves to be Number One in the charts!"

Anna, 12, Pembrokeshire, England

"I think Leona Lewis is sooo boring. She's got a good voice but does the same kind of music. I think she should try a more upbeat song for her next album."

Sarah, 12, London, England

"It's a brilliant album and I love the song Happy. I think that it is the best song she's ever done. I think it is even better than Bleeding Love!"

Madi, 10, Gloucester, England

"I think this album is amazing, as are all of Leona Lewis's albums. My two favourite songs are Happy and Stop Crying Your Heart Out as the words are touching. She has such a powerful voice and she really knows how to use it. Leona is fantastic and I hope she goes on to make even more magnificent albums."

Danielle, 13, London, England

"I really like Leona Lewis' new album. All the songs are really good and catchy!"

Zara, 14, Manchester, England

"I think Leona needs to sing groovy songs."

Megan, 9, Lancashire, England

"I think Leona Lewis is awful and we shouldn't waste our money on her album. X Factor just clogs the charts up with rubbish music and leaves no space for real artists and good music."

Lucienne, 12, Oxford, England

"It was really good and I her new song was great!"

Lorien, 8, Derby, England

"Leona always gets the right notes - I rate all her songs 10 out of 10!"

Megan, 10, Cambridge, England

"I think Leona Lewis is really boring. She has an amazing voice but all her songs are ballads. This annoys me because she should do more upbeat songs. The only song I can say I like is Outta My Head."

Tom, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"Leona certainly hits the right notes. She is the best singer of the century!"

Megan, 11, Surrey, England

"I like Leona's album. My favourite song is Echo because she doesn't really shout on it and I think she does on a lot of her songs."

Chantelle, 13, Nottingham, England