Studio Album by released in 2012
Glassheart's tracklist:
Un Love Me
Come Alive
I To You
Shake You Up
Stop The Clocks
Favourite Scar
When It Hurts
Trouble (Feat. Childish Gambino)
Trouble (Acoustic)
Come Alive (Acoustic)
Glassheart (Acoustic)
Collide (Afrojack Remix)

Glassheart review

Such a long-anticipated album

Leona Lewis had been testing the patience of her listener for quite a while before she finally released her third full-length record, Glassheart. The album saw the light of day in September 2012, that is almost a year past due. Having promised to issue this CD in November last year, the singer suddenly announced the postponement of the release until the next spring and explained this with an unexpected tide of inspiration, which apparently gave her the reason to make some alternations to the already prepared work. But even these plans were not meant to come true. Instead, Leona teased the public hard with two singles, Trouble, and Glassheart, and only then did she deliver the eagerly anticipated record. However, now that everyone has the chance to listen to and appraise the album, there can be no question if we must forgive the British singer for such a serious delay. The fresh offer could hardly be better than it actually is.

New emotions require new music

The set of the basic Glassheart version is bound by the aforementioned singles Trouble, and Glassheart, which are stylistically very different and define the confines within which the music of the entire album will be changing. Trouble is an insistent reminder of the well-known Emily Sande, which is but logical considering her writing contribution to this track. It is so great that the subsequent piece, Un Love Me, with leaning towards R&B is simply lost in the shade of the preceding one, despite a very impressive chorus in it. Then an amazing ballad is offered under the title Lovebird which seems to bring back the common format of Leona Lewis’s music, but it is nothing but an episode. Touching confessions of ruined love on the background of strings, a trademark of Leona’s first two albums, give way to different lyrical topics on this album, which influenced the selection of music accompaniment. Anger and resentment are fully displayed in hectic Come Alive, backed by juicy beats. The same decisiveness and audacity are demonstrated in Shake You Up. This dance song, made by the best examples of the disco of the eighties, Leona’s character demolishes her ex. At last, the best illustration of the move towards dynamic electronic foundation is the title song of the album. Glassheart will surprise with its dubstep ingredients, but Leona’s brilliant vocal work is taken for granted.

This album meets up the performer’s status

Glassheart offers us a new image of Leona Lewis, a strong and even desperate woman who prefers to look in the eyes of troubles and never runs from them in awe. In a lot of the songs of the new album, you will find lines filled with pain and disappointment, but this is not a case when you feel sympathetic or sorry for the character. Rather, it looks like promising to move on with life, having overcome the current hardships, and these confession-like songs call for respect and even admiration, instead of pity. Whether the choice of these topics was determined by some events in Leona’s private life, or it is just an idea generated by the producer, we can only speculate on, because all of this here sounds very genuine and natural. Glassheart had to become a different album, not like Leona’s first works. Otherwise this record would have been just another one. Having sold twenty copies of her CDs, the singer left herself a little choice and was forced to offer the audience something new in order to keep the streak alive, to walk on triumphantly. And now it is clear that the change of mood and music, with the same high professional level of the singer have given the record everything so it could be a glorious continuation to her discography.

Alex Bartholomew (24.10.2012)
Rate review4.39
Total votes - 178