new Leona Lewis album 'Echo'
is a rather splendid affair involving the following:
1. Big ballad first single thing 'Happy', as previously reviewed here on Popjustice using words like 'amazing'.
2. A big ballad version of Oasis' 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out' which is ridiculous, gets the full 'Run' treatment and is everything you'd expect it to be (X Factor choir at end, etc).
3. Various other songs whose tempos run from 'low-' to 'mid-'.
'Echo' does, however, feature Leona 'letting it all hang out' a bit. 'Naked' is one upbeat tune, for example, but the one track which hits you like a bloke in a bookshop is 'Outta My Head'. It's a 132 beats per minute techno wobbler about clearing off and leaving someone to get on with things: "I keep taking you back but I don't know why I do — you keep breaking me down so I'll find somebody new, alright?". Sounds alright to us, yes.
Here's your exclusive first listen — turn it up loud.
This is not a word we use very often, but: amazing.