Echoes of a broken heart

By Ndileka Lujabe

When listening to Leona Lewis? second album, Echo, one can immediately make out the theme of the album: heartache and the attempts at piecing back together of a broken heart.

Echo was released on 9 November 2009.  The first single that came off Echo is Happy, which was released on 15 September 2009.  Produced by Bleeding Love producer, Ryan Tedder, it was well-received, especially by the UK audience, making a debut at the number two spot on the UK Singles Chart.  The second single, I Got You, was released on 21 February 2010.

The 2006 X-Factor winner offers thirteen tracks on the album, nine of which she co-wrote.  She collaborated with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Kevin Rudolf and Max Martin, to name just a few.

Compared to her R&B debut album, Spirit, this album is abundant with pop sounds with a strong presence of drums and electric and bass guitars.  These instruments blend gracefully with her powerful voice, resulting in a burst of heartfelt emotions, resonating in each song.

The album, which took nine months to produce, was titled Echo which describes a big, organic sound – much representing her big, yet gentle voice.  It also appealed to Leona?s interest in fantasy as in Greek mythology, Echo was a nymph who suffered from longing.

Tracks that stand out and gently tug at your heart are Naked, Can?t Breathe, My Hands, Broken and Brave.  These tracks are highly expressive of the heartache of a fragmented heart.  As the instruments rise to a point of intensity in the last minute of each song, her elegantly potent voice simultaneously ascends.

I must point out, though, the similarity in sound between the songs Brave and Lost Then Found featuring One Republic, for which she can be forgiven as her velvet smooth vocals make up for it.

The songs about heartache and her recovery from it are a reflection of her relationship with former boyfriend of 10 years,Lou Al-Chamaa.  The tracks are not your typical soppy love songs: one can sense that they truly come from lived experiences. 

Her ethereal voice breathes life into the songs making them easy to connect to.  Her exceptional voice control is audible in the various fluctuations she makes in between notes. 

Echo is a worthwhile investment.  If you like the sound of pop beats accompanied with rich mezzo-soprano vocals and meaningful lyrics, don?t hesitate getting yourself a copy.   


Happy video

Echo photos: http://tiny.cc/b4uu4

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