Leona Lewis shows some subtlety in 'Echo'

+ -

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Leona Lewis used her big voice on big ballads like a battering ram to bust open America. Luckily, she didn't have to keep pounding, keep-keep pounding us. On "Echo" (J/SyCo), Lewis shows some subtlety and - gasp! - fun. "Love Letter" grooves like a Pink rocker. "Outta My Head" is up-tempo Europop, while her collaboration with Justin Timberlake, "Don't Let Me Down," reflects his recent Timbaland days. Yes, "Echo" is still too ballad-heavy, especially the droopy single "Happy," but, with Eastern tinges on "Brave" and the upper-register wails of "Breathe," she keeps it interesting.

LEONA LEWIS

"Echo"

THE GRADE B

BOTTOM LINE Finding life beyond big ballads

$imageCaption

>> BACKSTAGE PASS: Hear new music from 50 Cent, Leona Lewis, John Mayer and Norah Jones.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

>> MORE ARTISTS DROPPING CDS:

John Mayer's "Battle Studies"

Leona Lewis' "Echo"

Norah Jones' "The Fall"

50 Cent's "Before I Self Destruct"

Coming soon: Newsday's Entertainment newsletter, for the latest on celebs, TV, more.

"American Idol" alum Kris Allen's debut CD

Comments

Newsday.com now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.

You also may be interested in: