#REVIEW: LEONA LEWIS – “CHRISTMAS, WITH LOVE”
We all love Mariah Carey‘s timeless Merry Christmas Disc and her 2010 Offering Merry Christmas II You was just as delightful! A cut from that same cloth, British Singing Sensation Leona Lewis gives us her take on the Holidays on her latest, Christmas, With Love.
Understated, warm and soulful, the Disc offers a mixture of perennial Classics like Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Silent Night, O Holy Night – the latter perhaps the Disc’s only misstep considering Carey has knocked it so far out of park with her rendition – and we even get to hear her classical training at work on the operatic Ave Maria. White Christmas almost is unrecognizable but freshened with Lewis‘ melodic diversions, while Wish it Could be Christmas is an energetic highlight. I only wish more of the Collection possessed that much spirit!
Original selections here include Motown-esque One More Sleep, a more patient Cousin of Carey‘s All I Want for Christmas is You, as is the fun and lively Mr. Right.
Those of you who enjoy Lewis‘ lovely vocals will be in a perpetual festive state of delight. Concise and trimmed with goodness, Leona Lewis’ Christmas, With Love, is worthy of a spin in your Holiday rotation. Sony Music Canada releases on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.