Echo Leona Lewis has a voice like a monolith; a shiny, towering monument to perfect sound. But it can be difficult to connect with the woman… Echo Leona Lewis has a voice like a monolith; a shiny, towering monument to perfect sound. But it can be difficult to connect with the woman… 2009-11-17 Leona Lewis Pop
Music Review

Echo (2009)

Leona Lewis, Echo | JUST TRYING TO BE HAPPY Leona Lewis
JUST TRYING TO BE HAPPY Leona Lewis
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Nov 17, 2009; Lead Performance: Leona Lewis; Genre: Pop

Leona Lewis has a voice like a monolith; a shiny, towering monument to perfect sound. But it can be difficult to connect with the woman who wields it, even with the help of pop-chart pros like Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, and Justin Timberlake. Too much of Echo is mired in soppy balladry and standard-issue dancery that seem meant to be consumed with a box of drugstore Chablis. When it works, however, as on the soaring ''Happy'' and feathery, synth-laden ''I Got You,'' all is (momentarily) redeemed. C+

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Originally posted Nov 11, 2009 Published in issue #1076 Nov 20, 2009 Order article reprints