As with ‘Echo’ a massive collection of ballads & midtempos, ranging from epic, hard hitting dark toned heartbreakers like the Emeli Sande-penned trio ‘Sugar’, ‘I To You’ and ‘Trouble’ & other shining examples as the rare driving R&B moment thanks to Livvi Franc & Darkchild ‘Shake You Up’ the Andrea Martin/Naughty Boy classic piano ballad ‘When It Hurts’, the alt-rock of ‘Favourite Scar’ and Leona finally stepping out of her own box with the Frank-E electro-infused ‘Glassheart’ and the dubstep drenched Ina Wroldsen/Fraser T Smith track ‘Come Alive’.
Surprisingly the boring guitar ballads come with the usually fantastic Bonnie McKee on ‘Lovebird’ and Bonnie/Kelly Sheehan on ‘Unlove Me’, if they hadn’t been so restricted with production thanks to Leona’s Fraser T Smith obsession & been able to write an electro or R&B track I know this would have been a fantastic collaboration, what a waste of two talented writers.
Substandard piano & string ballads include ‘Fireflies’, ‘Stop The Clocks’, ‘Fingerprint’ and the Counting Crows cover ‘Colorblind’ all thanks to Fraser T Smith’s unoriginal, repetitive production. We know he can also do much better as a producer, as seen on his dubstep stuff on Britney Spears’ last album, so him & Leona coming together to do ballads was never going to be a success.
Thankfully the other writing & production collaborations on the album bring the album up to being, overall a quality collection of material as expected from Leona’s massive label backing and many studio sessions. But please next album, can we have a lot more tempo & genre-variation Leona, you & your vocals are so much better than the material you choose for your albums!
Check out credits, collabos & unreleased tracks @ the FORUM post: