Kicking off the holidays, Leona Lewis has made her first-ever Christmas album, Christmas, With Love.
On this album, the songstress puts her unique spins on holiday classics such as “Winter Wonderland,” “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night.”
Christmas, with Love starts with Lewis' upbeat original Christmas song, “One More Sleep.” Here, she sings about waiting to see her boy come home for Christmas. Then, Lewis' “Winter Wonderland” version gets funky. I personally felt the song took the “wonder” out of “wonderland.” The album's tone changes into an old school, Motown vibe for the next few tracks, and “Mr. Right” has her singing about how lonely she feels without her “baby.”
“I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” is probably the best song on this album. It’s fun and really captures that excitement we all feel towards Christmas. This track should have been the album's opener.
As for the rest of the songs, they did not live up to expectations.
The album ends with Lewis' haunting version of “Ave Maria.” No doubt, she really sings her heart out here. Then, just to soften the whole album, Lewis offers a sweet rendition with “Silent Night."
We all know Lewis has a very good voice; however, it simply doesn't hit you with the force it usually does on Christmas, With Love.