|Release Date:||December 2, 2013|
|Tracklisting:|| 1. One More Sleep|
2. Winter Wonderland
3. White Christmas
4. Your Hallelujah
5. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
6. Mr Right
7. O Holy Night
8. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
9. Ave Maria
10. Silent Night
Leona is getting into the festive spirit with her new release Christmas, With Love which contains a mixture of original tracks and festive classics. Ahead of the album’s release Leona teased that it would have a Motown feel and told fans to expect some surprises. Songs such as O Holy Night, remind fans why they fell in love with Leona in the first place. Her beautiful and powerful voice takes centre-stage and she sounds simply fantastic.
Surprisingly most of Christmas, With Love is uptempo with only a handful of ballads in sight. The uptempo Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) is a good fit for Leona although her version isn’t quite as good as Mariah’s from back in the 90s, whilst against the odds I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday actually works well for her voice. White Christmas is a little bit too busy for our tastes and is the one moment on the record we could have done without.
Ave Maria is a moment that really surprises as Leona showcases her classical training. It’s a very faithful rendition of the track and Leona sounds fantastic. Could a classical album be in her future? We wouldn’t put money against it.
The best moments on the album are the original tracks. One More Sleep, which is the lead single, is a catchy festive track that we can imagine being played for years to come, and Your Hallelujah actually sounds like an established Christmas track. Our favourite is Mr Right which opens with festive bells and jingles galore as Leona wishes for the man of her dreams under her tree.
Christmas, With Love is a solid effort from Leona and it puts her incredible voice at the centre. The album serves as a reminder of why we all fell in love with her in the first place and it’s more fun a record than we expected. Where Leona goes from here is anyone’s guess but after the flop of Glassheart she needs to play to her strengths and craft an album worthy of her talent. This is a good step in the right direction.