so leona has cracked the US, big time. i’m pleased for her and now I see why her album contains so many ballads. their cheese radar is lower than that of the endlessly critical brits, perhaps…and some people find ballads cheesy. leona does them well though.
so whilst ‘spirit’ is good quality, there’ll be plenty of time for a mature sound later on. now that she’s cemented her popularity for the foreseeable future, she really needs to nail the pop/r&b crossover next time. anyway, since leona’s second album must be a sure thing by now I was wondering how it’ll turn out. so, these are the types of songs that I’d like to hear from her.
aaliyah – hot like fire
leona has the right tone to her voice to copy aaliyah’s style but has much more range, so it would be interesting…
adriana evans – looking for your love
this type of sweet, live instrumental track would be a good personality fit for leona, who appears to have won over the US and UK public with her sweet, down to earth manner. i’m not with those who translate this into a lack of personality – if she was delivering witty asides to camera, that would be fake.
amerie – crush
this would have been a cute track for leona. for whatever reason amerie continue to flop, maybe leona could take this off her hands…
brownstone – if you love me
no point having that vocal capability if you’re not going to show it off?
juicy – sugar free
in fact she did record an updated version of this called ‘suga sweet’ pre-x factor, and it’s not bad. midtempo 80s soul would be a nice contrast with her voice.
mariah carey – we belong together
in a way, ‘better in time’ is her ‘we belong together’. but another one won’t hurt. maybe she should keep it back for her third album.
prince – if i was your girlfriend
some princespiration won’t go amiss…why not, everyone else is doing it. if leona’s going to shake off her good girl image, she should go classic, not sleaze.
keisha white – open like so
leona will need to do sass at some point. not in a trashy beyonce style, or man-bashing late 90s jittery r&b, but something a bit more direct. like this.
kelly rowland – can’t nobody
i see this as the type of club track leona might do – not too aggressive or desperately current, just something that works.
alexander o’neal and cherrelle – never knew love like this
leona and lemar. please.
shola ama – you’re the one i love
this was the song that i remember shola for the most, not sure if it was her biggest hit but it was the perfect balance between pop and r&b. but in the 90s, for a uk artist, this was about as r&b as it got.
swv – weak
if leona sticks with some ballads, I would love to see her tackle some 90s style slow jams.