I Am

I Am

by Leona LewisLeona Lewis


It's hard to miss the declaration of independence within the title of I Am, Leona Lewis' first album recorded outside the confines of Simon Cowell's Syco Music. Separating from the machine that turned her into a star, Lewis seizes this fourth album as a vehicle to redefine her sound, ditching much (but not all) of the glassy gauze of "Bleeding Love" and throwing herself into a buoyant bounce somewhat inspired by the reigning British diva of the late 2010s, Adele. Lewis is canny, though. She may often trade in the same Tamla/Motown rhythms that define new millennial neo-soul -- a sound that also surfaced on her ebullient 2013 seasonal affair, Christmas, With Love -- but she and her team of producers (often led by Toby Gad but featuring several other musicians) are keenly aware of various club and EDM trends, so they're given a digital sparkle that entices, not blinds. Similarly, the slower showcases for her volcanic voice seem somewhat built to scale, opting for modulated melodrama over a full-force gale. Such a measured production means I Am appeals on a pure sonic level, eclipsing the often monolithic glare of Spirit and Glassheart, but the songs here, largely co-written by Lewis and Gad with other collaborators, are her strongest compositions, sharply crafted and passionate enough to earn the elemental allusions apparent on the opening "Thunder" and "Fire Under My Feet." If I Am does indeed open a new chapter for Leona Lewis, this album suggests it will be more intriguing than the first: she's learned how to harness her natural skills and has broadened her palette, a combination that results in her best album yet.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2015
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602547442482
catalogNumber: 002377702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leona Lewis   Primary Artist,Vocals
Janice Graham   Violin,Leader
Ben Chappell   Cello
Jake Rea   Violin
Wayne Wilkins   Keyboards
Warren Zielinski   Violin
James Boyd   Viola
Eg White   Bass,Piano,Drums,Bells
Helen Paterson   Violin
Hannah Dawson   Violin
Beatrix Lovejoy   Violin
Lizzie Ball   Violin
Annie Beilby   Viola
Felix Tanner   Viola
David Cohen   Cello
Max Baillie   Violin
Clarissa Farrán   Conductor
Richard Harwood   Cello
Kotono Sato   Violin
Ciaran McCabe   Violin
Kevin Anyaeji   Keyboards
Meghan Cassidy   Viola
Marije Johnston   Violin
Martyn Jackson   Violin
Jamie Campbell   Violin

Technical Credits

Diane Warren   Composer
Tom Barnes   Composer
Anne Preven   Composer
Wayne Wilkins   Composer,Programming,Producer
Eg White   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Hilary Skewes   String Contractor
Toby Gad   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Kristian Larsen   Engineer
Leona Lewis   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jim Eliot   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Jon Bailey   Engineer
Clarissa Farrán   String Arrangements,String Transcription
Francis White   Composer
Ben Kohn   Composer
Kevin Anyaeji   Composer,Programming,Producer
TMS   Producer
Lewey Melchor   Engineer

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