Leona Lewis Tries to Convince Us She's "Trouble"
We're not buyin' what she's sellin'
Lewis' shy shtick was enough to make Simon Cowell and the rest of the UK fall for her on "The X Factor"—judges spent most of the season dishing her ego-boosting "You don't know how good you are" praise which she would then deflect with feigned humility and shock—but, six years later, that dichotomous nature of mild-mannered but mighty, passive but powerful is growing old. Quick.
With a voice as grand as hers, Lewis shouldn't have to succumb to tricks and tactics, but when you keep your fans yawning, maybe you should start. "Trouble" is more of the same melodrama from Lewis: her soprano over soaring strings and a moody piano. The haunting trip-hop comes courtesy of Emeli Sande, who penned the track, and producer Naughty Boy, but it way too closely resembles their own collaborative tune from last year "Daddy," further proving that Lewis has yet to find her own stride.
(Plus, if she thought she was building street cred by having Childish Gambino as a guest, she should think again. Thankfully, his 36-second verse is a bit of a savior.)
Lewis tries not to play it safe, but her threats ("Bet you wish you'd never met me") are transparent and her chorus is far from convincing - in fact, coming from her, "I’m a whole lot of trouble" is laughable.
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