Leona Lewis — “Brave” (from Echo) — Brave - Echo (Deluxe Version)

For reasons that completely escape my comprehension, Lewis’ powerhouse sophomore album — an unexpectedly brilliant leap past an already-fabulous debut — has failed entirely to connect with audiences on this side of the pond. A tantalizing taste of what these foolish mortals are missing: Miss Leona, in full dazzling diva mode (replete with high-flying vocal acrobatics to die for) but masquerading as the meek ugly duckling and credibly selling an astonishingly powerful anthem of insecurity and of the suffocating struggle to overcome devastating doubt.

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