Here I Am
Label: Syco Music UK
It's no surprise that Leona Lewis has been compared to the likes of Mariah, Whitney and Celine -- and not just because she's got the pipes to hold her own among that fearsome triumvirate. The first album from the British reality show winner-turned-superstar also smacks of the heyday of divadom: synths, glistening production, hypersentimentality and full-throated, full-throttle vocals, the kind Mariah hasn't graced us with since the '90s. Come on: Isn't "Footprints in the Sand" (complete with gospel choir!) just begging the drag queens of the world for a hyperbolic impersonation?