Details have been released of Leona Lewis’ latest and third album, Glass Heart. The album, in true X Factor style, is compiled almost entirely of cover tracks.
Shamefully so the album includes a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ 1994 Hurt. Part of NIN’s Downward Spiral album, the moving track was covered by the late Johnny Cash in 2002.
With his name added to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980, Cash has earned indescribable musical legacy. His emotive recording of Hurt is touching and all consuming.
Hurt marked one of Cash’s final hits before his death in 2003. Receiving much deserved-critical acclaim, the accompanying video, featuring images from Cash’s life, was named the best video of the year by the Grammy Awards and Country Music Awards.
This leaves me to ask, why does Leona Lewis have to right to steal such a significant track and claim it under her clichéd Pop belt?
Whilst Cash may have covered the song, he made it his own and performed every word with heartrending emotion.
“What have I become,
My sweetest friend,
Everyone I know,
Goes away in the end,
And you could have it all,
My empire of dirt,
I will let you down,
I will make you hurt.”
How can an artist like Leona Lewis even begin to cover a song like Hurt ? She may be good at lip-syncing, but has she really earned such a cover?
The album also includes a track worryingly titled Fire Flies; let’s hope that’s not a tribute to Owl City’s annoying 2009 hit!
Set for release in March of next year, Lewis’ EP will also contain covers of Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls and Colorblind by Counting Crows.