‘Tis the season to get spoiled rotten by Christmas releases from pop divas, but even by normal standards, this has been an unusual bountiful month — with major releases from Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige and now Leona Lewis stirring up some serious Yuletide cheer (and it’s not even Halloween yet).
Personally, though, Lewis’ might be the strongest of the bunch — she’s just unveiled the first single from her upcoming “Motown-influenced” holiday LP Christmas, With Love due out November 24 in the UK and December 3 in the US. “One More Sleep” is at least 80% jingle, built on a great countdown hook: “Cause I got five more nights of sleeping on my own / Four more days until you’re coming home / Three more dreams of you and mistletoe / Two more reasons why I love you so.” Structurally, it’s wonderfully old-fashioned, with great “ooh-ooh”s in the background and twinkly production.
If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will. Check it below.