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Friday, September 12, 2008

If You Can Believe It, Leon Jackson's "Don't Call This Love" Isn't Too Shabby

Last year's X Factor winner Leon Jackson finally arrives on the scene next month with new material that will hopefully wash the bland taste of "When You Believe" out of the public's collective mouth.

Gotta hand it to Leon and the 50 people working for Simon Cowell behind the scenes—his first proper single, "Don't Call This Love," is surprisingly good in a retro-'70s soul way. Sort of like Duffy meets Nixon/Ford-era Philadelphia.

I can actually see Leon following in the footsteps of fellow X Factor alum Leona Lewis and crossing over in America with this...which is probably what Cowell had in mind all along.

Jackson's full album Right Now is out October 20 in the U.K.

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  • At 5:52 PM, Blogger John said…

    It's a decent song, and I like the retro feel of it, but crossover? Maybe on the Adult Cougar charts, but he'll get chewed up and spit out faster than Lil' Wayne's lollipop.

  • At 7:24 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    i've already proclaimed my love for it recently, but when did Leon get hot!!> Oh my effing god!

    PS John have you forsaken me now alphabeat are languishing down the bottom end of my chart :P

  • At 11:36 AM, Anonymous John said…

    ok so i liked leon on the xfactor but lets be serious its dull and boring not even close to leona or shayne or rhydian, crack the US, never going to happen, lucky if its number one in the UK.

  • At 7:06 AM, Blogger Adem With An E said…

    It's not a terrible song is it? Though I still find him terrible to look at; I'm just a little weirded out by him really.

  • At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yah i don't see the crossover potential in this one. it is a nice song though; it's v. late autumn/wintery. i think team duffy is going to have a bit of a marketing challenge in north america with the remaining singles off "rockferry". many who don't know the fabulous duffy would probably expect similar material to "mercy".



  • At 3:59 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    I am with Dluv on this - the Philly strings and winter love-ness of it is quite good.

    Shane who?

  • At 11:33 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    John, I've been lording over the Adult Cougar charts myself for quite some time.

    Paul, why do I get the impression many people have languished at your bottom?

    (Other) John, you little wiseacre. Watch the flip tongue of yours.

    Adem, that's what bags are for, luv. And the light switch...

    Will-i-am, I thought the same about Natasha Bedingfield, but she seems to have blown all the right people.

    XO, wait, someone's agreeing with me? Jesus, take the wheel!

  • At 12:36 PM, Blogger Michael said…

    It seems like it could get the same kind of adult contemporary play that Michael Buble's 'Home' received.

    It's a pretty good tune. He's doesn't do much as far as interpretation but his voice sounds nice and strong throughout. They've done an impressive job of making him over.

  • At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ok lets get this right all you people that have commented probarly only listen to one type of music babes, get it right this song is highly addictive im not being funny the only reason why leona is soo big in america is because she is a pretty girl a lot of people can sing over there, and the only reason she is so big over here is because we don't get that much people with big voices so yeah leon is amazing and yeah micheal buble is a legend and i think leon is going to be amazing so suck on that.

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