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The Gift

Susan Boyle

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Susan Boyle's heavenly inflections still sound easy on the ears, even a year after the drama of Britain's Got Talent has subsided and everyone has gotten over the initial surprise that a middle-aged Scottish woman can possess such an otherworldly voice. Her sophomore long-player is a Christmas-themed one, even though it opens with an over-the-top take on Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," dissolving (or maybe changing) the rock myth that Reed originally wrote the song about self-medicating with a lover. She also breathes new life into the often covered Leonard Cohen staple "Hallelujah," which provides a perfect segue between "Perfect Day" and the 1962 carol "Do You Hear What I Hear?" where Boyle duets with Amber Stassi, a 33-year-old New York paramedic who won an online contest to be a guest singer on Boyle's second album. And even though Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" is about not letting the world's negativity get in the way of love, Boyle strips it down to a piano and a heartfelt delivery that somehow fits in well with more traditional Yuletide carols.

Customer Reviews

Sings like an Angel!

I am so impressed with her voice. Thank you Susan for having the courage to share your gifted voice for all of us to hear and feel.

gosh

Gosh...I SO don't get the attraction. These have been slowed to the point of snooze and her voice, never my favorite, sounds completely gutless here.
ETA: Just listened to Hallelujah...KD Lang and Leonard Cohen should sue for defamation.

Great album

I love this album Susan Boyle sings amazing!

Biography

Born: April 01, 1961 in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Amateur vocalist Susan Boyle became an overnight sensation after appearing on the first round of 2009's popular U.K. reality show Britain's Got Talent. Boyle, who was born in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland in 1961, caught the judges (and the world) off guard with her masterful rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Misérables, due in part to the unemployed and undeniably plain church volunteer's "salt of the earth" demeanor and country spinster back story. Boyle attempted a singing...
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The Gift, Susan Boyle
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Holiday, Music, Vocal, Rock, Vocal Pop
  • Released: Nov 09, 2010

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