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Album Review

Susan Boyle’s grand unveiling on Britain’s Got Talent was with a song from Les Misérables — the very song that lends this album its title — and if she could become an international sensation based on a show tune standard, there’s no reason for her to change her approach on her debut, since that’s the sound that made her a star. Plus, a large part of Boyle’s appeal is that she’s a middle-aged woman recalling a bygone era when there were singers who appealed to an adult audience by offering soft, stately versions of pop hits and standards. That time was the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and apart from a rather faithful version of Madonna’s “You’ll See,” I Dreamed a Dream could very well have been released all those years ago, as it mixes up the show tunes, gospel, and Christmas carols with covers of Skeeter Davis’ “The End of the World,” the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” and a version of “Daydream Believer” that is easily the slowest on record. Boyle sings beautifully throughout, delivering more of the same of what she did in her moment in the sun on television. Those won over by Boyle, either her voice or story, will surely be satisfied.

Biography

Born: 01 April 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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  • 7,99 €
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Vocal, Vocal Pop, Rock
  • Released: 20 November 2009

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