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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.

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A Beautiful Gift

Susan has done it again with a beautiful and timeless holiday gift to us all. The songs are true classics that will stand the test of time. God bless you Susan Boyle.

A "Gift" for the world

What a perfect way to begin the joyful holiday season. Susan Boyle can soar as she does in Oh Holy Night, reverently pray as she does in Make Me a Channel of Your Peace. Her voice is ethereal in A Perfect Day, quietly moving in Auld Lang Lyne, and in every track, she brings the unique quality that is Susan. I love this album and highly recommend it to anyone with a love of the season and of beautiful music.


Even just the 30 second previews of the songs blow me away!


Born: April 1, 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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