10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
181 Ratings

181 Ratings

Christmas early ,

Wow!

I have to admit I didn't buy the first album but after hearing her interview on itv, hearing her story, made her music mean soooooo much more :) thank you

mofluk ,

Susan!

Wow.... susan is so humble, a real person, and her music is just truly breath taking, she deserves everything. I love you :)
Buy the album x

weloveveronicas ,

Great

I'm sick of peole saying bad things about susan , she is a truly nice woman who has an amazing voice , let's celebrate her. I don't think that it will sell the same as the last album but i couldn't possibly especially in dwindling album sales of the 21st century I still expect it to shot to #1

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