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Susan Boyle - The Gift

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Item #: 13107368
    Personnel: John Parricelli (guitar); Eddie Hession (accordion); Steve Mac (piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Dave Arch (piano); Chris Laws (drums); Joanna Forbes, Sarah Ryan, Ann de Renais, Jenny O'Grady, Grace Davidson, Mae McKenna (background vo......more

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Artist: Boyle, Susan
Description:
Personnel: John Parricelli (guitar); Eddie Hession (accordion); Steve Mac (piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Dave Arch (piano); Chris Laws (drums); Joanna Forbes, Sarah Ryan, Ann de Renais, Jenny O'Grady, Grace Davidson, Mae McKenna (background vocals). Audio Mixer: Ren Swan. Liner Note Author: Susan Boyle . Recording information: Abbey Road Studios; Air Studios, London; Rokstone Studios, London. Photographer: Jason Bell . Arranger: Steve Mac. If ever there was an ideal candidate for a holiday album it's Susan Boyle, the reality TV show contestant who caused a sensation with her pretty, old-fashioned performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" in 2009. If ever there was a genre that calls for old-fashioned prettiness it's the holiday album, a genre that cares not for the whims of fashion, a genre where predictability is cherished. For the most part, The Gift is indeed predictable in its sound -- a continuation of the glassy, stately march of I Dreamed a Dream -- and songs, relying on carols, not secular seasonal tunes. Well, that's not entirely true. There is a very, very large exception to that rule and that is the inclusion of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," and Neil Finn's "Don't Dream It's Over." These three modern standards are given the same somnolent treatment as the rest of the record and popped right into the thick of The Gift without explanation. Of course, since they sound like as the rest of the record, they don't necessarily stand out, they merely meld into the album, providing an appropriately tasteful soundtrack to any holiday occasion you may choose. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
See Also:
I Dreamed a Dream
See Influences:
Barbra Streisand, Betty Buckley, Katherine Jenkins, Celine Dion, Sarah Brightman
See Contemporaries:
Lynda Lemay, Clay Aiken, Sophie Milman, Beardsmith, Faryl Smith, Ray Quinn, Andrea Bocelli, Camilla Kerslake, Elaine Paige, Jackie Evancho, Charlotte Church (Vocals), Michael Buble, Diane Schuur, Josh Gracin, Josh Groban, Paul Potts, Will Young, Hayley Westenra
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Perfect Day
  2. 2 Hallelujah
  3. 3 Do You Hear What I Hear?
  4. 4 Don't Dream It's Over
  5. 5 First Noel, The
  6. 6 O Holy Night
  7. 7 Away in a Manger
  8. 8 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
  9. 9 Auld Lang Syne
  10. 10 O Come All Ye Faithful
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Subgenre:
Christmas
Label:
Columbia Records
Producer:
Steve Mac
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
35 : 13
Guest Artist:
Amber Stassi
Editorial Reviews:
Billboard (p.36) - "This time out Boyle even takes on 'Don't Dream It's Over,' which she and producer Steve Mac turn into a hushed, lush recitation..."
UPC:
886977207723
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  • Susan Boyle - The Gift

    Susan Boyle is a real Joy to listen to on this CD. Her voice keeps a song in my heart all day long. I have two of this CD, one for my home & one for my car. She always deliver. This CD is a "real" bargain for the price it is offered at.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? excellent
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? excellent
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Susan Boyle CD

    Love this CD and works well in the truck which can be a problem.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? great
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. just fineWorked
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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  • Hear an angel sing

    I am a Susan Boyle fan and was thrilled to get her new CD. She's a winner!

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? exact
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? exact
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. first-class condition
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    impern from Spring Hill, FL, Jan 19, 2012

  • Susan Boyle - The Gift

    was worth the money wife throughly ejoyed it very much....

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? good
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? good
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. god
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    ctv39sc from abderson sc, Dec 30, 2011

  • Worth the money

    Worth the money. Excellent music. Ms. Boyle surprises us again.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? accurate
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? 100% accurate
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? No
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    1grtshopper from Northern Virginia, Dec 1, 2011

  • Disappointed

    The sound of the recording was very off. Had to put volume up very high. To soft vocals.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? No
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    etkc from Boston, MA, Jan 20, 2011

  • Christmas Gift

    I purchased this for a family member for Christmas who loved the Susan Boyle 2009 album. It became their favorite gift of the season. Highly recommend for those people who purchased or recieved last year's album. Big reward for a relatively low cost compared with other gifts. Recipient felt it complimented last year's CD creating a great xmas collection. Can't wait for next year's album!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    newerbuyer from Bellows Falls, VT, Dec 29, 2010

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