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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2010
I bought this CD as a Christmas gift for my wife. I was very disapointed and so was she.This product is completely unsatisfactory.The singers voice is overwhelmed by the orchestra. The CD must have been produced by a tone deaf amatuer. Frank Roth  I Dreamed a Dream
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9 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2009
There is no doubt that Ms Boyle has an amazing voice, but something has gone terribly wrong with the tempo on these tracks. It is way too slow making this a very sad collection of dreary depressing music, released just in time for the happy festive season (perhaps a pharmaceutical industry conspiracy designed to push us all over the edge). Varying the tempo and the selection of the tracks would have helped greatly. Susan's voice is shaking in this studio version of "I Dreamed a Dream" and comes across as being forced. This rendition can't come close to the perfection of her first appearance on BGT. While I have never been a fan of The Monkeys, or "Daydream Believer", turning an upbeat song into a dreary ballad was not a good decision. Madonna's "You'll See" (one of her best) has been destroyed by Susan and dragged into musical doldrums. And then to "throw" "Silent Night", a happy Christmas carol, into this mix of doom and gloom ballads is a misfit and leaves the listener wondering what's going on here. Sadly, after this long wait, there wasn't one track on this CD that is a "must-have". I found my mood going south fast before hearing this CD through to the end. I would recommend that you never play it without a good supply of anti-depressant medication on hand. I believe Susan's magnificent voice and winning style are better suited to show tunes and hymns and a strictly "Christmas" CD would have been the perfect choice for her, especially considering the release date. Those of you who are AI fans will remember Simon Cowell always emphasizing the importance of "song choice" and I feel that she received some very questionable direction. There isn't one track on this CD to give Susan's popularity any sustainability. I had planned on giving this CD to everyone on my Christmas list, but I'll be buying Paul Potts "Passione" instead. I think Susan is a "flash in the pan", that when all this hype dies down after Christmas, people will stop talking about her and soon forget about her. This time next year this CD will have collected dust and we'll all be asking "Susan who?". Sorry Susan!
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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2009
After Listening to Cd I think the following:
The world simply needs another fake hero. She has nice natural material-voice, but it had to be trained and polished 35 years ago to be a real singer now. In fact, she isn't singing even like an average opera singer student, why are everybody keep saying not truth about her real situation I don't know. When I (and many other musicians for sure) hear her sinning I can recognize her voice - out of tune, unstable breathing notes, not enough stamina power and all set of other "amateurs' skills"! That's why you will find slow tempos on CD and your mood will go South. I would better pay attention to real singers, encourage young (and those who already became legend as well), beautiful and professional people who are really in harmony with their voices, professional skills and outstanding stage appearance. This is just my opinion.
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