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Susan Boyle: Standing Ovation: Fantastic Fourth Album from Susan Boyle! Great Songs! Great Voice!
on January 26, 2013
This is Susan Boyle’s 4th album: Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From The Stage. As the title implies, all the 11 songs are taken from stage shows. The songs are well chosen, and well known to all of us, and Susan Boyle put her own stamp and interpretation to them (like Somewhere Over The Rainbow). She is in top-form, and her voice is crisp and clear, smack in the middle. The orchestration is very smooth and refined. The bonus is of course having her childhood idol, Donny Osmond, to do two duets with her, plus the phantom himself Michael Crawford doing The Music of The Night. The audio is very well remastered. Although the sale and chart position are not at the same height as her first powerful output I Dreamed A Dream, this disc peaked at #12 on Billboard 200 and #7 on UK Album Chart. Of course, Susan being Scottish, it reached #1 on Scottish Album Chart.
The song listing (plus source of stage show) is as follows:
01 Somewhere Over The Rainbow (from Wizard of Oz)
02 The Winner Takes It All (from stage show ABBA)
03 Send In The Clowns (from Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music)
04 The Music of the Night (featuring Michael Crawford)(from The Phantom Of The Opera)
05 Bring Him Home (from Les Miserables)
06 Memory (from the stage show Cats)
07 As Long As He Needs Me (from Oliver The Musical)
08 All I Ask Of You (featuring Donny Osmond)(from The Phantom Of The Opera)
09 Out Here On My Own (from Fame)
10 You’ll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel)
11 This is the Moment (featuring Donny Osmond)(from musical Jekyll & Hyde)
As you can see, there is a great variety of music. Michael Crawford’s voice is still oh so smooth and he can still hit the high note. As to Donny Osmond, he has come a long way from his “Puppy Love” days. His voice has matured. Being in the musical Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the past really helped with the maturation of his singing voice. But of course the star here is Susan Boyle. Her voice is still oh so pure and powerful. My personal favourite is “You’ll Never Walk Alone”…oh so powerful with so much feelings. The only minor negative aspect of this set is the lyric to each song: hand-written by Susan Boyle herself. Although it was legible, I still prefer the typed-written fonts variety.
The price of this CD has also dropped since its initial release, and at $9.99, it is very reasonable. The entire disc is totally enjoyable, and is highly recommended.