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I Dreamed a Dream

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 24 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0026P3G12
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Wild Horses
2. I Dreamed A Dream
3. Cry Me A River
4. How Great Thou Art
5. You\x{2019}ll See
6. Daydream Believer
7. Up To The Mountain
8. Amazing Grace
9. Who I Was Born To Be
10. Proud
11. The End of The World
12. Silent Night

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2009 debut from the vocalist who became an overnight sensation after appearing on the first round of 2009's popular UK reality show Britain's Got Talent. Boyle caught the judges (and the world) off guard with her masterful rendition of 'I Dreamed A Dream' from the musical Les Mis‚rables. Within hours of her appearance on the show, Boyle was not only an internet sensation; she was a world-wide phenomenon. This is the musical story of the year!


She captured the hearts of millions and became a worldwide YouTube phenomenon with over 300 million hits. An inspiration for those who have a dream, the talented Susan Boyle presents her stunning debut album.

Susan surprised the world with her powerful, heart-stopping voice when she walked onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage. Now with a beautiful and diverse album she will, once again, defy preconceptions.

I Dreamed a Dream, the album, crafted by world acclaimed producer Steve Mac, demonstrates Susan Boyle's extensive musical ability. Featuring her signature songs "I Dreamed a Dream" & "Cry me a River,"the album also includes a haunting rendition of Rolling Stones "Wild Horses," Madonna's "You’ll See," The Monkees "Daydream Believer" and "Who I Was Born To Be," an original recording written specially for Susan.

Susan enthused; "It was my greatest ambition to release an album and I have finally achieved it. This amazing journey has helped me find my own identity and fulfil my wish. There is happiness out there for everyone who dares to dream."

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By Marty From SF TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 22 2010
Format: Audio CD
The phenomenon that is Susan Boyle continues with her debut album and does not disappoint. Anticipated since that night on `Britain Got Talent' when she `rocked that audience', Susan finally fully escapes with a well deserved piece of work. The song collection contains a range from classic pop to anthemic show tunes.

The strongest songs are, "Wild Horses", "Cry Me A River" and, of course, "I Dreamed A Dream". "Wild Horses" takes a daring approach using a Rolling Stones classic and turns it into a heartfelt ballad. "Cry Me A River" brings out a surprisingly sultry Susan Boyle, completely devoid of her hip wiggling from her television debut.

There are a few songs that slightly wobble under heavy strings and backing vocals like, "Amazing Grace" and "How Great They Art", but still showcase Miss Boyle's vocals. "Daydream Believer" and "The End Of The World", both previous pop hits have a nice touch that show a sensitive touch with a unique interpretation, but seem a tad out of place. Otherwise, this collection will satisfy any casual fan.

There is arguably little doubt that grand anthemic pieces like, "I Dreamed A Dream" and "Who I Was Born To Be" are Miss Boyle's foray. Her voice only sounds stronger and more emotional when backed by a strong orchestra. "Memories" from `Cats' would be a fantastic offering and an example of her grandest range. The only thing missing from this album is the audience reaction from her "I Dreamed A Dream" appearance on television. The rising approval of the audience roaring as she reaching the climax of each verse was spine-tingling. It was real. It was Susan Boyle.
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I was one of the millions who was entranced by Susan Boyle. I loved her beautiful voice and simplistic style of delivery so absent from the world of music today. Susan is a welcome change and somewhat of a throwback to earlier days when artists actually COULD sing without the bells, whistles and studio tricks. Her basic approach to singing and songs reminded me of the beautiful style of Nana Mouskouri, a not so well known but hugely successful singer who has sold more records than any other female singer in the world on the basis of her unique and beautiful voice and singing style. As Nana has retired and as that type of singer has disappeared from popular entertainment I think that Susan will take up that mantle and become much loved by the same audience as was Nana. Okay so maybe not chart topping but filling concert stages the world over at her whim. For this Im greatful. But I think that her albums need to be planned a bit more carefully. There are stunning and bone chilling performances here such as Wild Horses, I Dreamed a Dream, You'll See and Who I was Born to be. But there are also lapses such as Silent Night, How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace which do not match the other material. As well they are strangely arranged and oddly dont even include all the lyrics; and, while Susans voice is great on them, they sound more like demos whichd belong on a different type of album. Im surprized that no one at Sony thought about this and advised the producers to reconsider the final track run down. Nonetheless, her voice is stunning and she has clearly learned a great deal about the dramatics of delivery. With the right material and with a few more years of experience she will become a great singer and performer and will have the abilty to entrance. Im looking forward to her next record and her first tour. Buy this!
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I ordered before the release of her first album, as seeing her on the net I knew she could sing. I was very pleased with the album as it nicely showcases the wide variety of musical styles she possesses. The studio album is clear, crisp sound and I think there will be no stopping the train for this highly accomplished singer. She does everything from Rolling Stones to gospel and does it well.
My wife plays it all the time and I think I am going to have to get the next album Susan does.
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I am a huge Susan Boyle fan, and I can agree with most of the comments made. Just like fashionable clothes, food, or decor, music has to match the singer. I Dreamed a Dream, Wild Horses, and the other one mentioned, I agree showcase Susan's talent beautifully. But I wonder if she really chose all the songs for this album, or if she listened to the moneymaker staff more? Next album she should take more control of what she wants to sing. Either make it a mix of popular songs, done in her version, or make a christian album featuring her favorite hymns. Never put both on your debut album. All it does is confuse your audience. Other than that, here singing is flawless, and I look forward to hearing more from her.
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By Alan Rivière TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 29 2010
Format: Audio CD
This debut album of Susan Boyle consists of songs of many genres--from the pops, to the spirituals, to the Broadway hit which made Susan Boyle a singing sensation today. Furthermore, it includes an original work specifically written for Susan Boyle.

The Pops
"Wild Horses" was originally composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the Rolling Stones, in their 1971 album Sticky Fingers. In this re-arranged version, Susan Boyle gives new meaning to an old song. In her own words, it "conjures up memories of childhood amongst Council Estates, poverty and struggle..." in this hauntingly beautiful rendition of hers.

"Cry Me a River", a popular American torch song originally recorded by Julie London in 1953, was performed by Susan Boyle in a charity event in 1999 and subsequently put on CD. Only a thousand copies were made. Now 10 years later, in her new CD, she again captures the beauty of this jazzy blues ballad written by Arthur Hamilton, in the melancholy of a woman betrayed, just as she did years ago. One wonders: where were the talent scouts in those days? How did they overlook this talented woman?

"You'll See", an international hit written and performed by Madonna in 1995, tells of the determination and sorrow of love betrayed. While Madonna's rendition was filled with determination, Susan Boyle sings the ballad movingly with equal amount of determination and sorrow. It brought tears to my eyes.

"Day Dream Believer" was a song composed by John Stewart of the Kingston Trio and recorded in 1967 by the Monkees, with Davy Jones as the lead. It was sung light-heartedly with a humorous opening. Susan Boyle's soft and dreamy rendition of the song, however, conjures up vision of a half-asleep woman struggling to get out of bed and start the day.
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