Susan Boyle “I Dreamed a Dream” review

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. Read our review.

Susan Boyle I dreamed a dream

Artist: Susan Boyle
Title: I Dreamed a Dream
Label: Sony
Rating: 6/10

Corporate line: 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 fulfill my wish. There is happiness out there for everyone who dares to dream.”

Review:
1. Wild Horses – If this take on the Rolling Stones’ classic doesn’t give you goosebumps then you must be missing a soul. [8/10]

2. I Dreamed A Dream – This is the rendition that captured the world and took their collective breathe away. What can you say–it’s beautiful. [8/10]

3. Cry Me A River – Boyle does manage to pull off a good rendition. [7/10]

4. How Great Thou Art – This surely stoked much pride in her native Britain. [6/10]

5. You’ll See – Boyle’s take on Madonna is actually shocking. Frankly, if Madonna was this good of a singer she’d be a bigger star than she is–imagine that. [7/10]

6. Daydream Believer – Unfortunately this is amazingly pedestrian and hokey. [2/10]

7. Up To The Mountain – Although Boyle can hit all the notes and pulls it off–there seems to be a lack of soul. It sounds like Boyle is simply going through the motions. [6/10]

8. Amazing Grace – Done nicely–but there are a million versions out there and Boyle doesn’t do much with it. [6/10]

9. Who I Was Born To Be – Simply beautiful. It’s far more touching than many of the other tracks. Boyle doesn’t sound like she is going through the motions. [8/10]

10. Proud – Filler. [5/10]

11. The End Of The World – This is boring. It’s missing something right in the middle. [5/10]

12. Silent Night – Certain to be a holiday staple. [8/10]

Frankly: Sadly this album was overrated. The problem is that Susan Boyle was rushed to get an album out before Christmas and with that came nothing but a cover album. Surely Susan Boyle will be printing money with the sales of “I Dreamed a Dream” but its to bad there is nothing original. At some point it’ll be interesting to hear Boyle’s own voice.

1 thought on “Susan Boyle “I Dreamed a Dream” review”

  1. well to start with (lol) i am a straight male, i listen to many various types of music, from rock-n-roll to rap, from country to dance…very eclectic.

    i came acroos susan.s album in november when my mother bought it, i didnt think she could do anu better than she did in bgt, boy was i wrong..

    the album has some perfect songs on it, aswell as covers..madonna’s you’ll see is beautiful(better than madonna’s version) and of course i dreamed a dream is perfect..

    who i was born to be, wild horses, proud and goin up to the mountain are the stuff of goosbumps. i love this album so much and just want to let people know, that susan is a very special lady with a special gift, god bless you susan and ireland loves you.