A Decade Of Boyle (Music Thoughts: Ten, Susan Boyle)

71O+Df-reOL._SY355_Can you believe it has been ten years since that viral video of Susan Boyle’s audition for Britain’s Got Talent. I do admit that I was one of those people who was touched by it, and certainly her back story added to my appreciation of her. I like her quite a bit, and I thought that she was one of those artists who had good records,. especially the first one. It was atmospheric, and played to her strengths. I had some problems with some latter albums, but more from the uninspired song selections than anything else. I feel like she is one of those singers who is probably bet on record – I once saw her live in Las Vegas with Donny Osmond and she was suffering from a set of nerves.

Now comes ‘Ten,’ a retrospective of her best tracks from her first six albums, in addition to four new tracks. The album showcases what makes her albums soar – great renditions of ‘Wild Horses,’ “Amazing Grace,’ and of course ‘I Dreamed A Dream.’ The new tracks are also quite good: I was immediately drawn to her slowed down soulful version of ‘500 Miles,’ and her duet of ‘A Thousand Dreams’ with Michael Ball is primo. I maybe could have done with ‘Climb Every Mountain,’ but I do get it. All in all, this is a great collection of songs, and should be a great addition to any playlist.

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