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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Album review: Susan Boyle, “Someone to Watch Over Me”


Scottish phenom Susan Boyle has one of classical pop’s loveliest voices, but there’s only so much she, or anyone else, seems to be able to do with it. Boyle’s third album follows the same pattern as its predecessors, mixing standards (like the restrained title track, with its cigar-lounge piano) and modern, occasionally daring covers

Boyle sings these songs without inhabiting them, as if she learned them phonetically. They’re almost always slowed down, sexless and place an emphasis on mood, not emotion

 Some of the covers of newer material are buoyed by their sheer, unintended weirdness. On her last disc, Boyle turned Lou Reed’s addiction valentine “Perfect Day” into the deathless love song you never hoped it could be. Here, she takes on Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” (compelling in its weirdness, and also sort of pretty) and Tears For Fears’ “Mad World,” which, having already been stripped for parts a few years back by Gary Jules, is now squarely in Boyle’s comfort zone

By Allison Stewart  |  03:06 PM ET, 10/28/2011

 
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