I Dreamed A Dream

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Nov 23, 2009
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 46 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 24 out of 46
  2. Negative: 14 out of 46

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  1. LarC
    Dec 7, 2009
    4
    She has a nice voice and good control, but no sense of creativity in her treatment of the songs. She's about as vanilla as they come. Her CD is good for one, maybe two listenings, but probably no more.
  2. ZekeP
    Dec 6, 2009
    4
    This is exactly what I expected. EXACTLY. It's straight out of the "stock, over-produced and neutered" drawer that always gets opened around Christmas (aka Acquistionfest) time. Bland, inoffensive renditions of enjoyable pop songs and show tunes that will appeal to the middle-aged/older crowd. These kinds of album will make ideal gifts for those who have no idea what to buy their This is exactly what I expected. EXACTLY. It's straight out of the "stock, over-produced and neutered" drawer that always gets opened around Christmas (aka Acquistionfest) time. Bland, inoffensive renditions of enjoyable pop songs and show tunes that will appeal to the middle-aged/older crowd. These kinds of album will make ideal gifts for those who have no idea what to buy their friends and relatives. It appeals to everyone and yet no-one in particular. Many copies will be consigned to bargain bins, charity shops and the attic come next year. Susan Boyle will eventually join similar "artists" like the now overlooked Hayley Westenra after the hype dies down and her producers/handlers find newer one-hit-wonder ca$hcows. The tragedy is that Susan would fare so much better if her voice wasn't processed and autotuned and she had enough idea of what career path she wanted to travel. As much as I hate these light-entertainment fad talent shows, she could fairly accurately be called "voice of the people" - an ordinary individual with an extraordinary talent. But that will be wasted if all she ever does is lacklustre versions of other people's material, and knowing the people who control her career, that's exactly what will happen. Still, she'll have no problem keeping her cat fed now, so it's not all bad. Maybe she'll buy a couple more? Everyone could use a cat or two. Expand
  3. AnthonyP
    Dec 2, 2009
    4
    Boring. all hype. who cares about the story. i only care about the music, which quite frankly, borders on sucking. sure, she has a nice voice...that sounds rather ordinary, right about average for an operatic voice. this CD, with all the hype behind it, just became an overproduced messed, that if not for the story, we'd never care about.
  4. Robert
    Dec 4, 2009
    4
    Mediocrity at its finest.
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. There are some lovely vocal performances here and some well-appointed and understated arrangements. But not one of Boyle’s versions transcends the original or adds much of an emotional shading, other than a consistent undercurrent of melancholy that makes the album feel increasingly drab.
  2. For fans of Boyle's original Britain's Got Talent clip, the result might be a bit of a letdown, especially in snoozily competent versions of 'Daydream Believer' and Madonna's 'You'll See,' which offer none of her jarred-lightning charm.
  3. Boyle is perfectly comfortable singing actual hymns like 'Amazing Grace,' though her take on them is pretty much on a level with any local church's choir star. She's at her worst when she pushes harder; she doesn't know how to build drama, and her throat seems to constrict as she reaches for bigger notes.