The Gift - Susan Boyle
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  • Summary: The mezzo-soprano singer from Scotland has a second album of orchestral Christmas carols and various non-holiday song selections that showcase the voice that had even Simon Cowell singing her praises.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 8, 2010
    70
    The Gift wins at warming the heart in a time of reflection and recession, ringing subtly--via an impressively less-than-mechanical recipe--in the slushiest part of our brains.
  2. 70
    Mostly she and the producer Steve Mac render traditionals--"Auld Lang Syne," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and more--in unerringly gorgeous, if wrenchingly polite, arrangements, performances that smooth flat the many creases in Ms. Boyle's sometimes erratic public persona.
  3. Dec 8, 2010
    66
    The Gift, the second release from famed "Britain's Got Talent" contestant Susan Boyle, is a bit of a tweener: mostly a holiday album and partly a follow-up to last year's massively successful "I Dreamed a Dream."
  4. Dec 8, 2010
    60
    There are a couple of songs so overfamiliar that Boyle can do little to revitalise them, including a predictable trudge through 'Auld Lang Syne' and the saccharine overdose of 'Away In A Manger', but Boyle herself once again emerges from trashy circumstances with class intact.
  5. Dec 8, 2010
    50
    For the most part, The Gift is indeed predictable in its sound--a continuation of the glassy, stately march of I Dreamed a Dream--and songs, relying on carols, not secular seasonal tunes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 10, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I can't believe they let you go. They made a mistake. They are idiots. Whoever they are. Wherever you are. Wherever you are is the best place to be at any given moment. Expand
  2. Nov 29, 2010
    10
    Honestly, People have forgotten the very essence of music which is singing. Throughout the album, Susan gave us sweet melodies for a pleasant Christmas without shouting/screaming/belting high notes. In fact, people today have forgotten that true singing (with less style and good vocals) is an art. Although, it might sound too adult contemporary but still is real music Expand
  3. Apr 9, 2011
    8
    After listening to it a few times, it starts to sound really, really christmas type of music. Enjoyable, and pleasant, soothing tunes which may gradually be a christmas album remembered for a long while. Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2010
    5
    My mother can't stop listening to this so-called "Christmas album". It's overly repetitive gospel/pop/slow old not-classic rock mixture stuff, and lacks any form of creative spark. Is the genre even definable? Expand