• Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Nov 9, 2010
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
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  1. Apr 9, 2011
    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.
  2. Mar 10, 2011
    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
  3. Nov 29, 2010
    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
  4. Nov 23, 2010
    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?

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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.
  2. Dec 8, 2010
    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.
  3. Dec 8, 2010
    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.