Susan Boyle – Standing Ovation

Still, there have been flashes of unexpected inspiration, most notably on 2011’s Someone To Watch Over Me which found her collaborating with Emeli Sandé and covering Depeche Mode and Tears For Fears. Yet if it was her most interesting record to date, it was also her least successful with its 1.3 million sales showing a steep decline from the 9 million sold of 2009’s I Dreamed A Dream. Boyle is signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco and, as befits a label almost entirely made up of reality TV product, commerce is king. So, almost certainly as a direct result of her commercial decline, Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From The Stage plays it safe, clearly calculated to remind listeners why they first fell in love with Boyle. Its well-worn concept of songs from musicals even allows Boyle to return to Les Miserables, original home of what became her signature tune I Dreamed A Dream. The result, Bring Him Home, is one of the more successful songs here, offering glimpses of passion behind her pure voice and an interesting twist on a song which was originally written for a male voice. 

Susan Boyle – Standing Ovation

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