Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Album review by FirstGentleman
If you know me, you know I love a good underdog. Kelly Rowland, J.C. Chasez, Dawn Robinson and now I can add Susan Boyle to the list. Susan Boyle was an internet sensation here in the States. I logged on to see a dumpy, Ms. Doubtfire knock off audition for Britain’s Got Talent and blow the judges away. They’ve taken some tweezers to her caterpillar eyebrows, fried dyed and laid to the side that hair and gave her some foundation and NOW she’s the next big thing since Celine Dion.
I Dreamed A Dream is mainly standards and one original piece, so chances are you know the songs. She starts out the album with my favorite Rolling Stones song “Wild Horses”. Now, she’s no Mick Jagger but her version is 100 times better than that dreadful Alicia Keys version with Adam Levine (he was equally as bad). The title track is her calling card; it’s what she originally auditioned with and garnered her so much attention. “Mother Boyle” even takes us to “church” (albeit a Presbyterian one) on “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace”. You can hear the (Black) choir trying to go in but arrangements and lead vocalist don’t allow for it. She even tackles Madge’s (Madonna’s) “You’ll See”. The songs are selected to show off the purity of range and clarity in her voice. She knows her lane and stays in it (a lesson some artist should learn).
Susan has been #1 on the charts for 4 weeks straight, keeping that adulteress Alicia Keys out of the top spot (See, God don’t like ugly!). So far she’s moved 2.5 million copies in 4 weeks and I’m sure your favorite artist hasn’t done that this year (hell, in a few years). This all goes to show you that 1) young people don’t buy albums, and 2) old people don’t know how to use the internet because her album has been readily available for downloadable consumption for weeks, 3) R&B sales (and music) suck. This all validates my love for those who are underestimated. The ugly duckling has turned into a swan and now she’s flyin’ high on the charts!