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Someone To Watch Over Me [CD]

Susan BoyleAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)

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With a synchronicity you’d have difficulty making up, Susan Boyle’s global record sales hit a monumental 14million on the fourteenth month after her recording career started. With number one albums on five continents, in over 20 countries, her two albums have shifted the Susan story far away from a performance on a British Talent Show. For the devoted listeners to her rangy ... Read more in Amazon's Susan Boyle Store

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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B005G618JU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Have To Be There
2. Unchained Melody
3. Enjoy the Silence
4. Both Sides Now
5. Lilac Wine
6. Mad World
7. Autumn Leaves
8. This Will Be The Year
9. Return
10. Someone To Watch Over Me

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Susan Boyle's third album, 'Someone To Watch Over Me,' sees Susan and world acclaimed producer Steve Mac reunited to present a sensational and contemporary album that will span the generations. Featuring breathtaking renditions of 'Unchained Melody' and 'Both Sides Now', Susan fearlessly takes on iconic songs 'Enjoy The Silence' and 'Mad World' giving them a new identity. Original material includes 'This Will Be The Year' by Emeli Sande and Naughty Boy with Josh Kear and 'Return' by Steve Mac and Wayne Hector.

The album heralds a new era of music for Susan Boyle. New material and classics combined with a variation of tempos from the ethereal to the dramatic, the music is stripped back and showcases the voice the world fell in love with.

Susan's song choices were inspired by the life stories and inner most thoughts from people who wrote letters to her from around the globe.
"There are certain songs that I liked that resonated with the letters that people had written and sent to me." Susan said, "I knew that s what my record needed to be about. They wrote about grief, love, happy and sad times, it was all deeply moving and the songs mirror the emotion and life experience."

Comprised of her signature big numbers as well as the unexpected this album will cement her credibility in the music world.

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209 of 218 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan's Voice Glows November 1, 2011
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Barbra Streisand called Susan's voice "like a poet singing". On this album she displays that unique ability to inhabit and interpret a song like no one else on the music scene today. Her voice goes from soft and smoky to a soaring cry of need in "Unchained Melody", she is bluesy and softly sexy in "Lilac Wine". In "Both Sides Now", she has given us a freshly interpreted song with insights into a life of someone who has seen it all and still doesn't understand "life" or "love". In "Return", one of the songs written just for her, she soars with longing and emotion. "This Will be the Year", another original shows us a woman who will always prevail. "You Have to Be There" resonates with everyone who has had a crisis of faith, but in the end, embraces hope and trust. I was skeptical about "Mad World" and "Enjoy the Silence". Neither one would have been a choice to listen to. That said, Susan shows her considerable emotive talents in these two songs perfectly. "Autumn Leaves" is about grief and sadness, true, but as in YHTBT, ends with the hopeful knowledge that loved ones never completely leave us. I would have loved "Someone to Watch Over Me" to be longer. If I have any disappointment in the album, that would be it. Miss Boyle has grown incredibly in vocal prowess and technique in a scant 2 1/2 years. Her versatility, her range, her emotive abilities, all these shine in this incredible album. Billboard says she "has arrived". Personally, I believe she had already "arrived" by selling 14 million albums in 14 months, but I agree that, with this album, she is firmly set as a professional singer who is here to stay for a very long time. And all we who are music lovers are the better for it.
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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album! November 2, 2011
By Corkie
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I believe Susan has taken some remarkable strides with Someone To Watch Over Me. I like the versatility of her voice and the way she changes it to suit the mood of the song she's singing. That effect alone just pulls me into the song, and I can get lost in it. I like having an album in which all the songs aren't the same. I have a pretty wide range in my taste in music, and I think Susan must also. In this album, there is a little bit of everything, and I like that. I was also pleased that the production was held back this time compared to the last two albums. Susan's voice is stunning, and in this album, the listener can actually hear her and not miss a single beautiful note.

Yep, there are covers on this album. I like covers! I like to hear songs that are familiar to me and different interpretations of them. "Both Sides Now" was a song I never liked at all. With Susan's interpretation, it sounds like a completely different song, and I'm loving it. I also like "Mad World" and "Enjoy the Silence" -- a little bit off balance and edgy. And "Unchained Melody"...I don't care if it's been done a lot, it's still one song I love, and Susan's rendition is fantastic. There are two original songs on this album that were written for Susan, "Return" and "This Will Be The Year". She does an incredible job with both of them. It seems to me that now days the trend is for the artist to write his/her own material. Good or bad? Some songs artists write are good -- some so poor I could do a better job without half trying. Collaboration appears to be used pretty loosely.
Susan doesn't have to write her own material for me to respect what she does.

There are also songs on this album I was completely unfamiliar with, so they are new to me.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Collection - I'm Hooked! November 1, 2011
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Susan continues to surprise us with her ability to take songs from diverse genre, reach deep within her soul, and pour out a fountain of emotion, creating something that captures the song's essence so we hear it new as we listen over and over. She just as adeptly swoons us with a saucy 40's-like bar room ballad "Lilac Wine," then mesmerizes us with haunting yet innocent versions of the 80's new wave classics "Mad World" by Tears for Fears and "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode. She cries with emotion and hope as she pleads with God, "You have to Be There," and dreams of her love's "Return." There's nothing Karaoke about this collection. Susan sings from the heart, with a passion that makes each song new. Bravo Susan, I'm hooked!
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan Boyle's Third Album November 1, 2011
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To say Susan Boyle's third album is stunning is putting it mildly. By the time I had heard the entire thing, I felt that I was vibrating from all the emotions it evoked in me. Her versatility in range and the absolute heart she puts into each song is amazing and brilliantly executed. I will purchase this album for everyone I care about, because it definitely says "I love you enough to give you this precious treasure".

If you haven't seen it, check out YouTube to see the video of our returning troops set to Susan's new song, "Return". It is an absolutely beautiful tribute to our brave service men and women, and left me with tears flowing.

This magnificent Lady has done it again! Thank you Susan.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING - START TO FINISH. KEEP GOING, SUSAN November 1, 2011
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Susan Boyle continues to amaze me. I couldn't wait to get to the store today, so I downloaded the album and I am so elated, I'm keeping it on autorepeat all day. This new entry is supurb. All the songs are first rate and well performed. As Susan surprised me with her take on "Wild Horses" on her debut CD, she does the same here with "Mad World". Other favorites are "Return", "You Have To Be There", her crying rendition of "Unchained Melody", the etherial "Enjoy The Silence". Expecting the standard we all know of "Autumn Leaves", I was surprised by this other song of the same title. Lovely. I agree with another reviewer that "Someone To Watch Over Me" was too short. I expected a turn on this standard similar to what Susan gave us with "Cry Me A River", also from the debut CD. However, in listening to this version of "Someone..." it reflects the final recording ever made by Dusty Springfield (part of her Dusty box set), where it is the same amount of the song with voice and piano. I'm not saying it is a tribute to Dusty, but it gives the same reflection and spirit of the song as presented. I hope in future releases, Susan explores the timeless standards we all know and interpret them as only she can. Adding an additional note about Dusty, Susan would do a marvelous job on a B-side Dusty recorded called "No Stranger Am I", that was written by Norma Tanaga. We can only hope.

Right now, this blessing of new music will stir the soul and warm the heart. It is such a treat. I highly recommend it.
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Is the AGT performance of YHTBT in a faster tempo than the CD version?
I didn't think it was off beat at all. Susan was into the emotion and intensity of the song and I thought her performance was very nearly perfect. Love the CD version as well of course. But live is always more intense with any song.
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Kindna lookin like another beautiful day. Lookin forward to seein what that mighty fine young lady selects for her new album.
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