As a dedicated fan, I have to admit that this c.d. is the BEST in Susan's career! Seriously. I listened with both ears this time and can state, unequivacably that this is the best remedy for rehab! Why spend a fortune when you can relax and doze off to this muzak and feel awake and chippy in the morning? Susan will surely hit paydirt with this one. And why not? She has certainly paid her dues despite these trolls (i.e; bunky and Sigma) who roam these discussions and make fun of our dear Susan. If only they would take their ipod headphones out and listen onn a quality system. I'm so depressed. :(
This artist is keeping fans more than busy this year enjoying her release. Sorry if this isn't Amazon news but easier to get download stats. Used with permission:
SO is charting in 36 different Countries in every continent SO is going up (from #50 to #42) in the Global Albums Chart.
That's excellent because is and indicator that after almost 4 years since Susan launched her career as a professional singer, she has very much kept her appeal and power as an artist in the music industry globally.
You also need to consider that there are 2,000 albums in the iTunes Global Albums Chart and other several thousands Albums from other artists (some of them very well known) that are not even charting.
Standing Ovation is currently charting at #42 and going up, meaning Susan Boyle is currently part of a very exclusive elite of artists that consists in the 2% most successful group of musicians that are selling their music digitally.
I don't know the source of your information, but here is the latest from kworb.net about iTunes (which of course is downloads only and not the primary source of Susan's sales; more come from purchase of the physical format CDs):
Susan Boyle Worldwide iTunes Performance | Last update: 2012-11-26 10:35:08 EDT
Susan is right now ranking at #119, with 342 Points
Standing Ovation - The Greatest Songs from the Stage #8 Bulgaria #10 Malaysia #10 Philippines #13 Sri Lanka #16 Vietnam #22 Singapore #25 Hong Kong #26 New Zealand #29 Poland #45 Romania #54 Thailand #58 Australia #58 Ireland #59 Sweden #61 Spain #66 Macau #75 Taiwan #78 Hungary #92 Slovenia #100 Norway #101 Honduras #106 United Kingdom #138 El Salvador #150 Argentina #150 Canada #157 Portugal #187 Mexico #200 Estonia #276 Dominican Republic #289 United States #398 Italy #399 Guatemala
Well, the numbers sure aren't going upward this time!
Week Ending Nov. 25, 2012. Albums: Crash And Burn By Paul Grein | Chart Watch - 4 hours ago
"This is one of those weeks where the downward moves and slow starts are more interesting than the upward moves. Susan Boyle's Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From The Stage drops from #12 to #31 in its second week, suggesting that her appeal owed a great deal to her compelling back story (the frumpy woman with the golden voice), a hook that is no longer fresh."
The album isn't going onward and upward here at Amazon, either: it is currently ranked at #9 in (All) Music and at #2 in Music > Broadway & Vocalists and at #3 in Music > Pop> Vocal Pop > General
Despite the suspiciously glowing reviews of many fans, the critics are either giving the album short shrift by ignoring it altogether or by giving it a quick brush-off the way PEOPLE magazine did; as far as I am aware NONE of the major newspapers have reviewed it and most of the professional reviews I have seen have been rather lukewarm. It's too bad, really.......
Clix Pix, what do you think of the quality of the recordings? I think the reviewers are writing her off just because it is a "predictable" album with show tunes and no newly-written songs, which wouldn't be possible on a show tunes album since show tunes have to come from shows that already exist. Or, perhaps they don't like the choice of show tunes. I certainly don't think the recordings are inferior. I think it is her strongest album to date.
Why no interest?? Well, she doesn't do drugs. She isn't naked on the cover. She isn't barfing onstage. She doesn't dress like an egg. She doesn't have a boyfriend beating her. There is no wondering whether she is a hermaphrodite. She isn't trying to be outrageous. She has no car, so no accidents and no speeding tickets. She is not anorexic and does not have bulimia. Who cares then if all she does is sing wonderful songs with that beautiful voice.
Susan is, unfortunately, old hat by now. The thrill is gone, not that there was one to begin with. You can even tell that there are far less reviews here than in her previous efforts. No. The public has gotten wise finally, and that's the difference.
I like the album. I don't LOVE the album. There is an important distinction there for me. Unfortunately I have not quite nailed down what it is that makes the difference. I think that for Susan this is a "personal best," she sings very nicely on each and every track. The orchestrations and arrangements are terrific -- Biff has done well by her. Yet, for me, there is something missing, something lacking and I have not yet been able to identify just what it is. I noticed it from the very first time I listened to the album all the way through. Was part of it that I didn't feel an urge to play any one track over and over again? Was part of it that I didn't find myself totally enthralled by any one track or the way Susan was singing a song? I really don't know but all I can say is that for me something is just not there, even though the album as a whole is nicely put together, it flows well from one song into the next, etc., etc. Unlike a couple of the earlier albums there are no tracks that I would want to discard out of hand when preparing a "favorites" playlist. That's not the issue here, as I do like (even if I don't love) each track. I like listening to the album as a whole, but once it has played through I'm already thinking of something else to put into the CD player (if I'm in the car) or another artist's music or another playlist to highlight if I am in iTunes on the computer. That in itself is different. I think I had the "IDAD" album in the CD player in the car for three months straight, and "The Gift" in there for at least throughout the holiday season. "STWOM" I had in there for at least three months, too, and I would frequently hit the "repeat" button on certain songs. I am finding that I'm not doing that at all with this new album. After maybe two or three full plays through, it has already surrendered its place in the car CD player to something else and I've moved on with the music that I listen to in the house as well. Right there that should tell someone something.....
I only wish that I could figure out just what that "something" is. I have not written a review for the album on Amazon because I am still trying to come to grips with this and if nothing else, when I write a review of anything I want and need to be honest and direct about it. I am not someone who will simply say, "I LOVE this album!" without any explanation as to why that might be. Nor would I claim to dislike an album without having specific details to offer. In this situation I don't LOVE the album but I sure don't dislike it, either -- I'm caught somewhere in the middle and actually, I'm finding this frustrating, as usually I can pinpoint things and move on. This time I don't seem to be able to do so. In the meantime, as we see, a lot of music critics aren't bothering at all or they blow off the album with a few snarky comments.....there have been a few serious reviews but even they have been rather middle-of-the-road and lukewarm, too. I guess I am not alone in not being able to pinpoint something that just doesn't seem to be there this time.......
It was a "predictable" album and supposedly a "safe" choice, but how "safe" is it if reviewers ignore it and prospective customers don't buy it?