2010: The Gift
Susan Boyle combines traditional carols like The First Noel and Away in a Manger with some rather unexpected tracks. Leonard Coen’s Hallelujah makes an appearance, as does the Crowded House classic Don’t Dream its Over. Boyle and her choir give these two iconic songs a slow, classical treatment, which works well with the rest of the album, but may have fans of the original tracks turning their noses up. Boyle seems much more at home performing traditional Christmas classics; her rendition of O Holy Night is dreamy, and the Christian hymn Make me a Channel of Your Peace is magical. To promote the release of the album, Boyle ran a competition, giving her fans the chance to perform a duet with her. The winner, Amber Stassi, is featured on the track Do You Hear What I Hear? and manages to hold her own against Boyle and her choir. Whilst The Gift received mixed critical reviews, Boyle’s fans were not disappointed, with the album going either gold or platinum across seven countries.