Susan Boyle is back. Did you miss her?
Susan Boyle, the show-tune singing Scottish spinster who captured global attention earlier this year for her appearances on "Britain's Got Talent," has returned -- and just in time for the holidays, wouldn't you know?
Boyle's debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" is coming out in stores and features 12 tracks including the title song from "Les Miserables" as well as pop numbers ("Wild Horses," "Daydream Believer") and religious songs ("Silent Night," "Amazing Grace").
In her review today, Times pop music critic Ann Powers wrote: "Boyle's clear but warm tone and stolid phrasing turns everything it touches into a more songful version of New Age music. It's relaxing to listen to those drawn-out syllables, gradually building toward a gentle, wavelike climax."
She added: "Boyle possesses neither an impulse to swing nor an ounce of the blues; whether she's covering the Monkees, the Rolling Stones or Madonna, Boyle sings like she's in a place of worship, surrounded by white walls and soft light, cooking up some chicken soup for the soul."
Powers wrote that Boyle is at her worst when she pushes harder. "She doesn't know how to build drama, and her throat seems to constrict as she reaches for bigger notes," wrote the critic.
As you may recall, Boyle lost to the dance group Diversity in the final round of "Britain's Got Talent."
Read Powers' entire review of Boyle's album.
-- David Ng
Photo: Susan Boyle, during a recent appearance on "America's Got Talent." Credit: Trae Patton/NBC Universal Inc.