Susan Boyle, "As seen on YouTube"
When I got my review copy of Susan Boyle's new CD, "I Dreamed a Dream," in the mail the other day, the sticker on the front caught my eye.
Stickers like this one on the cover of CD jewel cases are fairly common. Usually, they list the singles, or maybe a few kind words from a magazine like Rolling Stone.
This one read "As Seen on YouTube."
That's the first time I've seen something like that.
If you're not familiar with Boyle, she's the 48-year-old Scottish singer who became an overnight sensation on "Britain's Got Talent" in April. She is perhaps YouTube's biggest success story, as well.
I plugged Boyle's name into YouTube, and did a quick tally. Boyle-related videos have been watched more than 100 million times.
According to a press release, pre-orders of "I Dreamed a Dream," which was released Tuesday, made her No. 1 on Amazon.com's best-sellers list ...
I don't know if it's possible for anyone's debut album to live up to that kind of hype. But the music on "I Dreamed a Dream" comes close. The song selection ("Daydream Believer," "Who I Was Born to Be," "Proud") suits Boyle's meteoric rise. And the sparse, simple production suits Boyle's classic-sounding voice.
Boyle's singing isn't perfect. At moments, she overreaches herself, and occasionally over-sings. But none of that matters, really. The title track, which was the first number she sang on "Britain's Got Talent," still sends shivers down my spine. "Les Miserables" is one of my favorite plays, and I've never still heard anyone do it better.
At 48, Boyle is finally getting a proper debut. Better late than never, I say.
(Photo by me)