Susan Boyle devoted 2013 to Christmas projects, including a starring role in the Christmas Candle film, so it's no great surprise that she delivered a seasonal record with Home for Christmas ; that was the design from the beginning. Boyle had delivered a Christmas album before -- her 2010 sophomore set Gift was a holiday album -- but Home for Christmas doesn't bother with such niceties as elusive titles or songs that are barely seasonal ( Gift contained covers of Lou Reed , Leonard Cohen , and Neil Finn , none of whom have written a Christmas tune). This is a straight-up Christmas album, anchored by "The Christmas Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," the kinds of standards that are song often, sometimes reinterpreted, but, in Boyle 's hands, are sung precisely how you'd expect: gentle and exact, without a note out of place. Anybody who has followed the reality show contestant from the start of her career will not be surprised, nor will they be dissatisfied: she delivers the goods without fuss or flair, and the concentration on holiday tunes does make this a stronger Christmas album than its predecessor, as there is never a moment when it strays from its cheerful, comforting, seasonal aesthetic. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
- Vocal, Rock, Holiday
- Vocal/Standards, Pop/Rock, Holiday
- Vocal Pop, Pop Idol, Christmas
- Susan Boyle
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