Hope

Hope

by Susan Boyle

CD

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Overview

Officially, Hope -- Susan Boyle's sixth album since 2009, every record appearing in time for the holiday season like clockwork -- is her first non-thematic album since 2011's Someone to Watch Over Me, but in broad terms every one of Boyle's records feels the same and this 2014 set is no exception. Relying heavily on the pop standards of the '60s and early '70s with the comparatively recent cover of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" and Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" offered as spice, Hope is cut from the same cloth as its predecessors: it's nothing but songs that have been handed down through the generations via variety shows, all arranged not to offend. This has been Boyle's modus operandi since I Dreamed a Dream but Hope, like Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage and Home for Christmas, benefits from the absence of her original producer Steve Mac, who gave her original album a chilly somnolence. Hope still is in danger of dragging due to its stateliness but the surroundings are warmer, which is not only a better fit for Boyle's voice but also means the record comes closer to providing a comforting bath of familiarity. By design, there are no surprises in either the songs or arrangements on Hope, but the execution is precise and professional and Boyle and her fans both benefit from this shift in tone.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2014
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888750093325
catalogNumber: 500933
Rank: 2002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susan Boyle   Primary Artist,Vocals
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Strings
Dermot Crehan   Fiddle
Mick Wilson   Background Vocals
Crouch End Festival Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Kennedy Aitchison   Piano,Keyboards
Cliff Masterson   Guitar,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Choir Conductor
Jonathan Ayling   Cello
Dishan Abrahams   Bass
Steve Anderson   Piano,Keyboards
Charlie Kenny   Drums
Diva Choir   Choir, Chorus
Luke Fitton   Guitar
Timothy Gill   Cello

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Roger Waters   Composer
Sarah McLachlan   Composer
James Drew   Pro-Tools
Joe Darion   Composer
Edwin Hawkins   Composer
David Gilmour   Composer
Mitch Leigh   Composer
Ash Howes   Programming,Instrumentation,Additional Production
Rolf Lovland   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Kennedy Aitchison   Arranger,Producer
Bart Millard   Composer
Cliff Masterson   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Brendan Graham   Composer
Susan Boyle   Arranger,Liner Notes
Sean Kenny   Engineer
Gary Thomas   Engineer
Jez Ashurst   Programming,Instrumentation
Steve Anderson   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Remixing
Avril Mackintosh   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Andrew Panton   Vocal Coach
Ken Watts   Producer

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Hope 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LeeM50 More than 1 year ago
Susan Boyle's album Hope does indeed create a feeling of inspiration and hope.  It weaves together seamlessly modern classics with well-known hymns and traditional songs which make our hearts and spirits soar along with Susan Boyle's incomparable voice. I cannot think of another singer who can handle such a diverse repertoire with such splendid results.   Susan Boyle is fearless in taking on some iconic songs long associated with certain major artists, but rather than trying to imitate  them she gives each song her own unique vocal treatment and the result is a masterpiece. I've listened to the album many times already and will treasure it for many years to come. 
jms330 More than 1 year ago
She has such a gorgeous voice and can sing just about anything, from the sublime to the powerful. I really like this CD, it has a very unusual track list and is inspirational as well as beautiful with a little bit of fun thrown in.
GrayseaGR More than 1 year ago
Hope is Susan Boyle's 6th album and another fantastic CD that you will want to add to your collection. Susan, who has one of the most  amazing voices of our time, has done it again. Hope is a brilliant work of art: a masterpiece! It's like a collage of bright colors in a beautiful painting. It is evident that every song was carefully arranged to produced such beautiful music. Susan sang each one with such passion. You can hear Susan's crystal clear voice and feel the emotion in each and every word she sang. Stunning! Hope would be a great keepsake Christmas gift for your family members, as well as your friends. It will touch their hearts, as it has touched mine.  I would like to suggest that you buy all of Susan's CDs if you would like to hear beautiful, soothing, exciting music. She does it all! Every single CD is wonderful! I play her songs all day, every day. Most outstanding singer I have  ever heard and I have been around a very, very long time. Amazing CDs! You will love them! Congratulations, Ms. Susan Boyle!  Well done!  Graysea Comment Comment | Permalink   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have listened to Susan Boyle's latest album Hope many times since I have received it, and I like it more every time I hear it. Her voice has power, perfect pitch, and a sweet purity on the high notes. Many of the songs have a religious overtone, and although I don't usually listen to that genre, I enjoy this album because it is Susan''s voice and personality that make every song special. Although I listen to many types of music, I find myself pulling out her CD over and over., and never tire of listening to her beautiful voice.