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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: 18416

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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