Album: Susan Boyle, Someone to Watch Over Me (SYCO)

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The Subo story is a feel-good potboiler brought to life: dowdy Scottish introvert turns up at Britain's Got Talent to initial audience titters, but wows the world with her untutored perfect pitch and West End-worthy projection.

The headline this time is that she's moved on from showtunes and tackled a couple of 1980s classics: Tears For Fears' "Mad World" and Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence". American Recordings it ain't: Boyle's versions are professionally executed but phenomenally dreary.