Susan Boyle, "The Gift"
Boyle's second release, which debuted at No. 1 last week, is billed as a holiday record. But Boyle's handlers (including former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell) make some offbeat song choices. In addition to the expected (gauzy, choir-assisted renditions of "O Holy Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful"), Boyle tackles non-seasonal tunes by Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, and Neil Finn in essentially the same stately and earnest fashion.
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