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Oct272011

Susan Boyle Channels Selena Gomez on New Version of "Mad World"

 

SINGLE REVIEW: Susan Boyle, Britain's Got Talent poster girl, is about to release her third studio album (her albums sell gazillion copies around the world), Someone to Watch Over Me. Included in this highly anticipated recording is her part-gorgeous/part-creepy teen-voiced version of Tears for Fears' classic "Mad World."

By Robbie Woliver

 

Susan Boyle seems to approve of her new teen voice.

 

"Mad World" has become one of those ubiquitous songs that never really gets old; Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is another. No matter who sings it, the song will most likely survive. The unlikely superstar, Boyle, who reached global fame by belting out Broadway classics on Britain's Got Talent in 2009, has taken a more daring and unexpected route on her albums. Turns out she has an affinity for rock and roll, and some obscure songs at that. Her choice of "Wild Horses" on her debut, I Dreamed a Dream, for example, was not as surprising as her choice of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" (pick up jaws) on the upcoming Someone, which will be released on November 1.   

The 50-year-old singer has a gorgeous voice, there is no disputing that, and that familiar soaring soprano of hers is not quite in evidence during "Mad World," where she sounds more like a teen Disney star like Selena Gomez or Taylor Swift. It's a great track to play for your friends and make a sure-fire million dollar bet that they'll never guess who it is--and they won't, unless, of course, they are REVIEWniverse followers. But you know what? Boyle's childlike rendition is eerily compelling and creepy, sorta the way weird young Adelaide is on American Horror Story.

We haven't heard Adelaide sing Tears for Fears yet, but it might sound like this:

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Beautiful song. Ethereal rendition. No surprise.

"MAD WORLD" VERSION BY SUSAN BOYLE RATING: 9.4/10

KNOWING IT'S SUSAN BOYLE SINGING AND NOT SELENA GOMEZ RATING: 4.9/10

ADELAIDE CREEPY FACTOR RATING: 10/10

"MAD WORLD" VERSION BY ADAM LAMBERT: Jackpot/10

 

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Reader Comments (12)

Ok people use some Logic here.Adam is a male, so is Gary Jules. Susan is a female. Gary sings it to piano , Susan sings it to guitar and ...I cant recall what Adam sings it to . Susan has a female touch. Gary and Adam have a male touch. When you want to hear a MALE touch to this song, you listen to Adam or Gary. If you want to hear a FEMALE rendition & as far as I know I cant think of any well known FEMALE artists that have covered this , then Susans it is .And she does it superbly at FIFTY!!! BEAT THAT all of you critics .So its a WIN WIN for Susan, Adam and Gary and of course the original band whom created this TEARS FOR FEARS .GET IT ? No contest here, just choice of "do I want to listen to a male sing it today...or ...do i want to hear a female sing it today...OR or ...do I want to hear a band sing it today. .DUH!!Even the creator of this blog didnt look at it from THAT angle .USE YOUR BRAIN.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMINNIEMOUSE

I totally agree that the Adam Lambert version hit it out of the stratosphere..

"MAD WORLD" VERSION BY ADAM LAMBERT: Jackpot/10

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjun

I'll take the jackpot Adam Lambert version, thank you!

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCNB

First time listening I thought it sounded creepy and strangely thin voiced for what I remember of Susan Boyle. Second time I definitely hear the Selena Gomez comparison! Why would they try and make Susan sound like a teenager?

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenzie

Not bad - slightly boring - great if you're trying to take a nap.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

The "Mad World" version by Adam Lambert was perfect and amazing. I love it!

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I prefer ADAM over Gary Jules & Susan Boyle not just because I'm a Glambert but because I've heard many renditions by ADAM of Mad World & each one is Unique in the LAMBERT style that I have grown to love ... always Fresh & New. Neither Gary nor Susan can give it a different sound each time they sing it ... ADAM can & does. ADAM = Perfection = Jackpot/10!!

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertess4ADAM

No one can sing this song like Adam. The quiet passion in his voice is beyond compare and brings you to tears because you can tell he believes every word he is singing.....

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlorraine

I'm trying to USE YOUR MY BRAIN, but it fell asleep during this awful rendition of Mad World.....Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

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