This compilation -- the first-ever released by the singer -- is called Ten because it arrives on the tenth anniversary of Susan Boyle's sudden transformation from unknown to international superstar thanks to her appearance on Britain's Got Talent. Ten chronicles her decade's worth of recordings, featuring four new songs along with 13 staples from her catalog. Most of her U.K. hits are here, all presented in chronological order: "Wild Horses," "I Dreamed a Dream," and "Perfect Day," with the Geraldine McQueen duet "I Know Him So Well" and seasonal "O Come, All Ye Faithful" (an electronic posthumous duet with Elvis Presley) both reasonably MIA. Of the four new songs, the Michael Ball duet "A Million Dreams" and stately reworking of the Proclaimers' "500 Miles (I'm Gonna Be)" are highlights, but the real noteworthy thing about Ten is how it illustrates that Susan Boyle has stayed firmly in her middlebrow wheelhouse for a good decade and shows no indication of switching it up any time soon.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
feat: Michael Ball