10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Charlotte Church heads in a more alternative direction on the emotionally charged One & Two. A compilation of two recent EPs, the album is a striking personal statement by an artist trying to move beyond her phenomenal early success. The angelic arias that Church favored as a preteen prodigy have been replaced by self-composed material filled with volatile imagery and swooping melodic lines. One & Two heightens her songs' drama, with goth-tinged arrangements fleshed out by throbbing synths, astringent guitars, and rumbling drums. Church’s extraordinary vocal range and control are evident here, along with a desire to transcend the restraints of her classical training. Tracks like “The Rise," “Beautiful Wreck,” and “Say It’s True” combine the vocal audacity of Kate Bush and Björk with the theatrical grandeur of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The dissonant desperation of “Glitterbombed” contrasts with the tweaked gentility of “The Mistress” and the eerie alienation of “How Not to Be Surprised When You’re a Ghost.” With this album, Church has traded her angel’s halo for something far more visceral and compelling.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Charlotte Church heads in a more alternative direction on the emotionally charged One & Two. A compilation of two recent EPs, the album is a striking personal statement by an artist trying to move beyond her phenomenal early success. The angelic arias that Church favored as a preteen prodigy have been replaced by self-composed material filled with volatile imagery and swooping melodic lines. One & Two heightens her songs' drama, with goth-tinged arrangements fleshed out by throbbing synths, astringent guitars, and rumbling drums. Church’s extraordinary vocal range and control are evident here, along with a desire to transcend the restraints of her classical training. Tracks like “The Rise," “Beautiful Wreck,” and “Say It’s True” combine the vocal audacity of Kate Bush and Björk with the theatrical grandeur of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The dissonant desperation of “Glitterbombed” contrasts with the tweaked gentility of “The Mistress” and the eerie alienation of “How Not to Be Surprised When You’re a Ghost.” With this album, Church has traded her angel’s halo for something far more visceral and compelling.

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About Charlotte Church

Welsh soprano Charlotte Church became an overnight classical superstar in November 1998 with the release of her debut album, Voice of an Angel, issued when she was just 12 years old. Born in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, she began performing in public at age three, and soon began making television appearances, followed by live dates at prestigious venues including the London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall. Upon signing to Sony Classical, she released Voice of an Angel to considerable media attention; a self-titled effort followed in 1999. Both albums went platinum in the U.S. after reaching the Top Ten in the U.K. Dream a Dream, a Christmas album, released in 2000, hit the Top Ten and went platinum in the U.S. Her fourth release, 2001's Enchantment, included Broadway and jazz. She also appeared in the film A Beautiful Mind.

After a best-of compilation released in 2005 (Prelude), Church recorded her first pop album, 2006's dance- and R&B-oriented Tissues and Issues, in a bid to fully crossover as pop singer. She also debuted a variety show on Great Britain's Channel 4 (The Charlotte Church Show). Church's sixth studio effort and second full-length pop album, Back to Scratch, was released in October of 2010. Two years later, she released One, the first in a series of EPs. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    February 21, 1986

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