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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 The angelic arias that Church favored as a preteen prodigy have been replaced by self-composed material filled with volatile imagery and swooping melodic lines.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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The return of one of the greatest voices.

Charlotte's new sound is experimental, deep, but catchy. She showcases her voice beautifully, while experimenting with different, vivid sounds that you don't find in most other artists music right now. It's not music made for the sake of acquiring her next big radio hit but more like creating music that both entertains and appeals to peoples deeper conscience. In an era where independent artists are beginning to reign supreme, she shows an uncanny ability to evolve with the times as an artist, as well as a singer and song writer. This new effort is a far cry from her mainstream pop album Tissues & Issues which garnered her a bucket full of hit singles, album sales, and attention. And again, a far cry from her extremely stripped down follow up album "Back To Scratch". One & Two falls somewhere in a vein between the two, off to the side, and then up a little. It's different, but it should appeal to music snobs, and mainstream music lovers at the same time. Personally, I find myself obsessed with "The Mistress". It's strange, and a little creepy. My only complaints with that track is that it's too short and I would actually kind of like to hear the vocal without the vocoder. I get why it's short, and I think I understand why she opted to use the vocoder, because I suppose it's supposed to sort of be like the conscience of the mistress, and said mistresses logic etc...Much like the Nerve song is supposed to be that afterthought or moment right when a conflict or some sort of trauma ends. Now I'm just rambling, just buy the album, or the two EP's and enjoy. I'm sure you'll love it!

Bias

I find myself wondering how I'd feel about her new work if I hadn't been such a fan of her older, more classical repertoire. I do like her newest album, but I think that if I didn't know who I was listening to, I'd love it...

How Not To Be Surprised When You're A Ghost

Favorite, deep I had to listen to it a few times to understand the meaning behind it, but now I can't stop, that and Casualty of Love is really good too. Also, Casualty of Love sounds like Last Nite by Elliot Goldenthal, but with words, really provactive. Love the cover too!

Biography

Born: February 21, 1986 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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;...
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