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Album Review

"It's true that, because of my age, I don't have the life experience to sing about things like love and death," admits 15-year-old Charlotte Church in the press biography accompanying review copies of her fourth album, Enchantment. "But, as I get older, I find I can be a bit more of a narrator, telling the story and conveying the emotion of a song." Church is referring specifically to her transition to being more of a pop singer and less of a classical one on Enchantment, her first album to be released by the Columbia Records imprint of Sony Music rather than through Sony Classical. There are still some classical selections, notably a version of "Habañera" from Bizet's Carmen, but there are also plenty of show tunes, and, as Church acknowledges, such material often requires more of an emotional involvement, one she is not yet capable of conveying. Juliet, the Shakespearean character who formed the basis of Maria in the musical West Side Story, was only 14, but the emotions expressed in "Tonight" and "Somewhere," both included here, are very much about love and death, and they call for more than narration. And that's just as true of the Celtic traditional song "Carrickfergus," which laments a lover's inability to be united with her true love (the same subject as the traditional song "The Water Is Wide," which is also here). Her tone is lovely, and she is even more impassioned on "Papa Can You Hear Me?" from the movie Yentl and "A Bit of Earth" from the musical A Secret Garden.

Customer Reviews

Finally!

Finally, iTunes has gained the rights to put up the entire "Enchantment" album. "Enchantment" is a wonderful selection of classics, but not necessarily vocal classics. Church's soaring vocals add new light to songs such as "Gymnopedie for Piano No. 1" by Satie, and "Carrickfergus." Her duet with Josh Groban on the last track "The Prayer," rivals that of Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. Other noteable tracks include "Habanera," from Carmen, "Bali Ha'i," from South Pacific, and "Can't Help Lovin' dat Man," from Show Boat. Definitely worth the money. I cannot wait for the US release of Charlotte's new and improved style!

Charlotte Church: Enchantment

I have bought this CD in passing. And yet, after listening to it, I thought. If this CD album will not moved your soul, you're surely a dead being. Her voice and melody cuts deep in you. I won't have second thoughts to recommend it to my friends. She is surely a superb suprano and I loved her singing style. I hope she will make more albums in the future. Thanks, again. ac3468

its a good one!

she did amazing in the laughing song. please if you can do better..call me. that would widely entertain me. crazy ppl can't appreciate differance. and being a smoker at that time..i would have to say she did a pretty darn good job =] i love how she put it to contemporary style yet with a little classical crossover to it. the water is wide is beautiful. get it. yet the carrickfergus sound out of place at the last minute...the album seemed more contemporay and somewhat personal, less strict. i like it!

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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