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Enchantment

Charlotte Church Audio CD
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1. Tonight
2. Carrickfergus
3. Habanera
4. Bali Ha'i
5. Papa Can You Hear Me?
6. The Flower Duet
7. The Little Horses
8. From My First Moment
9. The Water Is Wide
10. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
11. The Laughing Song
12. If I Loved You
13. A Bit Of Earth
14. Somewhere
15. The Prayer

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Of course, we couldn't expect time to freeze its relentless path and forever preserve the Welsh sensation Charlotte Church in a chrysalis of precocious youth. And yet, at 15 and now taking bolder steps into expanding her repertory on Enchantment, the soprano remains a marvel of a prodigy. Here, she scours a wider range of sources than on her previous albums. Church moves with breathtaking ease from classic Broadway (West Side Story, Show Boat, South Pacific) to traditional Celtic, film ballads, and even a couple of high-operatic numbers. Church's straightforward approach to the melody of "La Habanera" may not exactly be what Bizet had in mind for his Carmen, but fans will get double pleasure out of the singer's exquisite duet with herself on the haunting "Flower Duet" from Delibes's Lakmé. What's more, there's a greater freedom of expression and sense of how to shape a phrase in many of these tracks--notice how much there is to savor, for instance, in "The Water Is Wide" and "Carrickfergus." It all adds up to a widely varied course, demonstrating the continued growth of a singularly gifted young artist. --Sarah Chin

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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear dear me... June 29 2004
By Adele
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard Charlotte Church sing she was thirteen and singing "The Last Rose of Summer". I was in awe of her voice, and the fact that she had a voice like that at a young age. However I was a bit concerned about her vocal training. She had a very uneven vibrato, which created a wobble. I kept in mind that she was only thirteen so I let it slide. Almost a year later, "Enchantment" came out. I did notice that her pushing was gone, and I also noticed that much of her shimmer was gone, that sparkle and shine sensation that she gave pieces when she sang.
Not only that, but since when is "Mien Herr Marquis" (Adele's Laughing Song) or "Habanera" appropriate for a fifteen year old girl? Most twenty year olds don't even sing them! If I went into my vocal instructor's studio and asked her if we could sing "Adele's Laughing Song or Carmen's "Habanera" she would more than likely flip her lid, meaning either die of fright or shock, or just die from the thought of a fifteen year old girl (like myself) singing the arias.
Many things where wrong about how the arias where sung. First off, you don't take a classic french aria and make it into a 'ropera' (rock opera) song, and then try to pull of shaking your (...) on Jay Leno as dancing. It just does not work.
Secondly, if you are going to sing "Adele's Laughing Song" you should have technique, lightness, and good german, not half way decent english. Being on key also helps too. I mean, singing a C sharp when the note is a high D? If you can't sing the note then don't sing the aria. Its not rocket science, its simple vocal knowledge.
The only thing that Church sings in her repertoire for this disc that is even half suited to her voice is "Carrickfergus".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte Church Continues to Amaze Me Feb. 16 2004
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I understand that some have rated this CD rather poorly. And I understand the reasonings. However, I have to disagree. I was a voice major in college, and while I am not an absolute authority on vocal teachnique, I find Charlotte Church amazing. Certainly, she does not have the voice of one who is 25 or 30, but she sings far beyond her years. Her voice is right on pitch and absolutely flawless in its tone. Her voice has matured since her first recording, and I am confident that she will continue to do so. I did not sing some of these songs until I was in college, and I would not have attempted them as a teenager. While she could come back in ten years time and bring a depth to them that she does not have now, I am amazed at the voice she has now. And what's more, she is receiving classical training. This assures that she will be singing for her entire life. If only all children would see the benefits of this kind of training. I highly recommend this CD, and I love each song!
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Look, all you Metropolitan Opera wannabes, could any of you cut this material when you were fifteen? Did any of you have the natural God given voice this girl has had since she was twelve? To compare her performances with the the grand dames of opera, all of whom are at least thirty something and much older, is ridiculous and makes you all look like you're on a sour grape binge! Give credit where credit is due! This girl has set an extremely high standard for young teen female singers of today. Look what the likes of Beonce, Brittney, Ashanti, Christina, Kelly Clarkson and the rest of the hooker look-a-likes are recording. Unadulterated garbage, and none can sing a pure tone Charlotte is not a trained classical singer, but she should be. If she is to be faulted at all it would be due to her undisciplined life style and lack of consistent vocal training. If she continues to follow that path her career will end sooner than later. Her fan base is built on the classics, light opera, show tunes and Celtic folk songs. She should stick to that and forget trying to get in the music gutter with the rest of the hip hop, rap, R&B and pop crowd unless she wants to become a sad, pathetic example of womanhood like Madonna. If she continues to smoke it is all over. Look at what a lifetime of smoking did to the magnificent instrument that was Frank Sinatra's voice. Boozing, smoking and drinking began eroding his talents as far back as 1965. From then on it only got worse to where in the 70's and 80's he was yelling and shouting his lyrics rather than singing. For the time being Charlotte is on top and in command of her awesome talents. I only hope mangagement can control her. As for the ENCHANTMENT album it is a sheer joy to hear. My personal favorites are "Carrickfergus", the "Flower Duet" from Lakme, "The Prayer", "If I Loved You" and "The Laughing Song". Bravo!
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3.0 out of 5 stars She wishes... July 26 2003
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Ms. Church does not have the emotional or vocal range for a CD of this nature. It is bad enough to see her slaughter classical arias...but to hear her butchering my favorite musical theater songs is painful.
She has a beautiful voice, which got her the three stars I gave her. She's not trying to be Renee Fleming or Kiri Te Kanawa, for example, so I don't hold a grudge against her because she doesn't sound like them. I also like that she doesn't feel the need to show skin like Britney Spears of other pop idols. But hers is a voice that sounds the same on every single song. And, while there is a lovely selection of songs on this CD, many of them are totally wrong for her. As for the good songs, her voice was perfect for "The Flower Duet" from Lakme, for example, but Adele's Laughing Song is far out of her league technically. She does have those high notes, but she needs to refine them with her voice teacher. "Carrickfergus" and a few others were also well done.
However, what was Ms. Church thinking when she did "Habanera?" The arrangement is interesting and original, but her voice ruins the song. This aria was written for a mezzo, and the only sopranos who should sing it are the ones who have "darker" timbres, like Maria Callas. Ms. Church apparently belongs to that ever-so-annoying group of sopranos who believe that, if it's in their range, they should sing it, even if it was written for a different voice part. And "Tonight" and "Somewhere," both from "West Side Story," my second-favorite musical ever, don't work at all. While Charlotte's youthful-sounding voice is appropriate for Maria, it doesn't have any character or interest to it. "Tonight" is devoid of the rapture and urgency it needs, and Ms. Church's boring and right-off-the-page delivery robs "Somewhere" of its poignancy.
--Killashandra, soprano
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful
I love Charlotte Church. This Album just makes me love her even more. For someone of her age to be singing these songs as amazingly well as she does is phenomonal. Read more
Published on June 16 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent....
This was decent.. and from a regular 15 year old, it would be called fantastic. Unfortentaly, Mis. Church has set high standards for herself, a reason why this c.d. Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by Jennie
5.0 out of 5 stars I Didnt listen 2 the Album...
But she gets 5 stars for being so damn fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's like Lindsey Lohan without the annoying "acting career" to get in the way. GO CHARLOTTE!!!!!!!!!!!
Published on April 5 2004 by ToxicTearyEyes
2.0 out of 5 stars Ick
Charlotte Church has neither the voice nor the depth needed for much of this material. She has no buisness trying to sing opera at age 15-- not only does it sound unpleasant,... Read more
Published on March 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
i love this cd- in fact, i love it more every time i listen to it. i find charlotte to be a wonderful artist, and i love the fact that she actually does a different album every... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchantment indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From the musical west side story comes tonight...her first song.
The ending strain "tonaaiiight" is brilliant! Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by "sairamnagarajan"
2.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte's Worst
I have all of Charlotte's c.d.s and this is the worst one she produced...
Don't get me wrong Charlotte is still the little girl with the BIG voice but the material she sings... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Kimberly M.
2.0 out of 5 stars Delightful voice but...
Unquestionably Charlotte Church has a phenomenal voice for her age, however, she is a bit out of her league with many of the selections here. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Delightful voice but...
Unquestionably Charlotte Church has a phenomenal voice for her age, however, she is a bit out of her league with many of the selections here. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
This album is as close to perfection as is humanly possible.
No exageration.
Not kidding.
Published on Nov. 15 2003 by Llywelyn Fawr
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