First of all, I must say that Charlotte has one of the most gorgeous and soothing voices in the world. Like one of her albums says, "Voice of an Angel" that is exactly what her voice is.
It shocks me to read the big critics people have to say about Charlotte. I agree that each mind is a different world and that it is impossible to keep everyone content. I think that if someone demands much more from a person, the demanding individual must be able to perform at such expectations. It seems to me that Charlotte performs from her heart and soul for the people that listen to her. Despite what other individuals may say about her voice, I am a sincere and persistant follower of Charlotte. She may be an idol for many, just like other people follow other musicians and have respect for them, I have my own respect for Charlotte and the way she performs. Indeed, her voice is still developing and it will take another shape from within her start. But, thanks to that first impression she made on many, people will not forget how she began and follow her throughout her change.
"Prelude" refers to the best of Charlotte Church up till now, not that it will be the last of her best. This album is very enjoyable to the contemporary/classical music listeners.
Last, Charlotte, smoking is not a very wise choice a singer can make. Slowly, but surely, it will ruin a voice and bring it to a lower level of professionalism. Not only your voice is at risk, but also your own health. We want you among us for a long long time from now.
P.S. I myself have high goals to become the next "Placido Domingo" and am looking forward to bring you some competition. *Smiles*