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Enchantment
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on August 9, 2015
Couple of outstanding numbers that blew my socks off, including the Laughing song, and what I call the Australian airline song.
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on November 2, 2014
Great artist great singing nothing more to be said.
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on June 29, 2004
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". That song requires a Enya-like voice, something a bit on the thin (no offense) side, with a more pop tone.
By now, you are more than likely asking "if this person does not like Charlotte then why is she buying this CD?" Well, it is because of the Target version. I heard Kathleen Battle sing Massenet's "Elegie" and really loved the song and wanted to sing it for a competition, and looked for a recording of it but the only one that I could come across was Church's. I did not really want to buy the CD except maybe so I could sing my own rendition of 'Adele's Laughing Song' (my name is Adele) from hearing her rendition of the aria. I must admit I had quite a laughing fit! Church's rendition of "Elegie" was, well, to put it nicely, not all that great. The last note was pretty good, but other than that, Church pushed out F naturals and Gbs, and those notes are not that high, they are only middle voice!
There are more pieces on here then arias, there are also Broadway tunes, such as "A Bit of Earth." This song was sung with very thin tone, no phrasing, no any thing. Just a raspy voice, extremely breathy on every single note.
Finally, I must say that this CD is for die hard fans only. If you are looking to be amazed then buy Renée Fleming's new "Bel Canto" CD instead. If you are looking for an average okay CD, then buy Roberto Alagna's "Popular Tenor Arias" CD. If you want an average, not so great CD, then go for this CD. Or, buy this if you want to see what level a beginning vocal student should be singing at. This CD is okay for a choir audition demo for average-okay freshmen in high school, but not to put out on sale.
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on June 16, 2004
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. Also, her first album was released when she was 12! How many other singers out there can actually release an album at age 12 and have it reach double platinum in about one month? Charlotte Church did, nobody else.
This album has some incredible songs on it with simply amazing orchestral accompaniments. It isn't like those crossover artists like Sara Brightman that are just annoying. Charlotte Church is one of the best singers I have ever heard. Yeah, she isn't as big as Celine Dion or Whitney Houston, but her voice is above and beyond any of those big names. Incredible!
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on May 15, 2004
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.'s a bit of a dissapointment. True, "The Water is Wide" "Carrifurgus", "A Bit of Earth", and "The Prayer" were all lovely, as well as other of her songs, though her range is slowly dimishing at the point when she's trying to show it off. Notes that she was able to hit easily before, are sounding now as if she is shreaking... "Can't Help Loving that Man" was a unqualifed diaster... her voice is to high and fairy like for it. Nice try, but she should stick with folk songs, and church songs, I mean, her first c.d. brought tears to my eyes, at this one I was finding myself groaning... she's still lovely though, in both voice and apperience, but she has to be careful what she sings... I think the reason this c.d. was such a big flob was because she's overtasking herself.
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on April 5, 2004
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!!!!!!!!!!!
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on March 17, 2004
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, she's going to ruin her voice.
Oh, BTW, for the definitive version of "Can't help Lovin' Dat Man," check out Ella Fitzgerald's version on her "Jerome Kern Songbook." FItzgerald had no vocal training at any point during her life, but her voice is superior to almost anyone else's-- many opera singers have admired her perfect pitch and intonation (something that CC certainly does not have. ;-))
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on February 24, 2004
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 time and doesn't just record the same stuff over like a lot of artists do. for her age, she's phenomenal, and i look forward to seeing where she is in 5-10 years. the other interesting thing i have noted is my 18-month-old loves her music; i think the fact that charlotte does have a younger sounding voice really appeals to my daughter, because she has loves her cd's since she was a very tiny infant. so all you parents out there- if you are looking for a good way to expose your kids to some wonderful music that's wholesome, full of great arrangements and instruments and isn't cheesy, try her cd's. it may or may not work for you but it did for us!
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on February 16, 2004
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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on February 8, 2004
From the musical west side story comes tonight...her first song.
The ending strain "tonaaiiight" is brilliant! The way charlotte enunciates her words in carrickfergus, the little horses and the water is wide is very emotional. Her voice obviously has matured.Her gypsy version of Habañera is very straightforward.
Now comes the best yet..The FLOWER DUET. This is the best song on the album.. the way she flows seamlessly to give a delightful,delectable,ubiquitous duet...The laughing song is beautifully done. A bit of earth if also good.
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