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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
Aside from the crass commercialism attending the "Just Wave Hello" millennium pseudo-anthem, Charlotte Church's newest work is a lovely and luminous CD laced with glimpses of what will someday be an impossibly beautiful soprano voice. Setting aside, as well, her "still-maturing" technique, one is struck by the sheer brilliance of her basic sound. In...
Published on 12 Nov 1999

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing , commerical lollipops
What a sore disappointment. This is an album of lollipops, cheap and commercial, which may appeal to the plebs but not to any serious audience. "Just Wave Hello" is a trite little number and Charlotte's talent is thoroughly wasted. If the song was sung by Jane Smith from Waterford no more would have to be said. Why steer a talent in such a commercial and...
Published on 19 Dec 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 12 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Charlotte Church (Audio CD)
Aside from the crass commercialism attending the "Just Wave Hello" millennium pseudo-anthem, Charlotte Church's newest work is a lovely and luminous CD laced with glimpses of what will someday be an impossibly beautiful soprano voice. Setting aside, as well, her "still-maturing" technique, one is struck by the sheer brilliance of her basic sound. In "Songs My Mother Taught Me" I defy anyone to find a prettier voice or a more heartfelt passion. Her "La Pastorella" is both playful and powerful. "Jewel Song" is astonishing for anyone under 25 to get even half-way right, yet Charlotte, at 13, hits it very close. There is, however, one very loud mistake on this CD: the Puccini aria is patently premature; an embarrassment. Her handlers should have given her a few more years for that one. Gaffes aside, a glorious album to enjoy and share.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will grow on you, 10 Dec 1999
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This review is from: Charlotte Church (Audio CD)
I don't recommend this for musicologists, opera buffs, fine arts critics, etc.; their tastes will be offended by the freshness and naivete of this lovely little singer. If you're open to a voice that sounds like a Stradivarius on its way to being played well, then give it a listen. She does full justice (in her own little way) to "O mio babbino caro." You'll be surprised when you hear it. "Jerusalem" is uncannily pretty. Her "Men of Harlech" is on the edge of overpowering. She's come a long way since last year's "Ave Maria" and "Pie Jesu" which were the highpoints of "Voice of an Angel."
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing , commerical lollipops, 19 Dec 1999
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This review is from: Charlotte Church (Audio CD)
What a sore disappointment. This is an album of lollipops, cheap and commercial, which may appeal to the plebs but not to any serious audience. "Just Wave Hello" is a trite little number and Charlotte's talent is thoroughly wasted. If the song was sung by Jane Smith from Waterford no more would have to be said. Why steer a talent in such a commercial and banal direction. The talent that shone through in her rendering of Pie Jesu is never repeated here. Her renderings of Italian operatic arias show she has a long way to go before continental artistic intuition sets in. So what does the English musical establishment (which has produced so few soprano successes) want of her? A singer or an artist? Where does Charlotte want to end up, on Broadway or at the Met? Will her next album be "Famous Welsh Rugby Songs" or Strauss' Four Last Songs?
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new confidence developing, 11 Oct 2000
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This review is from: Charlotte Church (Audio CD)
A hear a new confidence developing in this album. There is something of the popular in "Just Wave Hello" and for the Classical fan in the Italian and french and for the folkie soul too. All sung with a brightness and confidence engendered, no doubt, from the success of the"Voice of an Angel" album.
Some say that Charlottes voice is not as good as some youngsters of her age. This may be true. But, it takes a very special person and talent to stand in front of T.V. cameras and produce the goods in a live auditorium and record in front of a male voice choir and full orchestra. Your family must be oozing with pride for you Charlotte.
But where does she go from here? After her new album "Dream A Dream out in October 2000, with a selection of Christmas songs, where does this young talent go? Are we to have more albums exploring poular classics are are we to get some depth. I see the difficulty in that Charlotte has almost had her career too early and she may be too young for Stage opera and must stay in the `popular appeal` arena for some time. Personally, if she continues to produce good quality music, as she is doing, I shall continue to buy her CD`s and I will watch her career with great interest - A star in the making - if she has the inclination to continue and the dedication to improve. Keep it up Charlotte we are right behind you.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Second Album, 12 Jan 2000
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This review is from: Charlotte Church (Audio CD)
Perhaps the biggest new musical success of 1999, Charlotte Church follows her platinum-selling "Voice Of An Angel" with an even better second album. Still the playful child on "La pastorella" and giddy girl with "Voi che sapete", but increasingly mature with "O mio babbino caro" and "Lascia ch'io pianga", the world's most famous 13-year-old shines throughout. One particular highlight is "Men of Harlech", which she begins slowly as a Welsh ballad but ends with sheer, raw vocal power. Her critics, those musical puritans who prefer a slavish adherence to 'technical correctness', just don't get it. Charlotte Church isn't an opera singer - not yet, anyway - nor has she ever claimed to be one. She is an extraordinary talent who performs a mixed bag of folk songs, hymns, and of course some arias, although without all the usual elitist trappings. What we have is a young artist at a very early stage in her career. And, as she grows and improves, we can grow in our appreciation of her and her music. If you get the chance to see her in concert, by all means do so...just leave the tuxedo at home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte Church, THE voice for '2001, 21 Mar 2001
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Mr. Kevin Gallagher (Wadebridge, Cornwall United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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If "Classical" fans are withering of this talent, then their comments are worthless!-Considering their fawning grovelling remarks over such awful SCREECHING HARPIES as Callas' endless grating and mundane Arpeggios. At least Charlotte can sing! I shall remain a devoted fan
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4.0 out of 5 stars A vast improvement on her first album, 6 Jan 2000
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This review is from: Charlotte Church (Audio CD)
This album shows that Charlottes voice has matured since recording her first album, "Voice of an Angel". Her vocal range and power, is, in my opinion, at it's best when she sings 'La Pastorella'.
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