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Personnel includes: Charlotte Church (vocals); Sian Edwards, Ron Huff (conductor); John Parricelli, Bruce Gaitsch (acoustic guitar); Andy Findon (flute); Craig Nelson (bass); Mark Hammond (drums, programming); Frank Ricotti (percussion); Keith Thomas (programming); Philharmonia Orchestra.

Recorded at Lyndhurst Hall, Hampstead, London, England and O'Henry Sound Studios, Burbank, California. Includes liner notes by Charlotte Church.

In an era when most teen singers find fame by aiming squarely at the contemporary R&B/pop nexus a la Britney Spears, young vocal phenomenon Charlotte Church took an unusual path to success, moving between the worlds of classical music and old-school popular song stylings. ENCHANTMENT, Church's most pop-oriented release to date, focuses on the Great American Songbook, as the singer lends her voice to the compositions of greats like Hammerstein/Kern ("'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man") and Bernstein/Sondheim ("Tonight"). The young lady's angelic voice lends a lighter-than-air quality to these standards, and the lush orchestrations provide the sonic equivalent of fluffy pillows for the singer to lounge upon while she croons with seeming effortlessness. A syncopated run through "Habanera" serves to remind listeners of Church's operatic prowess, always lurking just around the corner, but ENCHANTMENT is first and foremost a pop record.


Q (12/01, p.129) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...An album dominated exclusively by full-throttle ballads, some classical, some Celtic, some from Broadway. The 15-year-old remains, of course, in illustrious voice..."


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