Tissues and Issuesby Charlotte Church
Whatever happened to the little girl with the voice of an angel? Well, Charlotte Church, like everyone else, grew up and decided to move from her comfort zone of angelic soprano albums in the supposed classical area (although her product had always been aimed at the pop charts), leaving behind Voice of an Angel, Charlotte Church, and Dream a Dream and entering a crowded female pop field already inhabited by the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Girls Aloud. The first two tracks, the disco-funk-oriented "Call My Name" and "Crazy Chick," both became Top Ten singles, with the Boy George-composed ballad "Even God Can't Change the Past" and "Moodswings" not far behind. She even tried her hand at songwriting, albeit with proven successful writers as collaborators: Guy Chambers, who had worked extensively with Robbie Williams, on the pumping disco track "Let's Be Alone," the Spanish-style ethereal ballad "Casualty of Love" (on which she got an opportunity to show that her soprano voice is still intact), and the final track, "Confessional Song"; Rob Davis on the aptly titled "Easy to Forget" (which unfortunately is not a patch on another of his songs); Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head"; and Gary Barlow on the midtempo "Easy Way Out." She sang "Don't you judge me as I leave it all behind, I was the victim" on the track "Fool No More," and one wonders if that was Church's attempt to explain the complete change of musical direction. As a little girl, she had no choice about the type of material she recorded, but here she grabbed the adult mantle with both hands, and smooth pop-soul would be the future for a singer who was not such a little girl any more.
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- Sony/Bmg Int'l
Performance CreditsCharlotte Church Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Adrian Smith Viola
Tracie Ackerman Background Vocals
John Beck fender rhodes
Guy Chambers Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Pete Davis Drums,Keyboards
Martin Ditcham Percussion
Lucy Wilkins Violin,Soloist
Gavyn Wright Lead
Simon Hale Piano,Conductor
Jesse Cook spanish guitar
Peter Lindgard Trumpet
Dave McCracken Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Graham Stack Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Tore Johansson Bass,Guitar
Sven Andersson Saxophone
Rasmus Kihlberg Drums
Jens Lindgard Guitar,Trombone
Wayne Hector Background Vocals
Yvonne John Lewis Background Vocals
Filip Runesson Strings
Eg White Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Mark Read Piano,Keyboards
Frances Dewar Violin
David Hodges Piano
Chris Fish Cello
Rory Faciane Drums
Steve Chrisanthou Guitar
Martin Gjerstad Keyboards
Matt Furmidge Guitar
Wil Malone Conductor
Technical CreditsJohn Beck Composer
Guy Chambers Composer,Producer
Marcella Detroit Composer
Steve Fitzmaurice Producer
Eliot Kennedy Composer
Rick Nowels Composer
Colin Peter Engineer
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
Fitzgerald Scott Composer,Producer
John Themis Composer
Simon Hale String Arrangements
Graham Stack Composer,Programming,Producer
Sarah Buras Composer
Tore Johansson Producer
Charlotte Church Composer
Richard Flack Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Wayne Hector Composer
Eg White Composer,Producer
Gary Miller Programming
David Carlsson Engineer
Steve Chrisanthou Composer,Programming,Producer
Martin Gjerstad String Arrangements
Wil Malone String Arrangements
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This CD is bad, even for a pop CD! Charlotte Church needs to come to her senses and go back to square one. She sounds like she doesn't even have a hint of talent in these songs. She sounds like a generic pop singer without even very interesting songs (as pop songs go.) Her previous CDs were outstanding...but this one really is as awful as her others were good.
This is all wrong. Some of the songs would be ok if she was to mix some of her old with the new. Sarah Brightman did this and it sounds great. I think Charlotte should go into a pop-opera genre and incorporate both her old and new sounds. This was too shocking to her old fans, she should have mixed it up.
I mean really... Why did she have to go and make a pop album? Honestly, she sounds just like Hilary Duff and Lindsey Lohan, two girls who could not sing if their lives depended on it. I do like some of the songs, but I miss the unique sound of Charlotte. Now, she is like every other girl trying to be understood, writing songs about break-ups and heart-aches. Please, Charlotte! Come to your senses!
I hate to trap anyone in a box, but this collection doesn't begin to portray a talented artist. If, as some of us think, Sarah Brightman "blew it" with her frivolous, lala pop songs, Ms. Church has commited an even graver offense. One can only hope that she'll get the teenage hormones out of her voice and song selection and move to something that better conveys her extraordinary vocal gifts.
I enjoyed this C.D. from beginning to end. Charlotte Church has the ability to sing an array of song types and puts her personal stamp on them all. I only wished it had been longer. Her voice continues to become richer and she sings these heartfelt 'break-up' songs like you know she's been there.
I think that this cd is GREAT because it is so different compared to the rest of her work. It shows she has talent because she is being brave and trying something new and you can also tell that her voice is not a studio voice so for all you out that that disagree with this comment because you think it was a bad move for her I say right on charlotte you got my vote i love your opera and I love your "pop"!!! Call my name is AMAZING and I cant get enough of it !
When I first listened to this, I told the B&N clerk this is not Charlotte Church. I listened some more & began to like it. One must realize she is not 12 anymore. She is grown up. I love her voice even if she is doing Pop. Her first 5 CD's will always be with us. This CD is Very Good also--Just Different.
I have always enjoyed her music. When I first listened to some of the songs, I was shocked and didn't believe it was Charlotte Church, but I love how she switched from the opera genre to pop. I will continue to be a fan of hers.
I may be just a little bit in love with Charlotte. I enjoyed even this opportunity to spend time listening to her voice. But it was sad. She can do (and has done) so much better! This tripe could have been done by anyone at all. Charlotte is wasting her time on it. Oh she does it great - but its not right. Like your most brilliant friend just announced he has taken a job with the public sanitation department - it hurts to see valuable resources wasted. Like using your Lambourghini to deliver mail. I hope she grows up soon. I'd trade 1000 vibratto-warbler prima donnas for 1 Charlotte Church. I want to hear her fabulous voice caressing my ear - bringing the best music to me in the best way again. I mean it - Kathleen Battle would PROBABLY be OK if she would stop wiggling. Charlotte has it hands down with the pure tones and just that slight air to make he so human I just want to kiss her.
Charlotte Church had such gifted voice in her opera albums. It's very sad to see such a complete waste of talent here.
On this cd of charlotte will this is just not like her being like this because she's better off on into singing classical opera music, and I do think that she needed to straiten herself up but really she got to be singing better than this being all wild rock 'n' roll trouble maker, and that is just not like her at all.