Charlotte Church

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 December, 1999, 12:00am

Charlotte Church - Charlotte Church (Sony) Last month I visited a former missionary school in the outback of West Australia. As we toured the chapel, a tape of angelic music played. Is that the pupils, one of the tourists asked? No, the guide said, 'It's Charlotte Church'.

When she was 12, Voice Of An Angel became a gold record in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Now the 13-year-old Welsh teenager's second CD comes self-titled and with advertising - in the form of Ford's Global Anthem Just Wave Hello. Will the anthem be a hit - as the ad, with its billion-strong audience, was? She has lost that charmingly nasal childish timbre, but her voice has retained its freshness.

The line-up of songs has too much that is predictable. Gershwin's Summertime should be low down and dirty, and perhaps she is still too young to understand the bitter sweetness of Plaisir d'amour. But her hymns and Men Of Harlech are stirring, and Faust's Jewel Song is a believable rendition of a girl's excitement at dressing like an adult for the first time. The cover write-up is saccharine ('the megawatt smile, the teddy bear, the irresistible crystalline voice - this is Charlotte Church. The angel.

The star') but there is a genuine sweetness to this CD.