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Back to Scratch Import

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2010 album from the Welsh Classical/Pop crossover vocalist. Produced by Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbeck, the fourteen track collection is multi-textured Pop dynamite, showcasing Charlotte's incredible range as well as her knack for informing each and every song she sings with unabashed emotion. Her second pop album, Back To Scratch, shows off a mature, refined side to Charlotte, with a sophisticated pop sound that will doubtless win her legions of new converts as well as satisfying her loyal fan-base. Partly written in Nashville with Luke Laird and Patrick Davis, she also worked with local Welsh artists The Druids and Jonathan Powell on the album. EMI. 2010.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Back to Scratch
  2. We Were Young
  3. Ruby
  4. Unravelling
  5. Logical World
  6. Suitcase
  7. The Actors
  8. The Story of Us
  9. Don't Think About It
  10. Cup of the Sun
  11. Snow
  12. Lovedrunk
  13. Honestly


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B0040JHF32
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I like this album. Though it has been marketed as pop, I would classify it more as folk or country. The lyrics and melodies have an almost Carole King sound with a very noticeable Nashville twang, quite different from her other music. I'm no fan of country-western, but she pulls it off.

I would list two major strengths for it:

* It is realistic and relatable. I can identify with music by, say, Regina Spektre, and I feel that here.
* The overall composition is agreeable and comfy. From the musical style, to the subject matter, to the album art, it's nice. No trying too hard, no cheap attempts at being edgy, no embarrassing overachiever pieces that don't quite work out. Not trying to be unkind, Charlotte, but some of those earlier works were badly weakened by these elements; and they are happily absent from Back to Scratch.

In my opinion, there is one major weakness in this album:

* It isn't very commercial. "Logical World" has a Selena Gomez kinda flair, with a funky accompanying video, but there's really no ear-catching single that I could imagine showing up on the radio everywhere. That's not much of a weakness if you're a fan, but it won't push the album.

About the tracks:

The songwriting is strong, with the exception of "Honestly" which was apparently intended to sound confessional-ish/vulnerable/heartfelt, but really bears the lack of self-awareness of her teen music. With that exception, I felt the pieces were generally listenable and intelligent. "Ruby" and "Cup of the Sun" are probably my favorites. I love the crackling, old phonograph record sound in Ruby and the lightness of Cup of the Sun. "The Story of Us" would have made the top of my list, but for the arrangement.
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Charlotte Church is back! And there is good news and bad news for her fans.

The bad news (for her Classical fans): This is not a classical album.

The good news: This is a much better album than "Tissues and Issues."

Admittedly, after the disappointment of "Tissues and Issues," I was a little averse to buying anything else of Charlotte Church's. But when I heard the track, "Snow" on her website - as well as snippets of her other tracks on Amazon - I decided to give her another chance.

"Back to Scratch" was a much more satisfying album to me overall. Instead of relying on the generic pop songs, techno beats and belt-out-loud power vocals, this album has a softer, more subdued feel to it with greater use of guitar and other acoustic instruments. In short, she has traded her inner Christina Aguilera for her inner Eva Cassidy.

While there are some songs that are more pop-oriented (such as the title song and "Logical World"), there are some wonderful, softer tracks, such as "We Were Young," "Honestly" and "Ruby" (although why they had to include the vinyl-sounding "pops" in the background on "Ruby" is beyond me!). "Snow," in which she was accompanied by an acoustic guitar and string quartet, is just beautiful and my favorite song on the album. Her voice in general has a softer, more smoky, tone to it, and her diction has improved greatly. Her lyric writing has also matured from the teen fluff of "Tissues and Issues" to a sadder-but-wiser tone penned by a woman of experience.

I only have a few (minor) complaints. One is with the artwork on the cover and in the album booklet itself. Charlotte's eye makeup is rather creepy-looking - at least to me - and detracts from her natural beauty.
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This recording was far better than her last one. The last one seemed forced and too commercially focused. This new one seems to return to her roots, yet has a newer sound. I truly enjoy listening to this CD.
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As an American fan of Charlotte Church's youthful work, I wondered what had become of her. In the US, she seemed to disappear after Prelude. I have recently learned that her life was quite prominent in the UK but we in the US completely missed it.

Recently I received an email that contained the song from this CD, We Were Young, and I was again completely transfixed, this time not only by her lovely voice but the moving emotions in the lyric. I knew what she was singing about and it resonated in my own life. I ordered this record and was surprised to realize that it was shipped to me from Scotland. No US copies available.

Anyone with foresight could see by the time she was 13, that classical music was not going to hold Charlotte Church's talent forever. I did not anticipate the depth and power her lyrics would contain however. She's a great songwriter. I suppose when you live a very unusual life, have a great talent at a very early age, a number of things happen to you mentally and emotionally that can either empower you or destroy you. Charlotte Church has passed through the crucible of the alchemist. She has been heated and cooled relentlessly. What was once high polished brass is emerging as refined gold of the highest quality.

No longer content to sings songs hundreds of years old, she is singing her own songs harvested from her own life and they strike this listener and fan like a body blow by a champion, which, I admit, she is. Her final song on the CD, and only cover, is Joni Mitchell's River and it is the ideal period for the sentence that begins with Ms. Church's own song, Honestly.

I haven't stopped listening to this record since I received it.
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