Picks and Pans Review: Voice of An Angel

updated 04/30/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/30/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

My Life (So Far)
by Charlotte Church

Your celebrity radar would miss her on a crowded street, but if you heard her sing, you'd stop and gawp. Meet Charlotte Church, an ordinary girl with an otherworldly voice. She has sung for such leaders of the free world as the Pope, former President Clinton and Rosie O'Donnell, and, at 13, she became the youngest artist ever to make Billboard's Top 30. That first album, Voice of an Angel, went double platinum.

Chronicling her rise from bubbly Welsh schoolgirl to superstar, Church amiably demonstrates that she is devoted to her art and her family, not to mention her cuddly toys and shopping. In her discussions of the mechanics of singing, she has a viewpoint as fresh as her instrument. But though Voice of an Angel may-inspire teens, for adult readers it often dissolves into chatter—breathless descriptions of Church's bedroom and verbatim renditions of notes from pals. Church's singing gifts are wonderfully appealing in part because she seems otherwise so ordinary; her book proves it's no act. This is not the voice that made her famous. (Warner, $22.95)

Bottom Line: This Angel warbles better than she writes

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