Album: Charlotte Church, Back to Scratch (Dooby Records)

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With song titles like "Unravelling" and "The Story Of Us", it's tempting to read this as Church's divorce album, although a millionaire since her teens singing about "our couch we spent months trying to buy" counsels against seeking autobiography.

To the dismay of anyone who preferred her vomiting in a gutter, this is a mature album, its domestic dramas sharing a Carole King-like, jazz-folk-pop backing with Charl variously sombre and surreal: "I took the form of a spoon, and scooped out a piece of the moon..."