Influenced by soothing lullabies and childrens melodies, Celine Dions Miracle
includes such classics as "What A Wonderful World" and Brahms' "Lullaby".
In collaborating on Miracle
, Celine Dion
and her partner in baby love Anne Geddes carefully sidestepped the L-word--a smart move, considering that the songs captured here, despite their electric-blanket warmth, aren't always lullaby-like in their delivery. Though the collaboration is about babies--the sleeve notes to this CD provide a sneak peek at Geddes' visual wizardry available in both the expanded box set and book--Miracle
is not necessarily for them. Which works out great for Celine fans who have made contact with their maternal sides. More than anything, the disc plays as a valentine to new mothers: "Le Loup, La Biche et le Chevalier (Une Chanson Douce)", "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", and John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" get the trademark melt-away vocal treatment, causing the need to keep a box of tissues at the ready. While tenderness flows from each track as consistently as formula from a baby bottle, though, the chanteuse doesn't shy away from the passion and note-pounding that is also her trademarks. Thus, the miracle of Miracle
lies not in its ability to soothe the tiny creatures it swollen-heartedly celebrates, but in its ability to set the sentiments of listeners who love them to song. --Tammy La Gorce