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Taking Chances

Céline Dion Audio CD
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From humble beginnings in a rural French Canadian home town, Celine Dion has risen to international superstardom like a shooting star. The premier contemporary pop vocalist of the 1990's, Celine was presented the World Music Award for the Best-selling Female Pop Artist of All Time in 2004. Over the course of her career, she has earned music industry accolades from around the world: Grammy ... Read more in Amazon's Céline Dion Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • ASIN: B000VI5CF4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen11. Can't Fight The Feelin' 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Got Nothin' Left 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

She gets a rough ride, does old Celine. Mention her name to most people and they'll make some rude comment about her appearance or curl up their lip in disgust at the thought of her music. Yet the fact that Taking Chances is her 34th album speaks for itself. You can knock her as much as you like, but you can't keep her down.

That's partially because she's had the good sense to base herself in Vegas for three years, where they don't care about fashions or trends, just about success and the ability to put on a sumptuous and over-the-top show! and no-one can deny such things of Celine.

Singers need more than the spotlight though, and even ones who have sold over 200 million albums still want to feel like they have something to offer. So she's left the lights of Vegas behind, stepped back into the real world and in fairness to her, brought along a clutch of songs that actually may change a few people's opinion.

In the UK, she's still best known for her mid-90s power ballads, for moments like "Think Twice" and the interminable "My Heart Will Go On", and while she's hardly jumped ship and sailed off into weird waters, she has pulled her neck in a bit and sprinkled more subtlety into her songs.

That may be down to her choice of collaborators. Amongst the list of luminaries who twiddle a knob, knock out a lyric or strum a guitar for her are the all-conquering Timbaland, king of R'n'B balladry R Kelly, ex-Evanescence axe wielder Ben Moody, Christina Aguilera and Pink co-writer Linda Perry! and the always entertaining Dave Stewart, whose influence stretches so far that there's even a lyrical snip of The Eurythemics' "Here Comes The Rain Again" woven into the title track.

The highlights are two very different songs. In the power ballad corner, she shows off her larynx with a belting take on Heart's endless queen of soft rock, "Alone". Up against it for the title is the more contemporary "Shadow Of Love", a song with enough disco and fun for Kylie to sing it.

Taking Chances doesn't quite do what the title suggests, but it does push Celine Dion to the edge of her comfort zone and show an artist who not only wants to remain relevant but is prepared to work hard to stay that way. --Chris Long

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Lola
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although I am an English speaker, I have always preferred Celine's French albums and singing, I feel they hold an added passion - possibly as French is her mothertongue. I was a little apprehensive when I first listened to this CD.

It's the first full studio English language album from Celine since 'Miracle' and I absolutely love it! Celine's voice remains exquisite. For some, Celine seems to induce the Marmite effect, but whatever your opinion, this album contains songs that show the versatility of her voice and is most definitely worth a listen!

There are some ballad tracks such as 'A Song for You' but also others which may be a surprise to those who expect more of a 'My Heart Will Go On'! 'Eyes on Me' could almost fall into the R&B genre and 'That's Just the Woman in Me' oozes soul. My personal favourite is 'New Dawn', which I would describe as mixture of gospel, soul and pop. My least favourite song is 'Alone'; a cover of the Heart hit from the 1980's. Although Celine sings it superbly, it's production is not exceptional and I expected more as it was produced by members of Evanescence.

Unfortunately and disappointingly, none of the UK versions of this album include the bonus tracks available on the Japanese version: 'Map to My Heart' and 'The Reason I Go On'.

This version of the album comes with a DVD giving a preview of the 'A New Day' DVD that will be released in December. The DVD is very short and is basically a promo item. NB - the Amazon description of the DVD is mis-leading. It does contain the live versions of the 4 songs listed from 'A New Day' and the released promo's of 'A New Day'. There is NO 'Making of the Show' or 'A Day in the Life of Celine' and only a very brief section of the 'Fan Appreciation Piece'.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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'Taking Chances,' Celine Dion's 2007 English language release can only stand to serve as the best work in her long and illustrious career--no small accomplishment. Over 26 years Celine Dion has released in excess of 24 solid hours of original recorded material in six languages. So when it was announced that her new album would be something different--edgy and playful, risky and unique--one had to wonder what else she could bring to the table.

Well, as it turns out: A lot.

Packed into 16 solid tracks, Celine runs the musical gambit from 80s ballad covers to R&B, Gospel to the edgy Rock that was promised. And don't worry, there are even a few traditional-style Celine ballads thrown in the mix for good measure.

But its far more than the genre landscape that sets 'Taking Chances' apart from Celine Dion's 33 previous full length releases. The lyrics are simply far and away the best Celine has ever had to work with. The subjects of the songs are as varied as they are focused and detailed. Astonishingly devoid of tired clichés, the lyrics tell real stories with beautiful images. The result is a foundation of memorable, catchy lyrics upon which a wide instrumentation and Celine's masterful vocals build songs that simply stand up and stand out.

Particular highlights of the album include a remake of Heart's classic 'Alone.' Celine breathes new life into the song and takes complete ownership of the material with her powerful voice. 'Eyes On Me,' might be her most adventurous undertaking since 'Refuse to Dance' on 1993's 'The Colour of My Love.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A newish Celine Dion 13 Nov 2007
By Peter S
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I listened to this Album - awake - once so far, and then I let it play all night long while I was sleeping. I liked some of the songs very much. Some of the tracks are typical Celine, i.e., nice ballads that sounds perfect with her voice. Other songs are totally not the style of Celine, like the "Cant fight the feeling" which is a little 'Britney - Rock' combination, not very convincing. There's the 'Eyes on me', sounds like an Arab tune and the way of singing, however, a little bit of change from her Ballads, not bad!! The most impressive one is "That's just the woman in me", not because it a great song, but her performance, I don't think Celine ever used her voice like this before in any of her songs, she sounded a little bit like Bonnie Taylor. The remake of 'Alone' is good, I like to listen to any song with Celine's voice although I must admit, the one performed by 'Heart' is still a classic to me. To summarize, this CD presents new styles for Celine and hence the title of my review. I don't think any one will be reading reviews to buy any of Celine's work, I just felt like writing one. Good Album, I still cannot decide on my favorite one!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank Goodness She Took This Chance. 12 Nov 2007
By J-Mo
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Wow. I have been looking forward to this album ever since I heard about it's production and I am not disappointed. 'Taking Chances' is Celine's BEST album to date. No questions. Although every track is simply amazing, there are some obvious highlights to the album, and these come in the form of 'Taking Chances', 'Alone', 'Shadow of Love', 'Surprise Surprise', 'This Time' and 'Fade Away'. Every track shows a different side to Celine and with no exception each track evokes emotion in some form. 'This Time' is an especially chilling song, which deals with domestic violence, describing how 'This nightmare is not fair and I've had enough. You break me, and as I bleed you just say you're sorry. You call this love?'.

'That's Just The Woman In Me' sees Celine exercise a gravelly side to her voice which rips through the record with true power and feeling like never before.

'Eyes on Me' is peppered with bollywood-esque chords and is truly unique in it's style- a totally new direction for Celine.

THE WHOLE ALBUM IS BRILLIANT. BUY IT NOW. PLEASE. YOU WON'T REGRET IT. I PROMISE.

Thank-you to Celine and the writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 13 days ago by Mrs. Marion Cooper
2.0 out of 5 stars Please go back.
I have always been a Celine Dion fan for years. Her powerful emotional vocals sets her apart from all the lesser singers who depends on back up singers, noisy instruments, drums,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bats
5.0 out of 5 stars Celine
Brilliant as ever. Next to Streisand she is the best. What more can be said.. Lovely album play it often
Published 3 months ago by Jo-anne Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Artist
I like all of Celine Dion albums including this one, Taking Chances.
Excellent music from a great artist.
A must for your collection.
Published 7 months ago by Silver Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
If you like Celine Dion, you'll love this! It's not just about the high notes anymore, she's taken it to a new level.
Published 13 months ago by C. Fryklof
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking Chances by Celine Dion
I have been a fan of Celine's for a long, long time, enjoying a lot of her French Canadian Albums.

However, I was going off rapidly because a lot of her albums were not... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Iain N. Milne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great content
This one is a great cd, and I did really like the packaging, this is not the usual CD-sleeve, but one from paper, foldable 3-way, I liked it.
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by attila7575
5.0 out of 5 stars Celine Dion - Taking Chances
Maybe not her best selling album but quite a lot a quality here. Her voice is very nice.
Published on 22 Sep 2010 by Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Was that H. R. Giger who created the Cover? Must be. The queen of the dark and emotionless career witches.
Published on 18 July 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Very surprised at how good it was...
Wow.
I wasnt expecting to like it so much!! At first i thought taking chances was rubbish!! But no.. its very very good actually!! Read more
Published on 12 May 2008 by John K. Short
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