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Emotion & Masculine Influence Replace Diva.,
This review is from: 1 fille & 4 types (Audio CD)
The 2003 French language album by Celine Dion 1 file & 4 Types (1 Girl & 4 Guys) her 21st French album and 30th in total. On this album Celine worked with 3 established French writers/composers and an artistic director, Jacques Veneruso, Erick Benzi, Gildas Arzel and Jean-Jacques Goldman, they accompany Celine through the whole album, both instrumentally and on some tracks vocally.
The album features three covers "Tu nages" - originally by Anggun (2000), "Retiens-moi" - by Nanette Workman (1996), and "Rien N'est Vraiment fini" - by Leyla Doriane (2000).
I must start by saying I love it, the songs are brilliant and I play it very often. Its no surprise that the album was met with positive reviews. However I didn't agree some parts of the albums ALLmusic review which said ''gone are the majority of the near-patented diva hysterics and howls and arriving in their place is a voice that values dynamics over acrobatics'' I feel this statement is a personal opinion and expressed as a distaste to Celine's trademark vocals which I happen to like. There are some moments on the album when Celine does use those vocals as in 'Ne Bouge Pas' (Not moving) - just before that wicked guitar solo, Je T'aime Encore (I love You still) - powerful vocals during the climax and 'Des milliers de baisers' (A thousand kisses) - at the end.
Later in the review when it said ''The band is stripped down (comparatively) to its bare essentials...taking Dion into relatively unfamiliar territories such as country-pop and folk'' i do agree with this statement as the overall sound of the album is very organic, emotional and very down to earth, the reason for this is because of its heavily masculine influence.
Highlights for me personally on the album was the fantastic pop/rock opener 'Tout l'or Des Hommes'(All the men's gold) written by Jacques Veneruso, the video for which was directed by Yannick Saillet, was shot in May 2003 in the Mojave Desert and released in October 2003. Quite rightly it spent eight weeks at number one on the Quebec singles chart, certified silver in France for selling 125,000 and became the highest charting French-language single on the Canadian Singles Chart ever, peaking at number 2. Le vol d'un Ange' (the flight of an angel) is a beautiful, soft emotional ballad with a great meledy and beautiful word phasing, then theres your rocking 'Ne Bouge Pas'(Not moving), another ballad Je T'aime Encore' (I love you still) again beautiful and with powerful vocals for the climax of the song, Retiens-moi (Hold me) a warm
Smooth, mid-tempo song, `Mon Homme' (My man) very romantic and calm song with wonderful vocals and a nice build up, Rien N'est Vraiment Fini' (Nothing is really over) an intense mid-tempo song, again with both a beautiful medley, build up and vocals, Contre Nature' (against nature) great base line, catchy vocals, but its the guitar solo I love on that track and finally 'Des Millers Des Baisers' (A thousand kisses) I love the darkness on this track and the mystery and it almost most certainly works with the male vocals and a great conclusion to the album, there is also a hidden track on the album after 'Des Milliers Des Baisers' where its just Celine and the 'guys' harmonising with an acoustic guitar accompanying there singing on a demo like recording, I couldn't think of a better finisher to this wonderful quality album.
I want to finish by saying that its a real shame foreign language music isn't sold commercially (in shops) in the UK that because of the 'language barrier' all foreign language music is ignored, and I think its sad that we overlook such great music.