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one heart celine dion
on 25 March 2003
Celine's second album within a year which may be her last for three years due to her stint in Las Vegas. This album carries off where "A new day has come" left off, being more of a pop album than her previous albums.
The first indication is the first song and single "I drove all night" a cover of the Roy Orbson classic. She sings it with a dance beat to it which makes the song seem lifeless this song is about desire it should be sung with pure emotion which celine lacks in her voice, not a wise choice for a cover. The second song "Love is all we need" is less dance and more pop but it suits celine perfectly one of the stand out tracks that could appeal to all ages, i think this should have opened up the album. "Faith" for me sounds like it doesn't know what to be, it starts off with a 80's feel but then develops into a pop song which is a cross between her 1999 song "That's the way it is" both songs are written by Max Martin, which results in a medicore pop song.
After three uptempo songs the album finally has the inevitable ballad (no celine album would be complete). "In his touch" also written by Martin but i think one of his best, it has a spanish sound with heartfelt lyrics another of the outstanding tracks. Then the title track "One heart" ARGH! this is the worst song on the album i can imagine S Clubs Juniors singing this. "Stand by your side" another ballad that is not unlike Enrique Iglesias' "Hero" but considering it was written by the same people it comes as no suprise. "Naked" a mid-tempo pop song that is catchy but sounds like "Faith". So far it's been an good pop album.
Now it get's confusing "Sorry for love" (2003) the original was in last years album, if you take out the dance beat the song is the same, maybe it would have been better as a b-side rather than an album track. "Have you ever been in love" also on last years album but it's exactly the same, why is it on this album? In saying that it is a very beautiful song. A new song "Reveal" written by Cathy Dennis it's an ok dance song but i don't think it's suited to Celine.
Back to what Celine does best "Coulda Woulda Shoulda" not to be confused with Beverly Knight's song of the same name, but this is a funky song one of the best on the album and Celine sings it to perfection, i can imagine her singing it in concert, it would make a good single. "Forget me not" would not sound out of place on a Britney Spears cd but it has a feel good sound to it. "I know what love is" this is moore like the old Celine similar to the ballads on "Let's talk about love" from 1997. "Je t'aime encore" again i'm a bit confused the french hit from 1995 but in 2003 it's now acoustic and in english bit it's the best song on the album for her voice she sings it beautifully.
Celine has recently gone down the same route as Whitney (career wise), both when younger sang songs that appealed to the older generation but now they sing song to appeal to a younger audience. I think for Celine it's both positive and negative with last year's album Celine would have appealed to both generations but with "One heart" it'a mainly directed to the younger generation this may discourage her fans who have been with her since the beginning but she may not gain new fans. However as a pop album it is very polished sometimes a new direction can do the world of good, if she stayed the same then she'd be boring. She sings pop like it's supposed to be sang. Not her greatest album but would not disgrace a pop fans collection.