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A Great New Direction for Our Vocal Queen
on March 25, 2003
This is her most fresh-sounding album ever. While different from the direction her albums usually take, as a dedicated fan for the past few years I was not dissapointed by this CD at all.
"One Heart," the title track, is an astonishingly fresh, excellent piece of ear candy, and the only instantly addictive song on the album besides the initial Top 50 single "I Drove All Night." However, the majority of the recordings soon catch on, such as other essential listenings like "Love Is All We Need," "Faith," the sensual "In His Touch" and the stately "I Know What Love Is." There is such a great variety here. Celine is really broadening her horizons. Until now, her most musically diverse English album was "Unison," her 1990 English debut that had her doing her signature ballads mixed with techno, 80's tinged dance-pop, and even hints of country.
The odd thing about this album is that has a more rock feel than most of Celine's past recordings. The power ballads like "The Power of Love" or "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" are left to gather dust on the recording studio floor as Celine has chosen to put together a more stark recording this time around. Some fans will definitely feel a little disheartened upon listening to "One Heart," but after a few listens they will probably appreciate Celine's new direction rather be unnerved it, just like myself, the typical Celine fan and follower.
All in all, this is definitely an unusual recording for Celine, but it is an excellent departure from what we have been, at times overly, accustomed to expecting from her. One thing I know: This album will continue to grow on me. I look forward to the experience.