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Dion's performance is, from beginning to end, top of the line. However, the quality of the setlist is not. After opening with Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy" she ill-advisedly rushes through two of her biggest hits, "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" and "Because You Loved Me". Both from her Grammy-winning 1996 album "Falling Into You," they are performed in just under six minutes and lack all the power of their original studio versions. Also, her low-key interpretation of Peggy Lee's "Fever" is extremely weak and a clear waste of space on the disc; the song does not suit her.
There are some extreme standouts, however. Her rendition of Barbra Streisand's "If I Could," which she dedicates to all the children and parents of the world, is heart tugging and inspired. Furthermore, her upbeat performances of her 2002 single "I'm Alive" and Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" perfectly demonstrate her versatility and vocal prowess. In fact, she displays it quite well throughout the entire performance, obviously without the use of any sneaky tricks or lip-syncing as she did in the past on her "The Colour of My Love Concert" DVD.
One problem with this release, nonetheless, is the blatant lack of Dion's own material. Of the thirteen tracks culled from the concert, eight were already made famous by other singers long before she ever sang them.Read more ›
That said, this is easily the worst album she's ever done. Even some of the more cringe-worthy demo-style recordings she occasionally did as a child prodigy in Quebec are moot compared to this. This is supposed to be the audio to a great spectacle of a show. And therein lies its shame.
For a supposedly great show, this only ends up sounding mediocre. Her accent, while pleasant on her previous live records, grates on the nerves here because it's so thick as to make her virtually impossible to understand. The supple quality of her voice has vanished, and is replaced by something that sounds like a death rattle. One is forced to wonder if that is the sound of a singer who knows her time is almost up.
The few songs of hers don't stand up to their studio counterparts, and the new recordings of the remakes she's done live in concert turn out to be rather lifeless and dull. Even her try at Peggy Lee's "Fever" -- always a fun, snappy tune in my book -- sounds shockingly boring. Sorry, but Eva Cassidy's version was more bluesy, and Madonna's club jam remake was funkier.
The only memorable track is one oven-fresh from the studio, "You And I". The single is a bouncy club-lite anthem to the beauty of love, which has topped the Adult Contemporary chart in her native Canada. That song, and the album art, alone is why I gave this album two stars.Read more ›
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I love Celine Dion and this is in NO way regarding her voice. I have the A New Day Blu-ray and thought great some new music but honestly it's included on the Blu-ray, I'd recommend... Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Randi Grogan
Love her voice, so beautiful. CD is of a show she did and sounds like she had a fun time.Published on June 10, 2013 by Michele R. Mather
This CD/DVD is ok, after watching a commercial about Celine's show in Vegas I realized I ordered the wrong CD/DVD I wonder if it's too late to return it.Published on May 22, 2010 by Lisa M. Dunn
Hi I'm Stefan from Bulgaria.I wanna tell you that I've never seen better singers than Celine,and because of that I bought this CD. Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by Stefan