A New Day... Live in Las Vegas
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This CD/DVD combination pack features Celine Dion's entire show at Ceasars Palace with 13 live tracks.The DVD features a 45 minute bonus entitled "One Year, One Heart." The DVD follows Celine throughout 2003, recording her CD & creating her Las Vegas show
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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. The second studio track is yet another yawn-inducing ballad that her hardcore detractors have come to expect from her.
The accompanying DVD isn't terribly impressive either, as it contains many scenes that most Celine fans have already seen before, and doesn't do much more than act as a half-hour commercial for the "A New Day..." concert. The semi-humourous commentary by Wayne Brady and the sadly brief scenes of Celine working in the recording studio and rehearsing dance steps for "New Day" are the only parts that save the DVD from being a total waste of laser etchings.
Oh yeah, and the prominent anti-piracy stickers all over the casing and CD labels tick me off as well. I happen to be a downloader who usually downloads albums to see if I like them, and then buys them. I didn't take that precaution with this one. Being a hardcore Celine fan, I simply bought this right off the bat, assuming that Celine would give me my money's worth, as I've been able to depend upon in the past.
I was sadly mistaken. Don't make the same mistake I did. Save your hard-earned cash and download "You And I". Or, if you're afraid of the feds coming after you, tape it off the radio and wait for the CD single to be released.