A New Day Has Come [Special Edition]

A New Day Has Come [Special Edition]

by Celine Dion

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A New Day Has Come marks Celine Dion's return to recording after a lengthy maternity leave, and charts the pop diva's growth as an artist and as a woman. Although Dion's songs have always been about the power of love (she wasn't mincing words when she titled her 1997 blockbuster Let's Talk About Love), maternalSee more details below


A New Day Has Come marks Celine Dion's return to recording after a lengthy maternity leave, and charts the pop diva's growth as an artist and as a woman. Although Dion's songs have always been about the power of love (she wasn't mincing words when she titled her 1997 blockbuster Let's Talk About Love), maternal rather than romantic sentiment fuels her fire this time out. As she gushes on the uplifting title song (penned by '80s one-hit-wonder Aldo Nova), "Where there was weakness I've found my strength/All in the eyes of a boy." And Dion's lovefest with motherhood doesn't end there. On the heartfelt, country-tinged "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)," the chanteuse muses, "There is no other love like a mother's love for her child," and on the anthemic, gospel choir-accented ballad "Prayer" -- which recalls Faith Hill's equally poignant "There Will Come a Day" -- she describes children as "the light" and "truth of spirit in flight." Along with newfound maternal instincts, the new songs reveal a more spiritual and edgier Dion. The songbird with glass-shattering chops sounds a bit like Sheryl Crow on the bluesy, honky-tonk rocker "Ten Days," but the lyrics still reach skyward: "Ten days I've seen the rain/Comin' down on a sunny day/But all I've got to do is pray and pray." Dion, however, hasn't stopped singing about romance altogether, and the soaring ballad "Have You Ever Been in Love," as well as her solid renditions of Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy" and Etta James's "At Last" should satisfy her lovelorn fans. It's obvious that for Celine Dion, A New Day Has Come.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like politicians, pop superstars staging a comeback need to be on message, devising a story line and sticking to it from conception to completion. Celine Dion's message is a simple one -- one that would be evident to anybody paying the slightest bit of attention. After a ballyhooed semi-retirement following 1999's semi-collection All the Way -- a retirement where she gave birth and tended to her manager/husband's recovery from cancer -- it was time to begin a new chapter in her life, something made explicit in the title of the comeback, A New Day Has Come. Of course, the new day is the new chapter of Celine's life -- she's still a caring, loving wife and mother, but she's ready to return to music with a vigor, including a three-year stint as the main attraction at Caesars in Las Vegas. Life -- or at least opportunists -- has a way of interfering with even the best-laid plans, and the week A New Day Has Come hit the stores, it was revealed that Dion's husband was the center of a dubious civil lawsuit claiming he raped a woman in Las Vegas in the late '90s, but the delivery of the message was so strong, so well-conceived, that this barely made a dent in the media blitz (no mention of it in a USA Today cover story the day of release, for instance). No matter your musical taste, you have to admire that feat, and to a certain extent you have to admire the construction of this album, as well, since it's about as perfect as it could be. That doesn't mean it's a perfect album, but it does exactly what it should do -- it doesn't deviate from Dion's mainstream audience, yet it dips its toe into modern music, particularly dance, while subtly addressing her status as a working mom (which somehow translates as she's a survivor), while keeping hip ("Nature Boy" at the end was surely included because of its prominence in Baz Luhrmann's pandering swill, Moulin Rouge). It's savvily sequenced, too, with the radio remix of the title track arriving before the original version! It's so carefully assembled that even stumbles like the bizarre "Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable)" wash away without much effort, which is a testament to how well-made this record is. There's really nothing to fault it on, actually -- it's more ambitious than it needs to be, covers more stylistic territory than any other Dion record, while never abandoning the middle-of-the-road; it's a balancing act that nobody since Barbra Streisand has been able to pull off. If there's any problem with the record, it's that the songs just aren't that particularly memorable, even after several spins. The mood shifts effortlessly, it never seems to stay in one place, but it never catches hold, either. Surely, some of these songs will define themselves through repeated plays on the radio, but oddly the lack of memorable songs doesn't hurt A New Day Has Come much at all, since the fact that it succeeds without real songs makes it all the more impressive. That's what staying on message is all about -- delivering the surface and the overall theme without delivering in the details -- and, in 2002, Celine Dion does that better than any of her peers. [A Sony bonus DVD features four videos, including a preview of Dion's Las Vegas show.]
Entertainment Weekly - Ken Tucker
"Having taken time off to give birth to her first child, Dion is back to celebrate the joys of motherhood, and you won't catch me knocking that. Indeed, grappling with something other than her own emotions and her perennial theme, recovering from heartbreak...has been good for her music."

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Disc 1

  1. I'm Alive
  2. Right in Front of You
  3. Have You Ever Been in Love
  4. Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable)
  5. A New Day Has Come
  6. Ten Days
  7. Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)
  8. Prayer
  9. I Surrender
  10. At Last
  11. Sorry for Love
  12. Aun Existe Amor
  13. The Greatest Reward
  14. When the Wrong One Loves You Right
  15. A New Day Has Come
  16. Nature Boy

Disc 2

  1. All Because of You
  2. Coulda Woulda Shoulda
  3. I'm Alive
  4. Las Vegas Show Preview

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Celine Dion   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Sue Ann Carwell   Background Vocals
Shania Twain   Background Vocals
Janie Barnett   Background Vocals
Terry Britten   Guitar
Jorge Calandrelli   Piano,Conductor
Joey Diggs   Background Vocals
Margaret Dorn   Background Vocals
Simon Franglen   Keyboards
Rutger Gunnarsson   Conductor
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Henrik Janson   Conductor
Skyler Jett   Background Vocals
Eric Kupper   Guitar
Michael Landau   Guitar
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Guitar,Background Vocals
Chieli Minucci   Guitar
Kenny O'Brien   Background Vocals
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Mark Portmann   Keyboards
Claytoven Richardson   Background Vocals
Guy Roche   Synthesizer
Yvonne Williams   Background Vocals
Kevin Breit   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Dan Warner   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Walter Afanasieff   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Sam Watters   Background Vocals
Francis Benítez   Background Vocals
William Ross   Conductor
Chantal Kreviazuk   Background Vocals
Maryanne Morgan   Background Vocals
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor
Nana Hedin   Background Vocals
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Guitar
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl   Piano
Mary Griffin   Background Vocals
Shelene Thomas   Background Vocals
Anders "Bag" Bagge   Background Vocals
Kevin Fox   Cello,Soloist
Richie Jones   Guitar
Thomas Lindberg   Bass
Steve Morales   Background Vocals
Andreas Carlsson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Keith Fluitt   Background Vocals
Jennifer Carr   Background Vocals
Stockholm Session Orchestra   Strings
Marcus Brown   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Kristian Lundin   Keyboards
David Siegel   Keyboards
Sakai   Background Vocals
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Dorian Cheah   Synthesizer,Guitar,Violin,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Sébastien Chouard   Electric Guitar
Sebastian Nylund   Guitar
Peer Astrom   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Matthew Vaughn Gospel Choir   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Stephan Moccio   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Gérald De Palmas   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Keyboards
Stockholm Session Strings   Track Performer
Marc Dold   Guitar
Uli Janson   Conductor

Technical Credits

Celine Dion   Liner Notes
Aldo Nova   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Corey Hart   Composer
Martin Briley   Composer
Charlie Dore   Composer
Daryl Hall   Composer
Louis Biancaniello   Composer
Terry Britten   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Orchestral Arrangements
Richard Cocciante   Composer
Lenny DeRose   Engineer
Peter Doell   Engineer,Engineering
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
Simon Franglen   Arranger,Producer
Humberto Gatica   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Rutger Gunnarsson   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Simon Hurrell   Engineer
Henrik Janson   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Composer,Producer
Vito Luprano   Producer,Executive Producer
Vladimir Meller   Mastering
Christopher Neil   Producer
Kenny O'Brien   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Editing
Mark Portmann   Arranger
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Guy Roche   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Rick Wake   Producer
Harry Warren   Composer
Kevin Breit   Engineer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Dan Hetzel   Engineer
Steve Prestage   Engineer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Sam Watters   Composer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
William Ross   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Maxime le Forestier   Composer
Pascal Obispo   Composer
Hooshik   Art Direction
Maggie Rodford   String Coordinator
Matthew Dellapolla   Scoring Consultant
Gavin Greenaway   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Dave Scheuer   Engineer
Nick Thomas   Engineer
Nick Wollage   Engineer
Patricia Weber   Stage Technician
Patrick Weber   Stage Technician
Tom Nichols   Composer
Anders "Bag" Bagge   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Chris Brooke   Engineer
Richie Jones   Producer,drum programming
Shepard Soloman   Composer
Steve Morales   Arranger,Composer,Producer,MIDI Programming
John Amatiello   Digital Editing,Pro-Tools
Andreas Carlsson   Composer,Producer
Bernard Löhr   Engineer
Patrick Demarchelier   Cover Photo
Shane Stoner   Engineer
Kristian Lundin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Denis Savage   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Jim Annunziato   Engineer
David Siegel   Composer
Chuck Taylor   Liner Notes
Christian B.   Programming,Producer
Luc Plamondon   Composer
Arnthor   Producer
Marjorie Maye   Composer
Vlado Meller   Mastering
Joe Wohlmuth   Digital Editing
Kevin Churko   Engineer,Digital Editing,Pro-Tools
Dushyant Bhakta   Engineer
Arnthor Birgisson   Composer,Producer
Francis Lalonde   Vocal Editing,Pro-Tools
Peer Astrom   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Digital Editing,String Arrangements,Instrumentation,Vocal Editing,Pro-Tools
Justin Douglas   Vocal Engineer
Robert Conley   Programming
Stephan Moccio   Composer,Programming
Gérald De Palmas   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Lionel Florence   Composer
Laila Bagge   Composer
Francis Galluccio   Composer
Patrice Guirao   Composer
François Eric Lalonde   Digital Editing
Dave Platel   Director
Marc Dold   Programming,Producer
Fredrik Andersson   Engineer
Uli Janson   String Arrangements,String Conductor

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