A New Day Has Come [Special Edition]

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
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."

"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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886972266626
  • Catalog Number: 722666
  • Sales rank: 294,523

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Alive (3:30)
  2. 2 Right in Front of You (4:13)
  3. 3 Have You Ever Been in Love (4:08)
  4. 4 Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable) (3:25)
  5. 5 A New Day Has Come (4:19)
  6. 6 Ten Days (3:37)
  7. 7 Goodbye's (The Saddest Word) (5:19)
  8. 8 Prayer (5:34)
  9. 9 I Surrender (4:48)
  10. 10 At Last (4:17)
  11. 11 Sorry for Love (4:10)
  12. 12 Aun Existe Amor (3:52)
  13. 13 The Greatest Reward (4:04)
  14. 14 When the Wrong One Loves You Right (3:49)
  15. 15 A New Day Has Come (5:42)
  16. 16 Nature Boy (3:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 All Because of You
  2. 2 Coulda Woulda Shoulda
  3. 3 I'm Alive
  4. 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 Jr. 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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