Celine Dion: Taking Chances [CD/DVD Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 2003, Celine Dion began a long-term engagement with Caesars Palace, performing a show based on her 2002 album, A New Day Has Come, at the Las Vegas casino five nights a week. The Vegas show was such a success that the powers that be wound up extending its run, eventually closing the production at the end of 2007, over a year later than originally planned. During these long five years, Dion trickled out some new releases -- there was a new collection called One Heart that hit the stores the day the whole Sin City affair started, as well as a few French-language albums, a document of the live show, and a soundtrack to Anne Geddes baby photographs -- but she ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 2003, Celine Dion began a long-term engagement with Caesars Palace, performing a show based on her 2002 album, A New Day Has Come, at the Las Vegas casino five nights a week. The Vegas show was such a success that the powers that be wound up extending its run, eventually closing the production at the end of 2007, over a year later than originally planned. During these long five years, Dion trickled out some new releases -- there was a new collection called One Heart that hit the stores the day the whole Sin City affair started, as well as a few French-language albums, a document of the live show, and a soundtrack to Anne Geddes baby photographs -- but she never did a full-fledged, big-screen sequel to A New Day Has Come. She was saving that for when the Vegas extravaganza wrapped up, and as soon as it was ready to close, Dion was ready with Taking Chances, her first "official" pop album in five years. Never one for subtlety, Celine Dion hammers home that her post-Vegas years are going to be different with the very title of Taking Chances, but she doesn't stop there. Not only is this the time for her to take chances, she's also full of surprises and there's a new day dawning. She sings that "just when you thought you got me figured out," she'll do something unexpected because she's a "chameleon" -- basically, any rebirth cliché that comes to mind pops up somewhere on Taking Chances, as Celine never lets listeners forget that she is beginning the next grand chapter of her career. In the pre-release push for the album, it was suggested that Dion was, well, taking chances with her music, and her enlisting of Evanescence's Ben Moody to produce and write a couple of tracks, while hiring Linda Perry to write another couple, suggested that this would indeed be a different kind of Celine album. And it is, at least a little bit. Over its long, long 16 tracks, Celine indulges in some glossy electronic beats on "Shadow of Love," flirts with hard rock on the Aldo Nova-written "Can't Fight the Feelin'" the great Canadian AOR rocker writes three other tunes here, including "A Song for You," which borrows a title from Leon Russell but nothing else, tries to shimmy like Shakira on "Eyes on Me," and even tries to belt out the blues on "That's Just the Woman in Me," written by former Soft Boy Kimberley Rew. Added to this are the understated but no less significant efforts to hitch her wagon to the numerous American Idols who imitate her style. Celine attempts to snatch Heart's "Alone" from Carrie Underwood and cribs from Kelly Clarkson's operatic rock, two blatant thieveries that, when combined with the quartet of explicit changeups, gives Taking Chances a vaguely desperate vibe, as if Celine needs to prove that she still reigns supreme among all divas. Although Dion can pull off these moves with strenuous skill, all the effort is for naught because these slight changes in sound wind up serving an album that doesn't feel that different than the same old Celine Dion. The album may not be as big and spangly as A New Day Has Come -- whose glittery surfaces and exaggerated arrangements were ideal for the Vegas chapter of Dion's career -- but it does play as a refurbished version of her 1996 blockbuster, Falling into You, overhauled for a new millennium. It lacks both the epic Jim Steinman songs and the Diane Warren ballads, yet their imprint remains, as their over the top formula is given a brushed aluminum finish -- a sleek, chilly, tasteful sound that fits the mood of the late 2000s. And if Taking Chances is anything, it's an album of its time: it offers extravagance in the guise of self-help, which can be alluring in doses -- especially those bizarre blues-rockers -- but it's just too much of a very expensive yet not particularly tasteful thing. [Sony's companion DVD was released in 2007.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886971371420
  • Catalog Number: 713714

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Taking Chances (4:03)
  2. 2 Alone (3:24)
  3. 3 Eyes on Me (3:54)
  4. 4 My Love (4:09)
  5. 5 Shadow of Love (4:10)
  6. 6 Surprise Surprise (5:13)
  7. 7 This Time (3:47)
  8. 8 New Dawn (4:45)
  9. 9 A Song For You (3:26)
  10. 10 A World to Believe In (4:08)
  11. 11 Can't Fight the Feelin' (3:51)
  12. 12 I Got Nothin' Left (4:20)
  13. 13 Right Next to the Right One (4:10)
  14. 14 Fade Away (3:17)
  15. 15 That's Just the Woman in Me (4:34)
  16. 16 Skies of L.A. (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celine Dion Primary Artist
Aldo Nova Electric Guitar, Keyboards, electronic percussion
Michael Thompson Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Lee Blaske Strings
Jeff Bova Strings
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Christopher Neil Background Vocals
Linda Perry Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Mellotron
Kara DioGuardi Background Vocals
John Shanks Guitar, Bass Guitar
Pat Leonard Keyboards
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Keyboards
Emanuel Kiriakou Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Michael Herring Guitar
Fred Nelson Piano
Dorian Crozier Drums
Ned Douglas Keyboards
Tim Christensen Drums, Bass Guitar, Mellotron
Kristian Lundin Keyboards, Background Vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Ulf Forsberg Strings
Per Sporrong Violin
Lucy Woodward Background Vocals
David Levita Electric Guitar
Jeff Rothschild Drums
Delta Goodrem Background Vocals
Peer Astrom Drums, Bass Guitar
Linda Lampenius Strings
David Hodges Piano
David Stenmarck Spoken Word
Paul Ill Bass Guitar
Doug Perry Organ
Martin Sutton Keyboards
Ne-Yo Background Vocals
Jesse Bond Guitar
Nathan Wetherington Drums
Belle Erskine Background Vocals
Marty O'Brien Bass Guitar
Evelina Gard Vocals
Chuck Harmony Various
Damon "DJ" Jefferson Drums
Robert Wells Piano (Grand)
D.C. Collard Hammond B3
Donna Simon Background Vocals
Karl Engstrom Keyboards
Calvin Palmer Bass Guitar
VSL Strings
Technical Credits
Aldo Nova Composer, Audio Production
Thaddis Kuk Harrell Composer
Martin Harrington Composer
Tom Kelly Composer
Christopher Neil Audio Production
Linda Perry Composer, Audio Production
Kimberley Rew Composer
Billy Steinberg Composer
Tino Izzo Composer
Kara DioGuardi Composer, Audio Production
Kuk Harrell Audio Production
John Shanks Audio Production
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Composer, Audio Production
Ash Howes Composer
Emanuel Kiriakou Programming, Audio Production
Anders "Bag" Bagge Composer, Audio Production
Rosanna Ciciola Composer
Tim Christensen Composer
Kristian Lundin Composer, Programming, Audio Production
Jeff Rothschild Programming
Delta Goodrem Composer
Peer Astrom Composer, Programming, Audio Production
David Hodges Composer, Audio Production
David Stenmarck Composer
Shaffer Smith Composer
Ben Moody Composer, Audio Production
The-Dream Composer
Ne-Yo Audio Production
David A. Stewart Composer
Savan Kotecha Composer
Chuck Harmony Audio Production
Christy Hall Audio Production
Charles Harmon Composer
Karl Engstrom Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful vocal instrument = Pristine

    Great departure from norm with intriguing arrangements and production. It really doesnt get much better than this in her genre or any other. Pristine,, every note and nuiance is clear and precise. Taking Chances is great (everyone has heard it_ Listen to LA Skies, Right next to the Right One.

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