Loved Me Back to Life

Loved Me Back to Life

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by Celine Dion
     
 

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Loved Me Back to Life is Celine Dion's first English-language album in seven years, but even that long gap of time doesn't tell the whole story. The last time Dion placed in the Billboard Top 40 was in 2002, when "A New Day Has Come" reached 22, and the last time she saw the Top 10 was in 1999, when "That's the Way It Is" reached number six. That's a roundaboutSee more details below

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Loved Me Back to Life is Celine Dion's first English-language album in seven years, but even that long gap of time doesn't tell the whole story. The last time Dion placed in the Billboard Top 40 was in 2002, when "A New Day Has Come" reached 22, and the last time she saw the Top 10 was in 1999, when "That's the Way It Is" reached number six. That's a roundabout way of saying that Dion's days as a formidable hitmaker are long gone, but the interesting thing about Loved Me Back to Life is how the French-Canadian diva has seized this opportunity to try a little bit everything, ranging from duets with neo-R&B stalwart Ne-Yo to covers of Janis Ian's "At Seventeen." Some of this piecemeal feel is due to the album's convoluted creation, growing from a simple studio re-creation of her on-going Vegas revue Celine, but then expanding to something a little more modern and something with a subtle but palpable R&B undercurrent. This soulful streak surfaces on the duets -- the aforementioned Ne-Yo collaboration "Incredible," plus Stevie Wonder sings his "Overjoyed" on a Tricky Stewart production -- but also in the stuttering rhythms of "Somebody Loves Somebody," the slow-burning "Didn't Know Love," and the lively, new jack swing of "Save Your Soul" (strangely, the two Babyface productions -- "At Seventeen" and "Always Be Your Girl" -- are thoroughly colorless adult contemporary). Still, that suggests Loved Me Back to Life is a livelier, riskier album than it actually is; despite these deeper grooves and sparkling surfaces, there's no question this is a Celine Dion album, a record that flirts with new ideas but never hooks up. Yet, that flirtation counts for something: it means the album is livelier, less self-conscious, less beholden to the expected, and quick-footed enough to not seem mired in show biz glitz. That doesn't mean Loved Me Back to Life will reverse her Billboard chart trajectory -- there's nothing here that screams big hit '- but it's something better: the work of a diva who is comfortable in her own skin.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2013
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886971371529
catalogNumber:
713715
Rank:
3117

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Celine Dion   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Andrew Goldstein   Guitar,Keyboards
Janice Graham   Violin
Nashville String Machine   Performing Ensemble
Doug Petty   Organ,Piano
Stevie Wonder   Vocals
Walter Afanasieff   Piano
Babyface   Bass
Emanuel Kiriakou   Guitar,Keyboards
Michael Ripoll   Acoustic Guitar
Eg White   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums
Magnus Johnston   Violin
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Antonio Dixon   Percussion
Hannah Dawson   Violin
Beatrix Lovejoy   Violin
Ne-Yo   Vocals,Background Vocals
Timothy Grant   Viola
Stockholm Session Strings   Performing Ensemble
Johan Fransson   Piano
Tobias Lundgren   Background Vocals
Helen Cox   Violin
Jonathan Evans-Jones   Violin
Richard Harwood   Cello
Harvey de Souza   Violin
Annabelle Meare   Violin
Audra Mae   Background Vocals
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Simone Van Der Giessen   Viola
Marije Ploemacher   Violin
Danny Mercer   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Rowena Calvert   Cello
Becky Low   Viola
Daniel Lykkeklev   Electric Bass
Andreas "Toya" Johansson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kotno Sato   Violin
Jessie Anne Richardson   Cello

Technical Credits

Janis Ian   Composer
Niko Bolas   Vocal Engineer
Andrew Goldstein   Composer,Programming,Engineer,Additional Production
Henrik Janson   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Armin Steiner   Orchestration Recording
Pat Thrall   Engineer,Digital Editing
Diane Warren   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer,Duet
John Doelp   Executive Producer
Tommy Lee James   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Babyface   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
William Ross   Orchestration
Kuk Harrell   Vocal Producer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Kevin Globerman   Engineer
Christine Sirois   Assistant Orchestra Engineer
Sia   Composer
Wayne Haun   Orchestration
Curtis "Sauce" Wilson   Vocal Producer
Vlado Meller   Mastering
Eg White   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Daniel Merriweather   Composer
Aaron Pearce   Producer,Orchestration
Andrew Hollander   Composer
Antonio Dixon   Programming,Instrumentation
Shaffer Smith   Composer,Producer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Ne-Yo   Duet
Dana Parish   Composer
Andrew Wuepper   Engineer
Josh Gudwin   Engineer
Moses Gallart   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Johan Fransson   Composer,Programming,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Tobias Lundgren   Composer,Programming
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
François Lalonde   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
C. "Tricky" Stewart   Producer
Tim Larsson   Composer,Programming
Hasham Hussain   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Jeremy Hunter   Engineer
Audra Mae   Composer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas   Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer
Ulf Janson   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Adrian Bradford   Programming,Engineer
Francis "Eg" White   Composer
Jens Koerkemeier   Engineer,Digital Editing
Denarius "Motesart" Motes   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Jesse Wilson   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Kyle Townsend   Vocal Producer
Dernst "D'mile" Emile   Producer
Danny Mercer   Programming,Producer
Daniel Murcia   Composer
Reginald "Regg" Smith   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation

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