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Loved Me Back to Life

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 11/5/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886971371529
  • Catalog Number: 713715
  • Sales rank: 1,037

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Loved Me Back To Life (3:50)
  2. 2 Somebody Loves Somebody (3:41)
  3. 3 Incredible - Ne-Yo (3:56)
  4. 4 Water and a Flame (3:42)
  5. 5 Breakaway (4:38)
  6. 6 Save Your Soul (3:48)
  7. 7 Didn't Know Love (3:36)
  8. 8 Thank You (3:59)
  9. 9 Overjoyed - Stevie Wonder (4:04)
  10. 10 Thankful (3:56)
  11. 11 At Seventeen (4:29)
  12. 12 Always Be Your Girl (4:14)
  13. 13 Unfinished Songs (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celine Dion Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Andrew Goldstein Guitar, Keyboards
Janice Graham Violin
The Nashville String Machine Performing Ensemble
Doug Petty Organ, Piano
Stevie Wonder Vocals
Walter Afanasieff Piano
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds 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
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds 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
Sia Furler Composer
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 II Producer
Danny Mercer Programming, Producer
Daniel Murcia Composer
Reginald "Regg" Smith Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Love, love, love!

    Love, love, love!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2013

    I Love this CD! The tracks are contemporary, Celine's vocal rang

    I Love this CD! The tracks are contemporary, Celine's vocal range is on point as always and the songs are soothing to the ear, heart and soul.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

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    It's the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, in Canada they re

    It's the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, in Canada they refer to that as the "(Anglo-) American War". This year 2 centuries ago American Army troops captured, sacked and burned the city of York (now the beautiful city of Toronto). Canada has responded in revenge by dropping megaton bombs of pretentious junkola from the likes of Justin Bieber and Celine Dion. I heard her new CD being played in a B + N and it's another product for those who like screechy vocals, repeated choruses ad nauseum, clichéd lyrics about - guess what? - romance, love, etc. that seem to have been either dealt out by a random clichéd verse generator or written by 10 year olds. Oh yes, there's the mandatory icky bombastic bloated "artsy-fartsy" Jim Steinman / Meat Loaf -esque production touches. You can find much better quality music for the money in the categories of "romantic", "adult contemporary" or "light rock" or something similar. Check out some Peter Gabriel (1992's "US" is particularly about relationships), some good reggae, some Pink Floyd (calm, mature, unpretentious), Genesis, 80s Steve Winwood, smooth soul and for good Canadian ROCK music you can't fail with this year's inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, RUSH : )

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

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    She's back in all her glory, her voice is more beautiful as ever

    She's back in all her glory, her voice is more beautiful as ever!

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