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Miracle: A Celebration of New Life [Bonus DVD]
     

Miracle: A Celebration of New Life [Bonus DVD]

by Anne Geddes
 

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Celine Dion has long since cemented her status as a powerhouse pop stylist, but between her many albums and her three-year stint in Vegas, the singer took a break to focus on family -- in January 2001 she gave birth to her son, Rene Charles. Since then, Dion has been vocal about the impact of motherhood on her life, and her devotion to and love for children gave birth

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Celine Dion has long since cemented her status as a powerhouse pop stylist, but between her many albums and her three-year stint in Vegas, the singer took a break to focus on family -- in January 2001 she gave birth to her son, Rene Charles. Since then, Dion has been vocal about the impact of motherhood on her life, and her devotion to and love for children gave birth to Miracle. This inspiring CD pairs Dion with world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes. Together, they created a visual and musical homage to the bond between mother and baby. The CD's cover art is just a taste of the splendor inside -- the CD includes a 20-page booklet featuring Geddes's stunning photos, along with lyrics to all 13 songs. Dion has always been drawn to songs with a love theme, and here she sets the tone with the disc-opening "Miracle," which allows her maternal instincts play out intensely in such lines as, "You're the reason I was born / Now I finally know for sure." She indulges the emotion further on a rousing interpretation of the classic Brahms Lullaby, delivered in both and English and French. The songstress pours all of her being into every song , as on her soaring, passion-filled rendition of "What a Wonderful World." Lullabies like "My Precious One" and "Baby Close Your Eyes" are cast in soft-hued, piano-led orchestral settings, allowing Dion's dramatic vocals to shine through. On a cover of John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy," a more upbeat track, the diva's voice takes a softer road -- and it works just as beautifully. This breathtaking CD can also be found in a box set version, which includes an expanded, 60-page booklet and a "Making of the CD" DVD. And do not miss the extraordinary coffee table book , which includes the CD and DVD, to see the complete collection of Anne Geddes's own little miracles.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Miracle is billed as a collaboration between Celine Dion and Anne Geddes, a photographer who specializes in photos of babies, so it shouldn't be a surprise that the subtitle of the album is "A Celebration of New Life." After all, all of Geddes' work celebrates new life, and Dion has been very outspoken in how motherhood has changed her life, so it's only natural that their collaboration is about newborns. Since Geddes is strictly a photographer, "collaboration" may be a misleading title, but Miracle isn't strictly just a music album. Instead, it's a book accompanied with an album, with the images inspired by the songs and vice versa; in the special edition of the album, there's even a DVD of the making of the project, extending it into another realm of multimedia. As a piece of music, it's the quietest record Dion has recorded in a while, an unabashed adult contemporary album that keeps its gentle mood from start to finish, as if it were a prolonged lullaby. Dion tempers her vocal histrionics considerably -- she still soars to the high notes, but there are no pyrotechnics, no showboating here -- which serves this collection of standards and new songs quite well. The worst you can say about the record is that there are no surprises, but the audience for this record doesn't want surprises; they want comfort, whether it arrives in polished music or artsy photos of newborns, and Miracle provides both, which makes it appealing for those expectant or new mothers in Dion's audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969345429
catalogNumber:
93454

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anne Geddes   Primary Artist
Celine Dion   Background Vocals
David Foster   Keyboards
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
Lisa Walden   Group Member
Kirsten Mitchell   Group Member
Carla Pawley   Group Member
Claire Robertson   Group Member
Jochem van der Saag   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ewan MacColl   Composer
Johannes Brahms   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Stephanie Bentley   Composer
Steve Dorff   Composer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Ken Hirsch   Composer
John Lang   Composer
Jon Lind   Composer
Vito Luprano   Executive Producer
Richard Page   Composer
Marti Sharron   Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Ron Miller   Composer
William Ross   Orchestral Arrangements
David Tyson   Composer
Beverly Mahood   Composer
Steve McNichol   Photo Assistance
Thomas Wade   Composer
Henri Salvador   Composer
Carol Welsman   Composer
Romano Musumarra   Composer
Peer Astrom   Composer
Francine Chaloult   Media Consultant
Relda Frogley   Producer
Anne Geddes   Images
Kel Geddes   Executive Producer
Joanne Gray   Photoshop Artist,Retouching
Kim Jakwerth   Media Consultant
Catherine Madigan   Liner Note Producer
Rebecca Swan   Photo Assistance
Murray Thom   Executive Producer
Natalie Torrens   Contributor,Studio Manager
Fiona Wadman   Personal Assistant
Maurice Pon   Composer
Linda Thompson   Composer
Jochem van der Saag   Arranger,Programming,Sound Design

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