Taking Chances

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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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Editorial Reviews

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. [This edition of Taking Chances includes a bonus DVD featuring a sneak preview of Live in Las Vegas -- A New Day... and four exclusive songs.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886971371321
  • Catalog Number: 713713
  • Sales rank: 124,657

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)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Power of Love
  2. 2 I Drove All Night
  3. 3 I Surrender
  4. 4 I Wish
  5. 5 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celine Dion Primary Artist, Vocals
Aldo Nova Electric Guitar, Keyboards, electronic percussion
Michael Thompson Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Lee Blaske Strings
Jeff Bova Strings
Dave Collard Hammond Organ
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Christopher Neil Background Vocals
Linda Perry Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Mellotron
Doug Petty Organ
Kara DioGuardi Background Vocals
John Shanks Bass, Guitar
Pat Leonard Keyboards
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Keyboards
Emanuel Kiriakou Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Michael Herring Guitar
Fred Nelson Piano
Dorian Crozier Drums
Ned Douglas Keyboards
Tim Christensen Bass, Guitar, Drums, Mellotron
Stockholm Session Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Kristian Lundin Keyboards, Background Vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Ulf Forsberg Strings
Per Sporrong Violin, Soloist
Lucy Woodward Background Vocals
David Levita Electric Guitar
Jeff Rothschild Drums
Delta Goodrem Background Vocals
Sebastian Nylund Guitar
Peer Astrom Bass, Guitar, Drums
Linda Lampenius Strings
David Hodges Piano
David Stenmarck Talking
Paul Ill Bass
Martin Sutton Keyboards
Ne-Yo Background Vocals
Jesse Bond Guitar
Nathan Wetherington Drums
Belle Erskine Background Vocals
Stockholm Session Strings Strings, Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Marty O'Brien Bass
Evelina Gard Vocal Harmony
Damon "DJ" Jefferson Drums
Sebastian Thott Guitar
Technical Credits
Celine Dion Art Direction
Aldo Nova Composer, Programming, Producer
Jennifer Rush Composer
Tommy Anderson Drum Engineering
Louis Biancaniello Composer
David Campbell String Arrangements
Ed Cherney Engineer, Drum Engineering
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Larry Gold Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Thaddis Kuk Harrell Composer
Martin Harrington Composer
Tom Kelly Composer
Vito Luprano Executive Producer
Christopher Neil Producer
Linda Perry Composer, Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Kimberley Rew Composer
Bob Salcedo Engineer
Billy Steinberg Composer
Pat Thrall Digital Editing
Stevie Wonder Composer
Tino Izzo Composer
Kara DioGuardi Composer, Producer
John Doelp Executive Producer
Gunther Mende Composer
Sam Watters Composer
Lars Fox Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Kuk Harrell Engineer, Vocal Producer
John Shanks Producer
Roger Sommers Engineer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Composer, Producer, drum programming
Candy Derouge Composer
Ash Howes Composer
Emanuel Kiriakou Programming, Producer, Engineer
Anders "Bag" Bagge Composer, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Rosanna Ciciola Composer
Mary Susan Applegate Composer
Tommy Andersson Drum Engineering
Tim Christensen Composer
Kristian Lundin Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
René Angélil Management
Vlado Meller Mastering
Dan Certa Engineer
Jeff Rothschild Programming, Engineer
Delta Goodrem Composer
Peer Astrom Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Jeff Chetek Engineer
David Hodges Composer, Producer
David Stenmarck Composer
Lasse Mårtén Drum Engineering
Shaffer Smith Composer
Ben Moody Composer, Producer
Francine Chaloult Media Consultant
Kim Jakwerth Media Consultant
The-Dream Composer
Ne-Yo Producer
David A. Stewart Composer
Savan Kotecha Composer
Lina Attinsano Director
Mia Dumont Creative Consultant
Chuck Harmony Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
François Eric Lalonde Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Rune Nissen Peterson Engineer
Katrina Sirdofsky Representation
Andrew Chavez Digital Editing
David Paul Campbell String Arrangements
Maria P. Marulanda Art Direction
Charles Harmon Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved it!!

    I think you must have talent yourself sometimes to know what it sounds like! This album was fun and just different enough to be interesting. Nobody wants Celine to be someone else!! That is the whole point. I am glad it sounds like her just a little more edgy! The album combines GREAT lyrics (If you actually listen to them), with incredible vocals which is expected from Celine. The song My Love is very personal and its obvious that she had a connection to the song. If you don't really like Celine in the first place, don't buy it, but If you like her style and her voice, you'll love this Album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Save your ears &amp stomach the pain

    I've listened to my wife's copy, and after listening to this pile of whatever you want to call it, all I can say is ugh! First of all, it pretty much sounds like any other Celine Dion CD, and even they all pretty much sound like each other. And &quot Taking Chances&quot ? Talk about playing it safe! Her version of &quot Alone&quot sounds like she swiped the backing track and sang karaoke to it! Why bother doing a cover tune when it sounds so much like the original? Maybe it's just me, but I don't get it. The backing music on this CD, as on the rest of her CDs, is so generic that it could&#8217 ve been made by anyone &#8211 it has absolutely no personality. Her music has no identifiable sound whatsoever! Great singing is not only about hitting notes that most people only dream of hitting, it&#8217 s about sincere, honest singing, not over-singing everything and saying, &#8220 Hey, look what my voice can do.&#8221 Take Rod Stewart, for example. Not necessarily my favourite singer, and he doesn&#8217 t have a pretty voice from a technical standpoint, but he sings with acres more honesty than Celine Dion &#8211 that&#8217 s what makes him a better singer. You could swing a dead cat and hit someone who&#8217 s a lesser singer from a technical viewpoint, but also has far more sincerity in their singing than her. Don&#8217 t bother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hated it!

    I got this CD set and kept it two days and gave it away. Not up to her usual standards. There was not a single song on them that I liked. I have quite a few of her CDs and like them all. This is not the Celine I'm used to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coming out of Vegas is not easy!

    After several years in Las Vegas "with a particular type of audience" Celine is trying to get back her career on the outside and it's not easy to do. She still has the Las Vegas energy and costumes which play well there but not so well in other parts of the country. The songs are unknown mostly so getting her fans to jump on the bandwagon is also not easy. But Celine is Celine and she will come around again as she has done before. The TV show was done sparing no expense but again the new songs will take some time to grow on us, if they ever do. Celine wants to be good and that energy alone will propel her along. But next album please really pick the songs with the audience in mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!

    This is quite an album....lots of different and catchy songs!! Definitely worth the wait!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She never disappoints

    I purchased this cd as soon as it was available! I love Celine she has a beautiful voice! This cd is great esp the title track! I am glad she's back!

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