Taking Chances

Taking Chances

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by Celine Dion

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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.See more details below


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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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   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
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Tino Izzo   Composer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Producer
John Doelp   Executive Producer
Gunther Mende   Composer
Sam Watters   Composer
Lars Fox   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
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
David Paul Campbell   String Arrangements
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Charles Harmon   Composer

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