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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970811422
  • Catalog Number: 708114
  • Sales rank: 133,115

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)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celine Dion Primary Artist
Aldo Nova Electric Guitar, Keyboards, electronic percussion
Michael Thompson Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Lee Blaske Strings
Jeff Bova Strings
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, Bass Guitar
Pat Leonard Keyboards
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Keyboards
Emanuel Kiriakou Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Michael Herring Guitar
Fred Nelson Piano
Dorian Crozier Drums
Ned Douglas Keyboards
Tim Christensen Bass, Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, 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, Bass Guitar
Linda Lampenius Strings
David Hodges Piano
David Stenmarck Spoken Word
Paul Ill Bass, Bass Guitar
Doug Perry Organ
Martin Sutton Keyboards
Ne-Yo Background Vocals
Jesse Bond Guitar
DC Collard Hammond Organ
Nathan Wetherington Drums
Belle Erskine Background Vocals
Marty O'Brien Bass, Bass Guitar
Evelina Gard Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Chuck Harmony Various
Damon "DJ" Jefferson Drums
Sebastian Thott Guitar
Robert Wells Piano (Grand)
D.C. Collard Hammond B3
Donna Simon Background Vocals
Karl Engstrom Keyboards
Calvin Palmer Bass Guitar
VSL Strings
Technical Credits
Aldo Nova Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
David Campbell String Arrangements
Ed Cherney Engineer
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Larry Gold Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Thaddis Kuk Harrell Composer
Martin Harrington Composer
Tom Kelly Composer
Vito Luprano Executive Producer
Christopher Neil Producer, Audio Production
Linda Perry Composer, Producer, Engineer, Contributor, Audio Production
Kimberley Rew Composer
Bob Salcedo Engineer
Billy Steinberg Composer
Pat Thrall Digital Editing
Tino Izzo Composer
Kara DioGuardi Composer, Producer, Audio Production
John Doelp Executive Producer
Lars Fox Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Kuk Harrell Engineer, Audio Production, Vocal Producer
John Shanks Producer, Audio Production
Roger Sommers Engineer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Composer, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Ash Howes Composer
Emanuel Kiriakou Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Anders "Bag" Bagge Composer, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements, Audio Production
Rosanna Ciciola Composer
Tim Christensen Composer
Kristian Lundin Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
René Angélil Management
Vlado Meller Mastering
Dan Certa Engineer
Jeff Rothschild Programming, Engineer
Delta Goodrem Composer
B. Tommy Andersson Drum Engineering
Peer Astrom Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Jeff Chetek Engineer
David Hodges Composer, Producer, Audio Production
David Stenmarck Composer
Lasse Mårtén Drum Engineering
Shaffer Smith Composer
Ben Moody Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Francine Chaloult Media Consultant
Kim Jakwerth Media Consultant
The-Dream Composer
Ne-Yo Producer, Audio Production
David A. Stewart Composer
Savan Kotecha Composer
Lina Attinsano Director
Mia Dumont Creative Consultant
Chuck Harmony Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Rune Nissen Peterson Engineer
Katrina Sirdofsky Representation
Christy Hall Audio Production
Maria P. Marulanda Art Direction
Charles Harmon Composer
Karl Engstrom Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Celine is back but is she desperate?

    The TV production of "Taking Chances" was not good - the song itself was not good and as much as Celine tried to make it good it is not. I also watched the TV special with Josh Groban and David Foster et al. Celine has not come down from her performing in Las Vegas as the special was certainly full of energy - but energy expected in Las Vegas not all over the country on a Friday night. I do not understand her choice of songs as some do not highlight her voice at all and that is unfortunate. After her run in Las Vegas she will get her land legs again but it may take a while.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Another Beautiful album by Celine Dion.

    Celine Dion is the most beautiful artist of all time.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    In all sincerity, WHAT HAPPENED?

    For years, Celine Dion stood apart from the rest of the mainstream pop community that resurged as teen pop back in the mid-90s - with a conventional yet stunning soft pop sound with a touch of muzak and some of the best songs of the time. And once 'A New Day Has Come' was released at the turn of the millennium, her fans had high hopes that she would continue to stand apart with the same kind of soft pop she always did.

    However, although she did well with lighter versions of teen pop on 'All the Way,' the aforementioned ANDHC, and 'One Heart' (which was a well-done mix of hard dance-rock and mainstream AC) before attempting non-operatic classical crossover on 'Miracle,' 'Taking Chances' seems to be the least engaging album Ms. Dion has ever released. It can only be defined as talent unjustly wasted on material that puts her down there with yesterday's Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, and N Sync, and today's Beyonce, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and the like.

    Don't get me wrong; I don't have anything against changes in musical style. However, very few of the songs here are even listenable, let alone enjoyable. These are the title track ('Taking Chances'), 'Eyes on Me,' and 'A World to Believe In.' All of the other songs don't quite make for the 'good comeback' professional reviewers have said it was.

    Better recent Celine albums are 'D'elles,' 'Complete Best,' and 'My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection.' 'Taking Chances' is for die-hard Celine fans only.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pitiful and not worth buying

    There was not a single song on the CD that I liked. I am used to loving all of her CDs but this has got to be the worst ever! What a waste of her talent!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Celine's #1 Fan!

    I love how Celine "took chances" and I could really tell that she had fun recording this album. It's much different from any of her previous releases. I loved it and just can't stop listening to it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Celine does it again

    I feel like I've been waiting eternities for a new CD from Celine....and the wait was worth it! She has a powerful and inspirational voice and she shows it in many ranges on this CD. It's edgier than what she's done in the past, and it ROCKS! A must have for any Celine fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ANOTHER GREAT CD FROM CELINE

    I cannot imagine disliking ANYTHING from Celine. She like wine is getting better with time. She will be a STAR as long as she wants to be a STAR. I can recommend this album without any reservation....and also every other one....because I have them....and will always be a Celine Dion fan....!!!! Celine...YOU ARE A STAR....and I LOVE YOU.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OMG This is the best album Celine has ever done.....

    Omg i just love this album i,ve seen the recording sessions from it and so far she totally rocks. Celines voice is raw, raspy,powerful and crystal clear too she can sing anything she wants and belt out outstanding high notes that nobody can emulate. Celine is the world´s greatest female singer in recording history and this album will bring her back were she belongs at the top off the charts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Celine Dion is the shiznitt. She is undisputably the Queen of Perfection & Purity in the music business. NO ONE can match her gorgeous voice. Whitney Houston may have given Celine Dion a run for the money, but Celine & Whitney have definitely made different choices in life. Result: Celine is still GORGEOUS and at the top of her game. Whitney: not so much. "Taking Chances" is kind of a big tease, though. It is only a TASTE of what Celine Dion could become, if she really let go and embraced rock n' roll. Celine Dion -- for better or worse -- is the most insulated person in the music industry, thanks to her 100yr old husband. She's a golden bird in a gilded cage, and he makes damn sure that he holds every key. I wish Celine every happiness, but the mind reels at what amazing music she could make if she had TOTAL artistic freedom, if you catch my drift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RESERVING FINAL JUDGEMENT

    I have not bought this CD yet so I will reserve my final judgement for later...BUT, I saw Celine Dion perform the song "Taking Chances" on TV yesterday and I hate to say I thought it was the worst song I have ever heard her sing. Her voice was spectacular as always, but the song just was REALLY BAD. It was almost painful to watch her sing it. Hopefully, the rest of the CD is good. I really do love Celine!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    onething about celin is that she does it right.

    I and my feincee have choosing one of the titles for our wedding. Celine sings not just music she touches the heart the soul and the mind may the love of jesus christ be upon her and her family .Your life style should be what every holy wood should copy.

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