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Taking Chances


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 13 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000VI5CF4
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2007 album from the French/Canadian diva, a brilliant step forward for one of the most respected female vocalists of modern times. Features such songwriters and producers as John Shanks, Ben Moody (formerly of Evanescence), Linda Perry, and Ne-Yo. Features 14 new Celine classics including the first single 'Taking Chances'.

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Taking Chances is not without its daring moments--we'll get to those--but the first order of business in any review of this much-hyped record, on which Celine Dion is said to have slunk away from her songbird instincts in favor of embracing her inner rock & roll wild child, should be fan reassurance. Therefore: fear not. Taking Chances has its share of poignant, pretty ballads (both "A Song for You" and "Right Next to the Right One" are goosebump-raisers) and love songs (the hopeful, heartfelt title track, which unfolds into an anthemic power ballad midway through, may be the best one). As far as standard Celine fare goes, in fact, Chances is likely her strongest non-French outing since 2002's A New Day Has Come; nobody unfolds a lyric with more care or nuance. And, as the subtle "My Love" deftly proves, any early-career instincts to over-sing have gone poof along with her '90s-era, sweet-natured-kook persona. Because it's a generous 16 songs long, it may even be possible to ignore the non-Celine-like moments on Taking Chances and just enjoy the more fan-faithful tracks. But that wouldn't be any fun, would it? There are songs here--"Can't Fight the Feelin'," "Fade Away," "That's Just the Woman In Me"--that will astound diehards and make fans of those who've dissed her for more than a decade. If you didn't think the diva behind Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" had it in her to screech from the bottom of her soul, a la Janis Joplin, flip to track 15 and guess again. --Tammy La Gorce

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 3 2008
Format: Audio CD
The title of this album suggests that Celine might be throwing it all away and exploring new avenues on her new album, and for the most part it lives up to this assumption. "Taking Chances" is easily her best english album in ages, superbly produced and flawlessly performed. The title song (and first single) is a good indication of what you will find on this wonderful album : romantic songs written around catchy melodies, delivered over rocking arrangements. One listen to "My love", "Shadow of love", "Fade away", "This time" and "Surprise, surprise" is enough to demonstrate my point. Tracks like "New dawn" or "That's just the woman in me" also feature amazing vocal performances from Celine at her most powerful, using a bluesy tone and delivery that one might not have expected. And "Eyes on me", a middle-east influenced dance song, is a definite showstopper that proves how versatile a vocalist Celine truly is. And while she has indeed taken chances with this new album, fans of Celine will not exactly find themselves in alien territories; There are lovely ballads, such as "Right next to the right one", "Skies of L.A." and "I have nothing left", and they work very well for her. As for "A song for you", it is easily one of her best vocal performances, mostly because it is so obviously heartfelt and sincere.

This said, some of her attempts at pushing her voice in a rock area don't work for the best. Try as she might, her cover of Heart's "Alone" is simply adequate and fails to capture the original's palpable desparation - her voice soars and she hits all the right notes, but the performance itself and the production are way too clean to make it truly convincing. "Can't fight the feeling" sounds like the parody of a rock song, rather than a real one - it's like a tiger without claws or teeth.
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Not my favourite Celine Dion CD. Many of the "cuts" never went on to become hits. I wish I had been able to listen to this collection before purchasing it. Sadly, that wasn't an option. Thankfully, it was not expensive.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liam O'Malley on Oct. 28 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is one of Madame Dion's best. She is lively, upbeat, and at the same times cautious about a fictional _ for her _ new relationship. Many of us searching for the right man or woman can relate to this song, and realize the time comes where we must be "Taking Chances" to move ahead.

If we don't, we will lose out on the chance for future happiness, a point Madame Dion makes very clear in this beautiful song. Knowing Mme. Dion's music, the rest of the album will be just as good. I have already pre-ordered it, and I am no weepy man.

Celine is the diva of divas in my humble opinion, and one of Canada's best.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen on Dec 11 2007
Format: Audio CD
Taking Chances has now taken the top spot as my absolute, most favorite Celine Dion CD. The new sound is fresh and vibrant and there is not one track on this album that I don't like. This CD is a shining example of why she is the best selling female artist in history...The best voice in the world and worth every single penny. It is a true testament to her legend status that she can continually produce such quality music.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric on Dec 15 2007
Format: Audio CD
That's all I have to say. While others are worried about doing other cd's and even comebacks, especially one whom I consider the best female artist of all time, Whitney, this woman Celine has been doing the whole Las Vegas thing and puttin out a CD THE ENTIRE TIME. A Phenomenal One. Wow

She soars to new heights with her high end vocals but on the other end, reaching down into her abdomen for some of her deep ones and finding some rock roots, pretty much a first for her.

Thanks Celine
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna_P on Nov. 13 2007
Format: Audio CD
Celine definately takes chances with this unexpected departure from her usual ballads and soaring vocals. As a long time Celine fan, I need to admit that despite an amazing selection of songs and exceptional interpretation, I do miss the more classic sounds and crystal clear vocals of previous releases. That is, while the song selections are by far the best since "Falling into You", Celine tends to sing these new releases with a nasal vocal tone which can be (even for die hard fans) somewhat irritating. This is especially evident if you compare her vocal quality with the newest French release "D'Elles". I'm sure most fans will overlook this setback due to her exceptional talent and some may even enjoy the new vocal style.. Time will tell..
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Pendleton on Nov. 22 2007
Format: Audio CD
The latest album from Celine is amazing... maybe even my favourite of her carrer. She sings with a harder edge (and rocks out well doing it)on a number of the tracks, yet she also sings softer then I have ever heard from her on a couple of the ballads. The songs are all very well written and wonderfully produced, each time I listen to the disk I have a new favourite song. All in all, this is great cd full of strong songs!!!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Friedrich on Nov. 17 2007
Format: Audio CD
Never one to listen to pop music and thus not a Celine fan, however on my wife's urging I gave 'Taking Chances' a listen and thoroughly enjoyed the well-rounded and contemporary feel to this album.
No schmaltzy love songs here but a little more edge to the music, not unlike Sarah MacLaughlin.
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