Taking Chances

Taking Chances

by Céline DionCéline 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. 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2007
Label: Imports
UPC: 0886972034126
catalogNumber: 744881
Rank: 108171

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Céline Dion   Primary Artist
Aldo Nova   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,electronic percussion
Michael Thompson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Lee Blaske   Strings
Jeff Bova   Strings
Patrick Leonard   Keyboards
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
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   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
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
Tino Izzo   Composer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
John Doelp   Executive Producer
Lars Fox   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
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
Thaddis Harrell   Composer

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