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: 101682

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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Taking Chances 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great departure from norm with intriguing arrangements and production. It really doesnt get much better than this in her genre or any other. Pristine,, every note and nuiance is clear and precise. Taking Chances is great (everyone has heard it_ Listen to LA Skies, Right next to the Right One.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Jonathan1989 More than 1 year ago
Celine Dion is the most beautiful artist of all time.
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