Taking Chances - Celine Dion
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  • Summary: Her first English-language album since 2003 includes songs written by the Eurythmics' David A. Stewart, Linda Perry, and Ne-Yo.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Packing an emotional wallop, Chances should quash critics who insist that Dion's voice is stainless steel.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. It's cool that Dion can mimic everyone from Shakira to Sam Phillips...but her appalling Janis Joplin impression is a Chance too far. [16 Nov 2007, p.76]
  5. The laborious 16-track record purportedly finds the queen of adult contemporary-turned-Vegas attraction taking chances by modernizing her treacly power ballad sound with lots of overdubbed guitars and of-the-moment collaborators.
  6. The album is also comfortably ignorant of the times. With its feathery production and common pop arrangements, it could have come out in 1996.
  7. Alas, her cat-strangling whine is still a remarkably ugly sound, no matter what she's singing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. May 12, 2013
    It is a really good album. She tried to do something different, and that is what she did. The sound and lyrics are brilliant, the only problem is the too long length of the album. I think she could did a masterpiece without so many songs. Expand
  2. May 25, 2012
    This is a great album. Her voice in this album is really good. The tracks are good and I can really connect to it. I don't understand why some users gave it a 0 or 1. All I know is...this is a great one from Celine Dion............. Expand

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