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"Courage" Céline Dion

by Gio Battaglia | 89.1 The Point
Fri, Dec 13th 2019 10:00 am

Céline Dion went experimental on this album, and she did not disappoint. Her latest album, “Courage,” her first English album in six years, features sounds that may not typically come from the artist who is most known for her Academy Award winning “My Heart Will Go On” and the beauty that is “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.” Dion’s angelic and soft voice is surprisingly perfect for all the genres she dabbles in this album — pop, dance, electronic, all of the attempts made by Dion and her writers are a success, I did not expect to love this album as much as I did. 

I recommend everyone to dedicates some time to listen to this album because it will make you think of Dion through a completely new lens. While being an album absent of any features, Dion has worked with some pretty familiar faces on this album for the songwriting elements. “Lying Down,” a song that I marked down, is completely written by Skylar Grey. 

Sam Smith gets credited on the album with their compositions on “For the Lover That I Lost,” Sia writes three songs on this album and has her backup vocals featured on “Lying Down”— also produced by David Guetta, a collaboration that I would have never thought would work so well together.However, this is a track that can be replayed many times without losing the spark it has upon the initial listen. 

The timing under which Dion and her team released this album is impeccable. A alot of people during the fall season look for things that are more focused upon a softer sound, focusing on strings and piano, and it would not be a Céline Dion album without her piano ballads where she lets her voice resonate. 

The album cuts shine brighter than the singles that were picked for it. I think her promotion team was trying to push the fact  Dion has been able to adapt to music that is popular now, but is definitely not what the whole album represents. 

Dion represents herself in a soul-baring way through these songs, most are likely inspired by the passing of her husband and the toll that took on her emotions.Songwriters were able to wrap around writing these songs about, and throughout this album, I feel as if Dion is singing directly to me and I think the music industry needed an emotional album, and that is exactly Dion gives after almost 40 years of albums and performances. 

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