Adult contemporary is the Bermuda triangle of music genres. Once you enter its seemingly serene waters, you’re never heard from again – at least on pop radio, the all-important key to chart glory. It wasn’t always like that. Celine Dion spent most of her career making soaring ballads and gentle mid-tempo jams and radio happily played along. She eventually fell out of favor with programmers at the turn of the millennium, presumably because her sound was considered outdated, and has been trying to remedy the situation ever since.
Much of the buzz surrounding Loved Me Back To Life, the big-lunged diva’s 11th English language studio album, has centered on the eclectic producers and songwriters. In truth, Celine has been tweaking her sound for years. On 2007’s underrated and appropriately titled Taking Chances, for example, she worked with The-Dream, Linda Perry and Tricky Stewart. While the LP has many highlights, it is uneven and felt like a slightly unnatural fit. Dion doggedly tries again this time around with considerably better results. More »