15 November 2019 18:37
Celine Dion celebrated the release of her 12th English-language studio album Courage on Thursday night at NYC's LIPS Drag Palace surrounded by fans and a line-up of drag queens. The album is her first since the death of her husband and manager Rene Angelil. Said Celine: "I'm so excited, and I'm so honored that you're here tonight. Dion released the video for the title track "Courage" on Thursday. The new Celine is finally here.
"I am more than thrilled," the Canadian singer said onstage at the Lips Drag Palace in New York City Thursday night at the official release party for her album Courage. "I'm so excited and I'm so honored that you're here tonight. I want to thank you so very much for your support throughout the years." "This album has been a long process." Courage marks Celine Dion's first English-language studio album in six years. To release the new album, Dion put on a karaoke night at Lips. But at around midnight, Dion came to the stage for the official announcement that her new project was live.
He'd helped pick her songs, her arrangements and her clothes, and, for better or worse, became Dion's everything. What was predictable, and warranted, was the fact that Dion's next album, "Courage," would be dedicated to mourning and un-mooring, to loss, to the universal feelings all of us have when we lose someone/anyone dear. That's Dion's role in the music world: take an intimate moment, be it a lover's kiss or a child's cry, shout it out loud, and do it with enough drama and treacle that Andrew Lloyd Webber would get a nosebleed at the very thought. Dion's best moments, be it "All by Myself" or "My Heart Will Go On," are nothing if not a combination of moody mawkishness, grandstanding theater and syrupy bombast. Beyond the twilight's last gleaming of '80s hair metal bands gasping for success, it is Celine Dion who built and maintained the power ballad as her own weapon of mush destruction.
"Wrecking Ball" co-writer and producer Stephan Moccio's anthemic title song, a teary ballad, is tenderly conversational as it turns suffering into solid matter to whom you can speak. The windswept "I Will Be Stronger" from Adele/Florence & the Machine author Eg White allows the widow Dion a chance to ruminate on her misfortune, deeply miss the man she adored, then move forward with faith and fortitude. Things begin to turn weird — yet at least stay sonically stable and in Dion's wheelhouse — with the Sia/David Guetta track, "Lying Down." Dion's voice cuts through the initially spare and then string-sawing epic,with an emotive quiver, before getting to an empowered yelp, as expected. But the lyrics find Dion telling an odd tale for a record so pointedly about losing the man she loved: "You tried to push me down, you tried to keep me possessed / I gave you my heart, you took the key / But now I paid my debt, it's time I left / And I don't need someone who makes me feel so bad / And I've just enough left to help me pack my bags / Yes, I have found something I thought I lost / I found me, I found faith, I found trust." The same is true of "Lovers Never Die," with its cracked, feelings-filled vocal emboldened by ready-to-belt-out breathiness. Then she sings "Why'd you say goodbye if lovers never die?"… "Where's the romance in this? It's obvious that you're full of it." If that set of lyrics is a genuine display of raw anger over a lover's death, it's brilliant — a Kubler-Ross stages of grief look at finality. Speaking of messiness, things go off the rails for "Courage" around this point. When she isn't doing her usual gasp for oxygen vocal tricks, "Lovers Never Die" finds Dion tackling nu-R&B with hip-pop inflections worthy of an Ariana or, worse yet, a Halsey. Dion goes for the same tween-y voice on "Imperfections." Is Celine trying to get right with a younger audience? If "The Chase" wasn't turgid enough, with attempts at fresh-faced girl pop a la Taylor Swift, and the reggae-touched (?!) "Nobody's Watching" altogether painful, the twee EDM of "Flying on My Own" will gut you. Make no mistake, we know that Dion is a darling of the Euro DJ set, and that many of her remixes are golden — that they borrow Dion's most epic qualities as a song stylist and push them into house music heaven. Save the molly for later, though: "Flying on my Own," an off-putting album starter to begin with, was written from a place of EDM, and therefore feels forced and rudderless. Unlike hearing Cher toy with the kitsch of electronic modernism until making it her mien, Dion simply sounds robotic and dull. Say what you want about Celine Dion, but dull was never one of those expressions. One could argue that "Courage" is the sound of Celine Dion unbound and unwound, ready to experiment beyond her usual theatrical soundscapes, and play in the fields with her tween chart contemporaries. At least half of the album is fantastic. Celine Dion Special By By Markos Papadatos 5 hours ago in Music Global pop music star Celine Dion released her latest studio offering, "Courage," on November 15 via Sony Music Canada/Columbia Records. Other noteworthy tracks include the crisp and soothing "Lying Down," the piano-driven title track "Courage," as well as "Imperfections," which is extremely radio-friendly. After the mid-tempo and atmospheric "Heart of Glass," it closes with the inspirational "Boundaries" and on a fitting note with the ethereal "The Hard Way," which has a retro vibe to it. Courage is available on The Verdict Overall, Celine Dion's new album Courage is superb and well-crafted. Courage garners an A rating. To learn more about Celine Dion and her new album Courage, check out her This marks her first English album in six years. Courage opens with the uptempo, powerhouse single " Flying on My Own " and it is followed by the controlled and sultry ballad "Lovers Never Die," as well as the expressive "Falling In Love Again."Other noteworthy tracks include the crisp and soothing "Lying Down," the piano-driven title track "Courage," as well as "Imperfections," which is extremely radio-friendly.After the mid-tempo and atmospheric "Heart of Glass," it closes with the inspirational "Boundaries" and on a fitting note with the ethereal "The Hard Way," which has a retro vibe to it. Equally beautiful are "Perfect Goodbye" and "Change My Mind," while "For the Lover That I Lost" is filled with melancholy and raw emotions. "I Will Be Stronger" is a liberating anthem of empowerment.Courage is available on Apple Music and Spotify Overall, Celine Dion's new album Courage is superb and well-crafted. She is able to move past loss on this stunning collection, and there are no filler tracks on this release. Courage garners an A rating.To learn more about Celine Dion and her new album Courage, check out her official website More about Celine dion, Album, Courage, Sony music, Columbia Celine dion Album Courage Sony music Columbia