For much of "Loved Me Back to Life" (Columbia), Celine Dion is virtually unrecognizable. Maybe it's her six years away from recording English-language albums. Maybe it's her cadre of young collaborators, from Sia and Ne-Yo, who duets on the sleek "Incredible," to Avicii's pal Audra Mae. Whatever the case, Dion has stripped away her vocal tics and a tendency to overwhelm songs with her powerful voice and opted to, well, play it cool. Her version of Daniel Merriweather's "Water and a Flame" is subtle, yet still stunning, taking cues from Adele, who guested on the original and may have taught Dion that less can really be more.
"Loved Me Back to Life"
THE GRADE B+
BOTTOM LINE She's really "Taking Chances" now