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Celine Dion's 'Loved Me Back to Life' review: Diva plays it cool

"Loved Me Back to Life" by Celine Dion. Photo Credit: Handout

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.


CELINE DION

"Loved Me Back to Life"

THE GRADE B+

BOTTOM LINE She's really "Taking Chances" now

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