Friday, October 01, 2010

Céline Dion - Taking Chances

After exposing you all to the filth that is Wendy Ho, I thought I should raise the bar by featuring someone cutting edge and alternative. But I decided to go with Céline Dion instead. Sorry. The thing is - I was contemplating what to choose for my Friday flashback and couldn't think of a better alternative than "Taking Chances". Which is strange because Céline and I have a strained relationship. Years of listening to my mum belt out "My Heart Will Go On" while doing the ironing have left deep psychological scars that are yet to heal. Furthermore, the diva's post-90s output leaves a lot to be desired. That is with one glorious exception. "Taking Chances" is the best song the Canadian legend has ever recorded. And I'm convinced it would have been a huge #1 hit - if it was recorded by anyone else. Instead, it only peaked at #60 in Australia and just scraped into the UK top 40. What a disgrace! Not only does Céline take to the pop/rock genre like a surgeon's knife to Heidi Montag's face, the lyrics ring true and the big, bold chorus is a thing of great beauty. I love rocking out to "Taking Chances" while I'm driving (yes, I really am that gay!) and the song has some great remixes. It should be noted that Céline's jam is actually a cover. Platinum Weird (ie. Kara Dioguardi and Dave Stewart) do a great job on the original but the song needed a big set of pipes. And the presence of an aging gay icon with a really, really bad wig. Speaking of which, Céline really ups the glamour stakes in the amazing video clip. Unfortunately, I can't embed that extravaganza on the blog - so you'll have to make do with this fabulous montage of live performances. My favourite bit is Céline's bizarre dance at 1:25 minutes. Stunning!

12 comments:

The Prophet said...

I can't stand Celery Dijon and I've always disliked her, but I love Taking Chances and the whole album. I actually own it legally.

tidusin said...

At first I hated this song, especially because of that pitch changing on the chorus, around the second phrase...

Now I'm used to it and I fucking love it. Awesomeness all over Canada. And don't forget, she's Mufasa's impersonator on the cover!

shane said...

Not going to give Dulta a tiny bit of praise for co-writing the far superior 'should have been number one for weeks' song Eyes On Me?

Mariah said...

what a coincidence! I was listening to "Alone" yesterday. I'll check this out, thanks!

D'luv said...

I was in NYC when this was released, and my friend bought it at the now shuttered Union Square Virgin Megastore. And while he played it the whole week at the hotel, I sat unimpressed, reading the Gary Barlow autobiography on a park bench.

John said...

I'm not a huge fan of the superfreak known as Celine, but I've always had a soft spot for this track. Maybe she'll make something like this again after she's done singing about babies.

Martin said...

Shadow of Love needed to be released as a single. It's never fails to elicit a wet patch.

Anonymous said...

amazing song!!

Mike said...

"Eyes On Me" is not good!!

But I agree about "Shadow of Love". Stunning Celine should have released a nude video to accompany it. I'm thinking #1 for 10 weeks!

Celine's bitch said...

Such an underrated album!!

BruDé said...

This is a very good album, but I still prefer Falling Into You, or her french album 'Incognito', more fun ...

Diva Incarnate said...

How did I not know you reviewed this? I need to pay more attention!