September 11, 2007, 4:55 PM ET
Chuck Taylor, N.Y.
As the process of recording her first major studio release in four years reaches its climax, Celine Dion is already calling the upcoming "Taking Chances" her favorite English-language album. Due Nov. 13 via Columbia, the set is led by its title track, which is headed to radio imminently. The track was written by Kara DioGuardi and Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, and produced by John Shanks.
The new album certainly represents a sonic step forward for Dion, who must be eager to search out a fresh direction after singing mostly the same songs for the past four years during her sold-out "A New Day" show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Dion, husband/manager Rene Angelil and her team at Sony, including Columbia head of A&R and senior VP of operations John Doelp, spent the better part of the year sifting through literally thousands of songs. Dion took the month of July and half of August off from her residency to begin the recording process at a studio in Las Vegas.
The ballad-cum-midtempo rocker title track is likely to surprise those who typically identify Dion with her hit parade of power ballads, with its front-loaded electric guitars and a restrained vocal that, at the song's peak, roars more than soars. A video of Dion singing the track in the studio recently premiered on Amazon.com.
Other collaborators on the disc include ex-Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody, Kristian Lundin, Anders Bagge, Peer Astrom, Linda Perry, Ne-Yo and Aldo Nova.
Among confirmed tracks are a hard-driving cover of Heart's "Alone"; the Middle Eastern-flavored "Eyes on Me," produced by Lundin; "This Time," a moody percolator written by Moody with David Hodges; the ballad "A Song for You," produced by Bagge; and the blues-drenched "The Woman in Me."
Three versions of "Taking Chances" will be offered at retail: the audio CD, a double-disc CD/DVD and a CD/DVD with enhanced packaging.
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