Latest Celine Dion Single Erupts with Electronics
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 14:09
Every singer has a signature song. For Celine Dion, it is “My Heart Will Go On,” her 1997 song of “Titanic” proportions. Though it has been 16 years since this song established itself as a megahit, Dion has still kept at her career, releasing music in the English and French languages, racking up record sales and maintaining a Las Vegas residency for more than a decade.
Dion’s all-new English-language album, Loved Me Back to Life, is set to be released on Nov. 5, with its title track preceding it as a single. Released two weeks ago, “Loved Me Back to Life” brings Dion down a few new roads while staying in a couple old ruts.
Her new single has a few factors about it that raise an eyebrow right away. For the consummate fans, this song is like a Christmas present. For everyone else who knows her for the “Titanic” love theme or just because of her name, this new single is somewhat difficult to digest.
It is hard to stick a genre on it, first of all. An underlying repetition of “uh-uh-eye-uh-uh-eye-eye” opens the first 30 seconds with an obvious orchestra and continues intermittently throughout. Then everything shuts off like a water faucet at 30 seconds. What follows is a mixture of strings and electronics before erupting into what could be classified as dubstep.
Dion is there the whole way with her powerful range of vocals on the chorus. It is here where the listener may begin to feel a little confused. Is there any emotional appeal in this song at all, or is this just an excuse to show off Dion’s impressive vocals in song designed for wailing? Its lyrics seem a little lazy too, seeming to bolster the opinion that “Loved Me Back to Life” is meant for a vocal blowout rather than a song of a lover’s renewal.
“But you stood by my side/night after night, night after night/You loved me back to life, life/from the coma, the wait is over/You loved me back to life, life/from the coma, we’re lovers again tonight.”
Though this song marks a milestone in Dion’s career as her first English-language single in six years, it seems to have nothing singular about it. There is no opportunity to showcase instrumental talent here as the electronics pound and crush the strings in the chorus.
Dion shines, as is expected, but the lyrics can get lost in her drawing out of vowels. She crams this song with vocals, leaving any instrumentals out in the cold. This song could also prove to be difficult to do live, just because the vocals are very demanding and Dion does not get a break.
While the coming album will doubtlessly be snatched up by fans, its first single does nothing to gain Dion any new listeners. With this, “Loved Me Back to Life” seems like a battle between Dion’s vocals and the electronics behind her. At this point in her career, Dion has all the hits she needs for a roundup of her repertoire, and it would be just fine if “Loved Me Back to Life” does not make the concert list. However, her Vegas residency will almost demand its inclusion, and only time will tell how far “Loved Me Back to Life” goes.