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Celine Dion: 'Taking Chances'

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Released on Monday, Oct 29 2007

As anyone who caught her recent mentoring spot on The X Factor will know, Celine Dion has spent a bit too long in Vegas. After being introduced as the world's best-selling female artist – a title Madge, Mazza and Babs would be well within their rights to query – she proceeded to tell every single contestant that they had a "beautiful gift" while smiling manically and swishing around her Lassie-style barnet as though she'd just landed a L'Oreal ad. At times, it almost felt like we were watching American Idol.

Still, with her half-decade Caesars Palace residence drawing to a close next month, the whippet-thin trilling machine has sensibly returned to the recording studio. 'Taking Chances' begins in surprisingly restrained fashion, with Dion crooning softly over a near-acoustic musical backdrop, but the soft rock bombast kicks in soon enough. The guitars surge tastefully; the drums thump like they belong on a Phil Collins solo record and Dion plays the banshee to perfection. This is going to be absolutely massive in Germany.

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