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Dion, Celine - 1990 Unison



ARTIST: Dion, Celine
ALBUM: Unison
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: 467203 2
YEAR: 1990

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Celine Dion - lead vocals * Paul Pesco, Charles Fearing, Phil Palmer, Michael Landau, Paul Jackson, Jr - guitars * Tom Keane, Cliff Magness, Randy Kerber, Robbie Buchanan, Steve Pigott, David Foster, Wix, Andy Goldmark, John Barnes - keyboards * Cliff Magness, Randy Kerber, Robbie Buchanan, Dave Boruff, Rick Bowen, Tom Keane, Michael Boddicker - synthesizer programming * Paul Bliss - keyboard programming * Fran Manzella, Dave Dachinger - programming * John Barnes - synclavier, vocoder * Freddie Washington, Randy Jackson, Steve Pigott, Wix - bass * Andy Goldmark - bass synthesizer * Jeff Porcaro, Steve Pigott, Andy Duncan, Paul Bliss - drums * Steve Pigott, Andy Duncan, Michael Boddicker, Biti 'Beat Box' Strauchn, Dave Reitzas - percussion * Alan Carvell, Linda Taylor, Christopher Neil, Fonzi Thornton, Tom Keane, David Foster, Paul Bliss - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 If There Was Any Other Way * 02 If Love Is Out Of The Question * 03 Where Does My Heart Beat Now * 04 The Last To Know * 05 I'm Loving Every Moment WIth You * 06 Love By Another Name * 07 Unison * 08 I Feel Too Much * 09 If We Could Start Over * 10 Have A Heart

WEBLINKS: www.celinedion.com


Background
She's not the first woman I would've considered putting on this website, but considering that esteemed and now long forgotten fanzine 'Boulevard' reviewed this album back in 1990, why now GD? After all, there are a bunch of compelling reasons why, despite Celine's stellar success since this album was released. Let's start with a few reasons. Firstly, this was her first English speaking record. Second, the involvement of many great musicians found regularly throughout the AOR universe, check the lineup. Third, many of these songs have also been written by outside talent, and fourth, and most importantly, 'Unison' qualifies unequivocally as an AOR record, with loads of keyboard and synth sheen and electric guitar polish. I'm not going to bore you all with a rewrite of Celine's history before and after. We all know who she is and what she's done since. All power to her! Go to Wikipedia - read it there. Let's get into the songs.


The Songs
'If There Was Any Other Way' written by British singer/songwriter Paul Bliss, is the lead off track, a useful number, more of an entree of what was to come.

'If Love Is Out Of The Question' is another Bliss co-write, a track geared for radio, a mid-tempo affair with loads of synth layers and vocal harmonies scattered throughout.

'Where Does My Heart Beat Now' is the major hit song off the album. Most of us will remember the original video, where she stood like a statue on the stage. Sublime vocals, the whole thing carried off in the same way as Michael Bolton did with the material off 'Time Love And Tenderness'.

'The Last To Know' is my favourite off the album. A gorgeous synth laden ballad with the indecisive 'lover in love' styled balladry a recipe that would net Dion millions in the next few years.

'I'm Loving Every Moment With You' touches a mild jazzy strain with West Coast ideals, a nice combination which works wonders here. The song was co-written by Tom Keane, Tyler Collins and ex Carerra member Eric Pressley.

'Love By Another Name' is a bit of a disaster really, big percussion, hi-tech madness, sort of like a white girls Janet Jackson, in my opinion this should've been left off the album, but because it was co-written by David Foster, that was never gonna happen, considering he produced the track too.

'Unison' is another track that doesn't totally convince. It might be great as a dance flavoured track, but that's about it.

'I Feel Too Much' sounds as if it's five years too late, a track that would've worked wonders on MTV in 1985, not 1990. Admittedly it does have some nice segments to it, over-produced to overkill levels in the studio.

Much better is the rock ballad 'If We Could Start Over', the sort of thing that Cher was doing around this era. I can relate to this more than the previous tracks. I wonder if it's because the song was written by Stan Meissner, one of AOR's master craftsmen!

'Have A Heart' was written by Aldo Nova and Billy Steinberg, their trademark touches very apparent on this lovely AOR song.


In Summary
With that review over and done with, I can safely assure you that this will be the one and only Celine Dion article to be found on this site. Not out of any disrespect to the lady, but her following albums move quite some way away from our favourite sub-genre, but as I said I respect her a lot. Maybe one day she might want to release another 'rock' oriented album after all the sugary pap she's released since 'Unison'. For that to happen, we'd need to see miracles, or perhaps another Michael Bolton rock/AOR classic released ahead of it! Sure, and pigs can fly!


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#1 | Explorer on December 07 2013 08:18:05
A pleasant surprise to find this album reviewed here,I,'ve always rated this album and I too wish that she would record another album in this vein as I think her voice is perfectly suited to AOR.
 
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