New Day Has Come [Japan Bonus Track]

New Day Has Come [Japan Bonus Track]

by Céline DionCéline Dion

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Overview

Like politicians, pop superstars staging a comeback need to be on message, devising a story line and sticking to it from conception to completion. Celine Dion's message is a simple one -- one that would be evident to anybody paying the slightest bit of attention. After a ballyhooed semi-retirement following 1999's semi-collection All the Way -- a retirement where she gave birth and tended to her manager/husband's recovery from cancer -- it was time to begin a new chapter in her life, something made explicit in the title of the comeback, A New Day Has Come. Of course, the new day is the new chapter of Celine's life -- she's still a caring, loving wife and mother, but she's ready to return to music with a vigor, including a three-year stint as the main attraction at Caesars in Las Vegas. Life -- or at least opportunists -- has a way of interfering with even the best-laid plans, and the week A New Day Has Come hit the stores, it was revealed that Dion's husband was the center of a dubious civil lawsuit claiming he raped a woman in Las Vegas in the late '90s, but the delivery of the message was so strong, so well-conceived, that this barely made a dent in the media blitz (no mention of it in a USA Today cover story the day of release, for instance). No matter your musical taste, you have to admire that feat, and to a certain extent you have to admire the construction of this album, as well, since it's about as perfect as it could be. That doesn't mean it's a perfect album, but it does exactly what it should do -- it doesn't deviate from Dion's mainstream audience, yet it dips its toe into modern music, particularly dance, while subtly addressing her status as a working mom (which somehow translates as she's a survivor), while keeping hip ("Nature Boy" at the end was surely included because of its prominence in Baz Luhrmann's pandering swill, Moulin Rouge). It's savvily sequenced, too, with the radio remix of the title track arriving before the original version! It's so carefully assembled that even stumbles like the bizarre "Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable)" wash away without much effort, which is a testament to how well-made this record is. There's really nothing to fault it on, actually -- it's more ambitious than it needs to be, covers more stylistic territory than any other Dion record, while never abandoning the middle-of-the-road; it's a balancing act that nobody since Barbra Streisand has been able to pull off. If there's any problem with the record, it's that the songs just aren't that particularly memorable, even after several spins. The mood shifts effortlessly, it never seems to stay in one place, but it never catches hold, either. Surely, some of these songs will define themselves through repeated plays on the radio, but oddly the lack of memorable songs doesn't hurt A New Day Has Come much at all, since the fact that it succeeds without real songs makes it all the more impressive. That's what staying on message is all about -- delivering the surface and the overall theme without delivering in the details -- and, in 2002, Celine Dion does that better than any of her peers. [A Japanese version added a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2002
Label: Epic Japan
UPC: 4547366003239
catalogNumber: 55
Rank: 192766

Tracks

  1. I'm Alive
  2. Right in Front of You
  3. Have You Ever Been in Love
  4. Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable)
  5. New Day Has Come
  6. Ten Days
  7. Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)
  8. Prayer
  9. I Surrender
  10. At Last
  11. Super Love
  12. Sorry for Love
  13. Aun Existe Amor
  14. Greatest Reward
  15. When the Wrong One Loves You Right
  16. New Day Has Come
  17. Nature Boy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Céline Dion   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Aldo Nova   Composer
David Foster   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Martin Briley   Composer
Charlie Dore   Composer
Daryl Hall   Composer
Louis Biancaniello   Composer
Terry Britten   Composer
Richard Cocciante   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Composer
Guy Roche   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Sam Watters   Composer
Maxime le Forestier   Composer
Pascal Obispo   Composer
Tom Nichols   Composer
Anders "Bag" Bagge   Composer
Shep Solomon   Composer
Steve Morales   Composer
Andreas Carlsson   Composer
Kristian Lundin   Composer
David Siegel   Composer
Luc Plamondon   Composer
Marjorie Maye   Composer
Arnthor Birgisson   Composer
Peer Astrom   Composer
Stephan Moccio   Composer
Lionel Florence   Composer
Laila Bagge   Composer
Francis Galluccio   Composer
Patrice Guirao   Composer

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