I have to begin by saying how much I have enjoyed your music throughout the years. There were nights when the winds were so cold that all I had was your beautiful pipes. I was your man and it’s all because you loved me.
But where does my heart beat now?
It’s hard to say. I purchased your latest release (on vinyl), Loved Me Back to Life, and was left……alone. I see what you are trying to do with the album, or at least what your producers are trying to do. I’m sure they feel you need to be more commercial so you can add a few more notches to your string of hits.
I just want what is best for you. I have loved you through each album, which has been extremely easy, until now. Where is that soaring note? Where is that demanding tone? Where is that moving spirit?
Now don’t get me wrong, there are some fair songs on this album. I did enjoy your duet with Ne-Yo, “Incredible” and “Water and a Flame,” both on side A. Side B just left me scratching my head, but I did enjoy the Stevie Wonder duet, “Overjoyed.” There are some beautiful ballad type songs on there, but where’s that climatic note that soars for 30 seconds? I couldn’t find it.
And let’s just be honest, your not R&B, which is where this album seems to hover while teetering on dance pop. Maybe it is not always wise to start taking chances. You’re the vocal queen of pop and are able to sing any song set before you. With that being said, that doesn’t mean you should.
But don’t worry Celine, you will always be my lady. I’ll still buy the next album the first day it comes out and I hope to catch you one day in concert, even if I have to drive all night.
My heart will go on.