Celine Dion comes out this Friday with a new album, ‘Encore un Soir’, the only French Album for four years. And the first since the death of her husband and manager Rene Angelil Canadian superstar in January.
“More involved than ever, Celine Dion has voluntarily chosen positive themes and turned to life,” summarised Sony Music, on her new music. Combining piano ballad, pop-rock guitar and even hip-hop flavoured rhythms, the album ‘Encore un Soir’ approaches the mourning but also the reunion, the family or the joy of being alive.
Céline Dion c’est vraiment une légende
— Maughan (@justmaughan) 26 August 2016
With Cabrel and Lama
The singer unveiled in May a first title as the album entitled ‘Encore un Soir’, a poignant tribute to Angélil written and composed by her long-time collaborator Jean-Jacques Goldman . On this piece that begins with a piano-vocal ballad to end in rock crescendo, Celine Dion welcomes her life: “Life was so spoiled / I rather difficult to extinguish / Oh my God I’ve had my share. ”
But she also regrets not being able to lengthen it as she wishes with her beloved: “Another hour / A little of us, a nothing.” Several artists collaborated on this new album, including Francis Cabrel and Serge Lama who co-wrote a song, and Jacques Veneruso who has composed for her hits such as Je ne vous oublie pas and Parler à mon père .
An album in English in 2017
The slammer Grand Corps Malade , who had participated in the album Sans Attendre (2012) has also written a song for her. And Celine Dion also provides a cover of Ordinary , a success Robert Charlebois. Her collaboration with the R & B musician Zaho on two tracks offer a more modern sound. The song You’ll know contains including hip-hop and dance rhythms, recalling a sound to Stromae .
As part of a competition launched by Céline Dion last year, the title À la plus haute branche of the Quebec actor Daniel Picard was chosen by the audience from over 4,000 songs to be included on this new album. The last song on the album tells the life after death: “I tame your absence, but I will not say your name,” sings the Quebec star.
In an interview with US channel Entertainment Tonight last month, Celine Dion announced plans to release an English album next year (2017). “I’ve already started working on this album, Pink wrote me a song,” she had said, revealing that this piece, entitled Recovering , paid tribute to René Angélil.