Loved Me Back to Life is the 11th English-language studio album by French-Canadian singer Celine Dion. Released by Sony Music Entertainment on 1 November 2013. It is her first English album since 2007′s album Taking Chances.
The album has tracks with features from Ne-Yo and Stevie Wonder.
*The song debuted at number #26 on the Billboard’s Adult Contemporary becoming Dion’s 40th entry on this chart. It made her 5th woman with most entries on the AC chart, after Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Linda Ronstadt and Anne Murray. “Loved Me Back to Life” also landed the Hot Shot Debut on the Canadian Hot 100, coming in at number #26. It became Dion’s best debut to date on the chart and her 2nd best peak on the list, only behind 2007′s “Taking Chances.”
*Loved Me Back To Life debuted at No. 2 in the US with 77,000 copies sold in its first week, 6 years after the release of her last English-language album Taking Chances. It is Dion’s highest charting album since One Heart also bowed at No. 2 in 2003. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted directly at No. 3 with 53,000 copies sold, being Dion’s best entry since A New Day Has Come in 2002. In Dion’s native Canada, Loved Me Back to Life debuted at the top spot with first week sales of 106,000, marking her 13th No. 1 album in that country. It is also the highest one week sales total in Canada since 2008. The album proved similarly successful in international markets, debuting in the top 5 in 12 countries, top ten in 17 countries, and top twenty in 23 countries.
Track by track review:
- Love Me Back to Life – This is the perfect comeback single. Its beautifully sung and the chorus keeps you hooked to the track. Her vocals are so strong. 9/10
- Somebody Loves Somebody – She can do it all; ballads, soul and here she proves pop! 7/10
- Incredible – The first collaboration from the album. Ne-Yo is on the track there voices go so well together. The track is a beautiful R&B love ballad. I would love to hear more from these two on another track. 8/10
- Water and a Flame – Being a fan of the original version, I wasn’t sure if Celine was going to be able to do this justice but she does. Its a good cover. Not better than the original but its good. 7/10
- Breakaway – Celine doing what she does best; delivering incredible vocals on a ballad. She sounds better than ever. 7/10
- Save Your Soul – I love this. This is one of the highlights of the record. Before a minute of listening to it I knew this was going to be a favourite of mine. 8/10
- Didn’t Know Love – A little plain and boring if I’m honest. Beautiful vocals but that’s the least I’d expect from Celine. 5/10
- Thank You – Very beautiful song. There’s no other word than to describe it as that. 8/10
- Overjoyed – I expected better than this if I’m honest. Its boring and I was kind of wishing for an upbeat duet. 5/10
- Thankful – This is kind of similar to ‘Thank You’ and I feel there is only a need for one of them and that’s Thank You because the production of that is much more powerful. 5/10
- At Seventeen – Cute and sweet cover. A little bit of a nostalgic and Spring feel. 7/10
- Always Be Your Girl – Again, its beautifully sung but the song overall is boring. This album needs to have more powerful ballads than just dull numbers. 5/10
- Unfinished Songs – When the album started to get very boring and forgettable this song happens and gets me back into the mood for more Celine. This is the type of power and energy some of the other tracks are lacking. 8/10
- How Do You Keep The Music Playing – Insanely amazing vocals. 6/10
- Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) – A great album closer. It ends the mood of the album very well. 7/10
Overall album rating: 6/10
Key tracks: Love Me Back to Life, Somebody Loves Somebody, Incredible, Save Your Soul, Thank You, Unfinished Songs.