Celine Dion – Sans Attendre (2012)

From the first few notes of lead single and album opener “Parler A Mon Pere,” this album by the legendary Quebecois singer is a reminder of how sonically potent her French output has always been. There are noticeable differences between her English and French songs, notably that her French music tends to gravitate towards a mixture of radio-friendly adult contemporary mixed with hook-heavy folk, and the same is true here: Tracks like “Le Miracle,” “Qui Peut Vivre Sans Amour?” and “Attendre” highlight Dion’s smooth, sophisticated vocals and delivery, and while the music never fades into the background in favor of the vocals, this is still a recognizably Celine Dion album in both sound and focus. It’s a charming, effective and satisfying sixteen-track album with many surprises, in particular her cover of Jacques Brel’s “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” on which Dion proudly displays her vocal dexterity by bringing down her tempo and walking away with one of most interesting recordings in the process.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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