All The Way to the Top

By Khanyisa Dwane

Celine Dion, a musician. Born March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. She started performing at the age of five, singing at piano bars and at 12 years she recorded a demo tape that she had written with her mother of which landed her to have  a manager René Angelil who is now her husband. She sings powerful pop ballads. Here are some of her recent albums: a holiday album, these special times, Céline Dion, The Colour of My Love, Let’s talk about Love, (The voice of God), Unison, and All the way…A decade of song, the album on discussion.

The album All the way…A decade of song has sixteen tracks: “The Power of love”, “If you asked me to”, “Beauty and the Beast”,”Sola Otra Vez”, “Because you loved me”, “It’s all coming back to me now”, “To love you more”, “My heart will go on”, “I’m your Angel”(duet with R.Kelly)”,That’s the way it is”, “If walls could talk”, “The first time ever I saw Your face”, “All the way” (duet with Frank Sinatra),”Then you look at me”, “I want you to need me” and “Live(for the one I Love)”.

Celine Dion’s music fuses perfectly, youthful yet elegant at the same time. Her songs are mostly a token and declaration of love. Known for her high perfect pitches and potent vocals, Celine never dissapoints.Her tunes are original yet every album, including this one, is unique in its own way. Her genre of music, Ballad, is a form of verse often a genre narrative set to music. Her songs in this album are reflection to this. All the way… A decade song is Dion’s most focused album and some songs give out her strengths, one in particular is “My heart will go on” where she ascends strongly after two introductory verses.

The crescendo heard is perfectly sung harmonically with powerful notes reflecting the message and lyrics of the song (undying love, I should say) the song is slow and peaceful yet powerful just like the voice of the singer. Another song that sets out Celine’s strong voice quality is “I’m your angel” a duet with RNB singer R.Kelly. The song conveys a message of everyday obstacles that people encounter and gives faith to those who’ve lost hope. The vocals are splendid with a fuel of African American gospel sounds heard from the back-up singers in the chorus of the song. In her other song “that’s the way it is” she brings upbeat and lively rhythms. The song is a perfect sing-along piece and a welcoming up-tempo number.

This album is a collection of Celine’s most memorable songs. It consists of seven new songs and nine hits mentioned in the beginning.  One of the songs is “All the way- a decade song,” collaboration with Frank Sinatra. A view for it is found here:

The album became a commercial success throughout the globe earning Celine yet more fans. It peaked at number one in every major music market in the Globe and sold 7,968,000 copies in the United States as of September 11, 2011 according to Nielsen SoundScan.The album is available on album Video and DVD


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