Extra, extra, read all about it! Celine Dion sheds her Vegas mom next door dresses for a T-shirt, dirty blue jeans and closely cropped hair! No, it's not April Fool's Day. In fact this is precisely what the more than 100 million albums sold French Canadian mega-star responsible for such epic, heart wrenching delights as "My Heart Will go On (from Titanic) has done. She's actually gone and made a bona fide rock album.
You see, as it turns out when she was young, Dion actually wasn't planning on becoming the biggest selling diva sensation since Minnelli or Streisand. Like most rebellious teenagers she simply wanted to rock 'n roll! So after almost two decades spent tempering her teen spirit she's finally decided to show the world that her carefree rocking hot mama performances captured on the Divas Las Vegas CD and DVD (2002) weren't merely flash in the pan pantomimes.
The simply entitled 1 Fille and 4 Types (just one gal and four guys, geddit?) proves to be a refreshingly laid back listen, with Dion all but eschewing the saccharine ballad blueprint that earned her reputation, focussing instead on a series of uncomplicated singer songwriter rock sketches.
Kicking off with the comfortable rhythmic radio ready jaunt of "Tout l'or des hommes", the album provides a series of snapshots of a band on the road, rather than any overly slick studio sound. Downbeat early morning jangle ballad drifts ("Apprends-moi") give way to breathy acoustic sighs ("Le vol d'un ange"), upbeat country rock romps ("Ne bouges pas") and effervescent Celtic folk flavours. And the fact that every song is sung in French actually adds to the inspired aural travelogue.
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