Celine Dion, coming to an EDM festival near you.
Of all the directions Céline Marie Claudette Dion could have opted to go musically in 2019, dance-pop probably wouldn’t have been the most obvious choice.
“Flying On My Own” is the first taste of the iconic Canadian chanteuse’s upcoming album Courage due out in November.
The album marks her first release since the finale of her near-eternal (16 year) residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and her first English-language studio album since her 2013 effort, Loved Me Back to Life. (The Sia-penned title track and lead single off of that album remains major.)
The song was penned by Liz Rodrigues, Anton Mårtensson, and prolific Swede-pop purveyor Jörgen Elofsson, responsible for everything from Britney‘s “(You Drive Me) Crazy” and “Sometimes” to A*Teens legend Marie Serneholt‘s debut solo album, Enjoy The Ride. (Legends only, truly.)
Mercifully erring away from schmaltz, but never far from camp, Celine takes flight on the winds of change – namely, pulverizing beat drops – as she delivers yelp after almighty yelp of self-empowered, reinvigorated energy.
It’s a convincing cut – not only because Celine is one of the few who can deliver an epic howl like that, but because her own personal circumstances (the loss of her husband René Angélil three years ago, specifically) add substantial weight to the words “I’m flying on my own.”
As the voice behind some of the greatest love songs and ballads of our time – “The Power of Love,” “Because You Loved Me” – and, yes, “My Heart Will Go On” from the little known 1998 indie film Titanic, among others – Celine could have easily sung something much sweeter and sentimental to usher in this new era.
Instead, she’s opted to go forward into the unknown with a surging solo statement – and with a song that matches the energy of her endearingly insane on-stage (and off-stage) mannerisms.
A new era of Celine is upon us. Vous êtes prêts? Allons-y!
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