Flying On My Own is an anthem about getting your groove back, but let’s face it, it doesn’t seem as if Celine ever lost hers: her 17-year residency in Las Vegas is the stuff of legend, as is her utterly devoted relationship with her late husband René Angélil, who passed away in 2016.
Dion hasn’t left the ballads completely behind – there are several piano-and-voice tributes to mental fortitude and personal tenacity across the album – but single Imperfections embodies the grace, sensitivity and impassioned mien for which Dion’s become one of the world’s most venerated artists. In its clip, she wipes the make-up from her face and gives a small, wry smile: courage indeed, in a world of celebrities doing everything they can to jam the ageing clock. With judicious use of electronics, gently warped vocal samples, tense cello, romantic piano and dewy synths, Courage provides a clear-sighted backdrop to the endlessly mesmerising voice of this musical icon.
Courage by Celine Dion is out now via Sony.
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