Q - 2/02, pp.121-23 stars out of 5
- "By '93 and her 3rd album in English, Team Celine was established. In the backroom, streamlined songsmiths Diane Warren & Albert Hammond. In the studio a slew of power-pop producers...and above it all is that overwhelming, near-nuclear voice..."
Personnel includes: Celine Dion (vocals); Aldo Nova, Bob Mann, Tim Renwick, Michael Thompson, Dean Parks (guitar); Peter Zizzo, (guitar, background vocals); Andre Proulx (violin); David Foster (piano, keyboards); Walter Afanasieff (keyboards, Hammond B-3 organ, programming); Guy Roche (keyboards, drums); Russ Desalvo (keyboards); John Pierce (bass); Jimmy Greco, Jimmy Bralower (drums); Steve Piggo (drums, keyboards, programming); Lenny Castro (percussion); Simond Franglen, Claude Gaudette (programming); Maria Christensen, Lajuan Carter, Eddie Stockley, Earl Robinson (background vocals).
Producers: Walter Afanasieff, David Foster, Ric Wake, Christopher Neil, Guy Roche.
Engineers include: Humberto Gatica, David Reitzas, Bob Cadway.
"The Power Of Love" was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
Celine Dion, the Canadian Streisand of the '90s, spirals her spectacular voice through a fourteen-song set of pop ballads, MOR rockers, and soul-stirrers.
In "Misled" and "Lovin' Proof" she is more gritty and expressive than most R&B divas. She can also turn soothingly romantic, as in the restrained title track, and in the #1 duet "When I Fall In Love" (from the SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE soundtrack). The chart-topping "The Power Of Love" and "Only One Road" are two cuts of many which squarely place Celine on equal footing with Whitney Houston as one of music's power balladeers. "Refuse To Dance" is a quirky anti-dance song, almost at home on the modern rock charts with its rebellious lyric, a raging violin solo, and Dion's elastic soprano.
The disc is filled with radio-friendly songs, executed by a skillful singer whose enthusiasm is effectively controlled. Her vocals are not over-wrought, although she certainly has the chops to sing any other vocalist under the table. Dion is in command of her material, sometimes transcending the song itself with the sheer power of her voice.