Celine Dion is making The United Kingdom one of her focus markets. Last month, she appeared on the X Factor promoting the title-track of her latest album ‘Love Me Back To Life’, and last night, she appeared on Strictly Come Dancing to promote the follow-up single, ‘Breakaway’.
Although ‘Breakaway’ was originally recorded by German reality starlet Ivy Quainoo for her 2012 album Ivy, there is little doubt that Dion will be taking ownership of it. After all, this is what Celine Dion does best! To put it mildly, Dion is an artist that invests little time in song-writing, preferring to usurp other peoples’ work instead. The mega hits in her extensive catalogue are songs that started life as other people’s hits. Examples include ‘The Power Of Love’, ‘Natural Woman’, ‘All By Myself’, ‘I Drove All Night’, ‘Alone’, and ‘The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face’, to name a few.
That said, ‘Breakaway’ is a beautiful piano-led track. She starts out low and sultry, and as the story develops, her signature soprano emerges. The song’s orchestration is rich, Dion’s delivery is dynamic, yet she remains committed to a performance that comes from the soul. She recognises her own gift. As she told the BBC: ‘I’ve improved with age.’
In keeping with the theme of pop music in the 21st century, her voice on ‘Breakaway’ has been enhanced with auto-tune. However, its usage here is akin to sprinkling a little salt on food. It adds to the taste of the meal. Dion remains powerfully present throughout the 4 minute ballad. Despite this song not having an official music video or a physical release, I’m confident that it’ll chart within the Top 20 of most major music markets.