We all know who Celine Dion is; She’s been around for years, had countless number one’s, won countless awards and still looks absolutely stunning at 45 years old. So let’s get past all the stuff that we already know about her and get down to the nitty gritty – can her new single Water and a Flame live up to her glorious past?
Being her third single from recent album Loved Me Back to Life, you would think that the quality may start to lack, but it doesn’t, Water and a Flame is actually one of the strongest tracks on the record, showing the amount of quality on there. Her vocals are still effortlessly wonderful as you’d expect and shows that these younger pop stars could still learn a thing or two from her.
The single wouldn’t feel out of place as an old-school bond theme. Featuring harp, violin, and a distinct 70’s feel, it bears a slight resemblance to Elton John’s Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word, but not enough to make it apparent. This makes the song a perfect match for Celine, and allows her to use her full range of vocal talents.
One thing that some people may notice is the songs sombre tone. It’s about differences and how they can affect relationships; chalk and cheese, hot and cold, ice and fire – these could all have been titles for the track considering its content. “I’m tired of this empty house, I made a drink to get me out, a couple more till I forget your name” sings Celine in noticeably darker lyrics. This works well however; with the amount of songs Dion’s released it’s nice to see her travel into a different territory.
The track features a nice middle section with great use of violin and bass to break up the song, and the usual classic vocal wailings which Dion is renowned for. It might not be anything cutting edge, but with a classic feeling song like this, if it’s put together properly, it doesn’t need it. Water and a Flame shows Dion is still on top of the world, and deservedly so.