Miracle (Celine Dion album)
|Studio album by Céline Dion|
|Released||October 11, 2004
(see release history)
|Genre||Pop, adult contemporary|
|Length||CD 52:31, DVD 20:00|
|Céline Dion chronology|
|Singles from Miracle|
Miracle is a concept album credited to Canadian singer Céline Dion and Australian photographer Anne Geddes, released on October 11, 2004. It's Dion's 8th English album and 33rd in total. According to Billboard, Miracle is the 11th Best Selling Kids Album of the 2000s. In the 2005 Grammy Awards, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children. 
Miracle is a part of a CD-and-book multimedia collection, with Dion's music providing the soundtrack to Geddes' pictorial book celebrating the joy of babies. The songs were produced by David Foster, who had not worked with Dion since 1999.
Among tracks on the album are remakes of John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy," Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World," Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," Johannes Brahms' "Brahms' Lullaby," Nancy Wilson's "If I Could," Henri Salvador's "Le loup, la biche et le chevalier (une chanson douce)," and Carol Welsman's "Baby Close Your Eyes."
All other tracks are original songs such as the title track, which was written in 2001 for A New Day Has Come to celebrate the birth of Dion's son René-Charles, but the song was never published on that album.
Some tracks were previously released on Dion's albums, including "Brahms' Lullaby" on These Are Special Times and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" on All the Way... A Decade of Song. Live performances of "If I Could" and "What a Wonderful World" were available on A New Day... Live in Las Vegas. "A Mother's Prayer" is a solo version of "The Prayer," a duet with Andrea Bocelli from These Are Special Times. "Le loup, la biche et le chevalier (une chanson douce)" was performed live by Dion and Henri Salvador in October 2003, during the taping of 1 fille & 4 types TV special. However, this duet version wasn't included on any album.
Miracle was released in three different formats: CD; CD/DVD plus 60-page booklet; and 180-page hardcover book plus CD/DVD. "Je lui dirai," available previously on 1 fille & 4 types, was included as a bonus track in Francophone countries.
"Beautiful Boy" was released as the first single in North America and some parts of Europe. It was followed by "In Some Small Way" in the United States and Canada. "Je lui dirai" was released as a single in Francophone countries, while the title track was issued as a single in the United Kingdom and parts of Asia. All these songs were released as radio singles without accompaying music videos.
Miracle met with mixed reviews. Allmusic said that "it's the quietest record Dion has recorded in a while, an unabashed adult contemporary album that keeps its gentle mood from start to finish, as if it were a prolonged lullaby. Dion tempers her vocal histrionics considerably — she still soars to the high notes, but there are no pyrotechnics, no showboating here — which serves this collection of standards and new songs quite well."
Miracle debuted inside top 10 in many countries, reaching number one in Canada, Belgium and Wallonia. It debuted at number four in the United States with 107,000 copies sold. It also debuted in the fourth position in France and the Netherlands, number five in the United Kingdom, number six in Switzerland and number 9 in Greece. Miracle set a record in the United States, spending 18 consecutive weeks at the top position on the Billboard Top Kid Audio chart.
The album sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide in just three months after its release. It was certified platinum in the United States and gold in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Belgium.
|1.||"Miracle"||Steve Dorff, Linda Thompson||3:38|
|2.||"Brahms' Lullaby"||Johannes Brahms||3:32|
|3.||"If I Could"||Ken Hirsch, Marti Sharron, Ron Miller||4:47|
|4.||"Sleep Tight"||Richard Page, Jon Lind, John Lahng||4:40|
|5.||"What a Wonderful World"||George David Weiss, Bob Thiele||3:48|
|6.||"My Precious One"||Peer Åström, Stephanie Bentley||3:52|
|7.||"A Mother's Prayer"||David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager||3:43|
|8.||"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"||Ewan MacColl||4:09|
|9.||"Baby Close Your Eyes"||Carol Welsman, Romano Musumarra||3:25|
|10.||"Come to Me"||Beverley Mahood, Thomas Wade||4:36|
|11.||"Le loup, la biche et le chevalier (une chanson douce)"||Maurice Pon, Henri Salvador||3:14|
|12.||"Je lui dirai" (French bonus track)||Jean-Jacques Goldman||3:57|
|13.||"Beautiful Boy"||John Lennon||3:53|
|14.||"In Some Small Way"||Page, David Tyson||5:06|
|Limited edition bonus DVD|
|1.||"The Making of Miracle"||20:00|
Charts and certifications
|Europe||October 11, 2004||Sony BMG, Columbia||CD||COL 518748 9|
|CD/DVD||COL 518748 7|
|United States||October 12, 2004||Epic||CD||5187482|
|Canada||Sony BMG, Columbia||CD||5187482|
|Australia||October 15, 2004||Sony BMG, Epic||CD||5187482|
|South Korea||November 16, 2004||Sony BMG, Columbia||CD||CPK-3337|
|Japan||December 22, 2004||Sony Music Japan, Epic||5187482|
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- Australian Albums Chart
- Austrian Albums Chart
- Belgian Flanders Albums Chart
- Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart
- Canadian Albums Chart
- Czech Albums Chart
- Danish Albums Chart
- Dutch Albums Chart
- European Albums Chart
- French Albums Chart
- IFPI Germany
- Greek Albums Chart
- Hungarian Albums Chart
- Italian Albums Chart
- "Celine Dion album sales ranking" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
- New Zealand Albums Chart
- Polish Albums Chart
- Portuguese Albums Chart
- Spanish Albums Chart
- Swedish Albums Chart
- Swiss Albums Chart
- UK Albums Chart
- Billboard 200
- Top Kid Audio
- Top Internet Albums
- Top Music Video