Miracle (Celine Dion album)

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Miracle
Studio album by Celine Dion
Released October 11, 2004 (2004-10-11)
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length CD 52:31, DVD 20:00
Label Epic
Producer David Foster
Celine Dion chronology
A New Day... Live in Las Vegas
(2004)
Miracle
(2004)
On ne change pas
(2005)
Singles from Miracle
  1. "Beautiful Boy"
    Released: October 11, 2004
  2. "Miracle"
    Released: October 11, 2004
  3. "Je lui dirai"
    Released: October 11, 2004
  4. "In Some Small Way"
    Released: March 7, 2005

Miracle is a concept album credited to Canadian singer Celine Dion and Australian photographer Anne Geddes, released on October 11, 2004. It's Dion's 12th English album and 33rd in total.[1]

Album information[edit]

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 hadn't 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.

At the Juno Awards of 2005, Miracle was nominated in two categories, including Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year.[2] Dion was also nominated for the Juno Award for Artist of the Year.[2] Miracle was also nominated for the Félix Award in category Anglophone Album of the Year.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly C[5]

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."[4]

Chart success[edit]

Miracle debuted inside top 10 in many countries, reaching number one in Canada, Belgium Wallonia. It debuted at number four in the United States with 107,000 copies sold.[6] 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.

It was certified Platinum in the United States[7] and Gold in the United Kingdom,[8] France,[9] Switzerland,[10] Italy,[11] and Belgium.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Miracle"   David Foster 3:37
2. "Brahms' Lullaby"   Johannes Brahms Foster 3:32
3. "If I Could"  
Foster 4:46
4. "Sleep Tight"   Foster 4:39
5. "What a Wonderful World"   Foster 3:47
6. "My Precious One"   Foster 3:50
7. "A Mother's Prayer"   Foster 3:41
8. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"   Ewan MacColl Foster 4:10
9. "Baby Close Your Eyes"  
Foster 3:24
10. "Come to Me"   Foster 4:33
11. "Le loup, la biche et le chevalier (une chanson douce)"  
Foster 3:13
12. "Je lui dirai" (French edition bonus track) Jean-Jacques Goldman Erick Benzi 3:57
13. "Beautiful Boy"   John Lennon Foster 3:53
14. "In Some Small Way"   Foster 5:06

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Belgium (BEA)[43] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[44] Gold 111,500[45]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[46] Gold 20,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] Gold 109,963[48]
United States (RIAA)[49] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Europe October 11, 2004 Sony BMG, Columbia CD COL 518748 2 + COL 518748 9 (édition French)
CD/DVD COL 518748 7 + COL 518748 3 (édition French)
United States October 12, 2004 Epic CD 5187482
CD/DVD 5187487
Canada Sony BMG, Columbia CD 5187482
CD/DVD 5187487
Australia October 15, 2004 Sony BMG, Epic CD 5187482
CD/DVD 5187487
South Korea November 16, 2004 Sony BMG, Columbia CD CPK-3337
Japan December 22, 2004 Sony Music Japan, Epic 5187482

See also[edit]

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