Miracle (Celine Dion album)

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Miracle
CelineDion-Miracle.jpg
Studio album by
Released11 October 2004 (2004-10-11)
Recorded2004
GenrePop
Length
  • 52:31 (CD)
  • 20:00 (DVD)
Label
ProducerDavid 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: 11 October 2004
  2. "Miracle"
    Released: 11 October 2004
  3. "Je lui dirai"
    Released: 11 October 2004
  4. "In Some Small Way"
    Released: 7 March 2005

Miracle is the ninth English-language studio album by Canadian singer Celine Dion, released by Columbia on 11 October 2004. It is a concept album credited to Dion and Australian photographer Anne Geddes.[1] The songs were produced by David Foster. Miracle topped the chart in Canada and Belgium Wallonia, and reached top five in the United States, United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands. It was certified Platinum in the US, and Gold in various countries.

Content and release[edit]

Miracle is a part of a CD-and-book multimedia collection, with Dion's music providing the soundtrack to Geddes's 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 cover versions 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's "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's 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.

Singles[edit]

"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 accompanying music videos.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC[3]

Miracle was 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".[2]

Commercial performance[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.[4] 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[5] and Gold in the United Kingdom,[6] France,[7] Switzerland,[8] Italy,[9] and Belgium.[10] Three months after its release, the Miracle CD has sold more than two million copies worldwide. The book/CD/DVD package has also been successful, reaching 500,000 copies sold.[11]

Accolades[edit]

At the Juno Awards of 2005, Miracle was nominated in two categories, including Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year.[12] Dion was also nominated for the Juno Award for Artist of the Year.[12] Miracle was also nominated for the Félix Award in category Anglophone Album of the Year.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by David Foster, except "Je lui dirai" by Erick Benzi.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Miracle"3:37
2."Brahms' Lullaby"Johannes Brahms3:32
3."If I Could"
4:46
4."Sleep Tight"4:39
5."What a Wonderful World"3:47
6."My Precious One"3:50
7."A Mother's Prayer"3:41
8."The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"Ewan MacColl4:10
9."Baby Close Your Eyes"
3:24
10."Come to Me"4:33
11."Le loup, la biche et le chevalier (une chanson douce)"3:13
12."Je lui dirai" (French edition bonus track)Jean-Jacques Goldman3:57
13."Beautiful Boy"John Lennon3:53
14."In Some Small Way"5:06

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[49] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[51] Gold 111,500[50]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[52] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[54] Gold 109,963[53]
United States (RIAA)[55] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Europe 11 October 2004 Columbia CD
  • 5187482
  • 5187489 (French edition)
CD/DVD
  • 5187487
  • 5187483 (French edition)
United States 12 October 2004 Epic CD 5187482
CD/DVD 5187487
Canada Columbia CD 5187482
CD/DVD 5187487
Australia 15 October 2004 Epic CD 5187482
CD/DVD 5187487
Japan[56] 22 December 2004 SMEJ CD EICP-464

See also[edit]

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