Even a single-themed Mommy album shows Celine Dion's enduring potency at retail, walloping The Billboard 200 with an unexpected No.

Even a single-themed Mommy album shows Celine Dion's enduring potency at retail, walloping The Billboard 200 with an unexpected No. 4 debut this issue. "Miracle," which accompanies the coffee-table book by famed children's photographer Anne Geddes, is intended as a collection of love songs from mother to child. That means that throughout, production is soothing and dewy: no colossal choruses or booming bridges—which, to dedicated fans, may prove to be a letdown. Several songs have been heard elsewhere and others are studio versions of those Dion performs in her Las Vegas show. Still, she scores points for some mighty heartfelt performances, among them a sprightly cover of John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy," the handsome "If I Could" and the inauspiciously endearing title cut. This is definitely a "little" album with specific intentions, but Dion puts her heart in every note, giving "Miracle" a glow as pure and warm as a newborn.—CT

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