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Celine Dion

My 'Heart' To Yours

HarperThere's a new driving force in Celine Dion's career. Her $10 million contract to become the face and vocal signature of DaimlerChrysler has prompted a new album, "One Heart," just a year after her high-profile return from a two-year hiatus with "A New Day Has Come." This week's release of the new Epic set has been timed to a tee with the opening of her ambitious three-year, 600-date gig at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Musically, "One Heart" is a relaxed, even playful aural opus, centered more on expanding Dion's creative capacity than pumping out searing diva vocals. Worldwide hit "I Drove All Night" rumbles with manic fervor, while many of the remaining 13 tracks are atypically uptempo. "Love Is All We Need" showcases a glimmer of eye-winking raunch rock; "Naked" and "Reveal" are as loose and slinky as we've ever heard Dion; and the title track and "Faith" rally as giddy pop anthems. On the slower side, the affecting "In His Touch" and "Je T'aime Encore" are cast as sparse torch songs rather than monster power ballads.

"The glove fits; I'm very happy with the results," Dion says. "It's light and fun, but I also consider it more emotionally raw. There's always been a lot of control in my technique; this time, if there were tears of emotion, I let them come forward and I would follow the feeling."

For Dion, the bustling adventure ahead creates an ideal balance between family and career. "I'm the happiest I've been in my life right now," she says. "I have fans that have supported me for 23 years, and now I want to say, 'Thanks for those wings. Now, I'm opening the doors to my new home if you want to come.'"