This is the album that Celine Dion should have offered upon emerging from her extended recording hiatus last year.

This is the album that Celine Dion should have offered upon emerging from her extended recording hiatus last year. The relaxed, almost unassuming One Heart offers a well-measured blend of the contemporary pop that will keep Dion commercially relevant and also provides her signature grand balladry. She loses a few points for retreading a couple of songs from last year's A New Day Has Come, but she compensates by performing the set's new material with more soul and natural passion than ever before. Dion is particularly strong on the percolating title cut (a vibrant, infectious future hit helmed by Kara DioGuardi and John Shanks), as well as on the gently percussive, deliciously romantic "In His Touch." One Heart may not crackle with the noise of an "event" record, but it succeeds at something far more important: It is a fine piece of music.—LF