In 2007, Céline Dion was at the height of her Las Vegas show that at that point had been extended beyond its initial three year contract. It'd been four years since she released a proper English album excluding 2004's Miracle, a collaboration between Dion and baby photographer Anne Geddes. Dion had sold out show after sold out show and was ready to take a break from the city that never sleeps. The chanteuse released Taking Chances and that she did.
Dion paired up with some of music's most notable producers including Linda Perry, Ben Moody and David Hodges, Aldo Nova, and John Shanks for an album pushing her boundaries. The result was an eclectic pop rock record with sounds Dion had not explored such as the lead single and title track "Taking Chances."
"Taking Chances" was written by Kara DioGuardi and David Stewart of the Eurythmics and the duo also recorded the song under their name Platinum Weird. It was to be released on their self-titled album that never saw the light of day so instead, they played the track for Dion's husband René Angélil who thought it would suit his wife. The song cleverly features the line, "So talk to me, like lovers do," from the Eurythmics' song "Here Comes the Rain Again," a nice touch by Stewart.
The track didn't reach heights on the charts as other previous singles by Dion but did hit No. 1 on the dance charts becoming her second overall after 1994's "Misled." It also peaked at No. 6 on the Hot AC Tracks tally giving Dion the most top 10 hits with 21 on the specific chart.
Dion took on an edgier sound across the album. "This Time," a darker song about an abuse survivor, finds the singer raging in strength. Having done several known covers in the past, this time she took on the recognizable cover of Heart's "Alone" that rather suited Dion's rock-like vocals. Taking Chances delivered her most pop rock tracks to date as heard on the anthemic "Fade Away," "Can't Fight the Feeling," and the midtempo "Surprise Surprise." "That's Just the Woman in Me," a sassy gritty song, was a track Dion had been hanging onto for 15 years waiting for the right time to record it. Dion even branched out into dance on the feel good "Shadow of Love."
There were plenty of ballad-like tunes on the album to satisfy longtime fans. "New Dawn," another cover originally by Linda Perry who wrote "My Love" for the record, was in classic Dion fashion with soaring vocals. The aforementioned "My Love" was later included on the following year's essential collection and released as a single to promote it.
Céline Dion took the record on tour around the world, her ninth major trek and her first since 1998-1999's "Let's Talk About Love World Tour" supporting the album of the same name and 1998's French record S'il Suffisait D'aimer (If Love Were Enough). The "Taking Chances World Tour" visited five countries with 73 shows in North America alone. It grossed $280.2 million and is one of the highest-grossing tours of all time. Dion set records in Canada selling out all of her Montréal shows in minutes. She then added more shows totaling 11 and bringing in over 227,000 attendees. Both an English and French setlist were released to DVD.
Listen to Céline Dion's Taking Chances in its entirety below.