Reviewing Celine Dion And Mandy Moore’s New Albums

Celine Dion '1 fille & 4 types' album cover

Contributed by Madfan:
Two CDs are constantly playing in my CD player at the moment for the past couple of weeks: ’s “1 fille & 4 types” and ’s “Coverage.”

“1 fille & 4 types” is Celine’s first all-French CD in five years. Now I don’t understand a word of French, but the songs in this CD just speak to one’s heart. Celine, as we all know, is a fantastic singer/vocalist, but she does annoy some people with her English songs. They should hear Celine sing in her native tongue: it’s simply hypnotic and you know that it’s truly heartfelt. Don’t expect the usual “My Heart Will Go On”-type ballads in “1 fille & 4 types” though. Accompanied by top 4 French-Canadian artists – Jacques Veneruso, Erick Benzi, master guitarist Gildas Arzel and superstar Jean-Jacques Goldman – Celine’s latest offering is guitar-driven and has a grungy and alternative rock feel to it (beginning with its cover art). There’s no dull moment in this CD, no fillers – each song is beautiful, well-crafted and produced.

Lesson: Artists like Celine Dion are respected and continue to sell. They also have a solid fan base. Unlike other aging and fading (or faded) divas like Madonna and Mariah Carey, Celine Dion remains at the top of her game because she concentrates on giving her admirers quality and good music. She does not compromise her integrity as an artist by yielding to what’s in with the younger generation and trying genres that doesn’t suit her. In this way, she has attained and maintained the respect of all demographic.

“Coverage,” on the other hand, as we all know, is Mandy Moore’s album of remakes. like Dion’s latest CD, this album, from it’s artwork (which is reminiscent of those old LPs from the 70s) to each of the songs, is simply beautiful and well-made. Mandy Moore’s voice is also nice to hear: it’s beautiful and soothing to the ears. She’s no Christina Aguilera on the vocal gymnastics side, but she can sing – and beautifully at that. Like Celine’s CD, this album has no fillers – all the songs are great, though her versions of “Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters,” “Drop The Pilot,” and “Breaking Us In Two” really stand out. Mandy continues to amaze and impress us.

Lesson: Mandy Moore, like Christina Aguilera, started out as a blonde Britney Spears wanna-be in the late 90s. Thanks to wise career moves and image make-over, Mandy has distanced herself from the Spears-type persona and “music.” Thanks to her remaining clean, wholesome and respectable, everybody loves Mandy Moore. It’s kinda sad though that a former wanna-be has surpassed the one she used to copy in popularity. That’s because the former wanna be has chosen to mature by exploring the ways in which she could develop as a good musician and actress. Her former idol, on the other hand, seems to be more interested in exploring lesbianism and how to make bad music.

Mandy Moore Thanks Fans

October 24, 2003 – Mandy Moore posted a message of thanks to members of her official forum following the release of ‘Coverage’. Moore writes, “Guys, once again, thank you for your support. It’s amazing to hear the response the album is getting. your messages mean so much to me… as this album has been my passion. Thank you, thank you, thank you for just listening to the music.”

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11 thoughts on “Reviewing Celine Dion And Mandy Moore’s New Albums

  1. atomickitten says:

    This is so true. Mandy’s new album “Coverage” is absolutely AMAZING. Her voice is astonishingly improved and brilliantly beautiful. And The production is superb. I love EVERY song on this album. It’s so good.

  2. mikemc says:

    Okay, so Celine hasn’t faded? If memory serves me right her most recent album only sold a little over 2 million, not exactly the 10+ million Celine is used to either. At least people like Mariah and Madonna can still get play on MTV, while Celine is strictly a VH1 singer. Yeah Mariah doesn’t sell like she used to, neither does Celine, neither does Whitney, neither does Ashanti, neither does Beyonce, face it the times have changed. If this were 3 years ago, Beyonce would have had a 4X platinum album by now, but no the biggest female of the year who’s had the 2 biggest singles of year, has only sold 2 million. Face it, times have changed, people don’t buy music like they used to.

  3. MariahsMan says:

    Don’t have either album…but I can almost guarantee that Mandy’s sounds a lot better than Celine’s. Celine has a strong voice…fact. But she is B-O-R-I-N-G! She doesn’t take risks. Granted, she doesn’t necessarily have to, but artists like Mariah, Madonna, and Janet will always be admired and remembered by many for the paths they have paved in music. What has Celine really done that’s so astounding?

    You know, you can’t give a fair opinion on someone when you don’t like them to begin with. You call Mariah the queen of flops, when earlier in a post…Madonna and Britney were the queens of flops. Celine’s last album didn’t sell as much as her past albums…is she gonna be the queen of flops in a few minutes?

  4. B0rntoplay says:

    What a pathetic attempt to knock Britney. If Mandy did good by keeping her wholesome image, then whats with Xtina? She’s a bigger whore than Britney….so what do you have to say to that?

  5. Cicero says:

    This was well written and very thoughtful. Thanks MadFan. I didn’t like the Britney slamming; that really came out of left field and poisoned what otherwise would have been a top-notch, unbiased and insightful commentary. Still, I would give it 8/10, but it could have been a 9 or 10/10. That last sentence really was inappropriate.

  6. amusicfanofsoul says:

    Screw Celine! I spent over $5,000 on a trip to Las Vegas to see her…and she gives the worst show ever! even my mother said it! and yes, her voice isn’t as powerful as it was before…she cracked several times and there was one huge crack on power of love. she must have been drained out or something. but it was very disappointing. as for Mandy’s cd…she might be a nice person (fake) but that’s doesn’t mean she can sing good. I judge on talent…and like before she’s not that great. I don’t know what the heck she did to her voice now…it sounds worse…like a mouse.

  7. mslin says:

    Compared to Brit and Christina, yes I suppose Mandy is boring…… But then again I’d rather listen to someone who is boring and respectable, then listen to someone’s who is slutty.

  8. atomickitten says:

    Look at you ignorant asses! Judging Mandy’s album without even hearing it. What the hell gives you the right to talk? You can call her fake, or whatever yu want. But you don’t know her so don’t give me that bull crap. While Britney is taking off her clothes in every magazine to sell her CD, Mandy is being herself and doing what she wants. So you can eat her warm sh**, dumb ass bitch.

  9. looker says:

    How the hell do you live with yourself,,,waking up every morning and knowing that you are a Mandy Moore fan. We are talking about Mandy Moore….. a substitute Britney who didn’t make the cut. Whatever, the slut is whack and so are you. I hope you at least have enough good sense to not like that Canadian rat Celine Dion.

  10. hotstuff says:

    Mandy Moore tries to act herself but secretly wishes she could b just like Britney. its so damn obvious. her and Jessica will never b seen as independent artists but still the same old Britney Spears knock-offs they were back in 99/00. the only thing she’s got going for her is Andy and she so doesn’t deserve him.

  11. glammabella says:

    It’s kind of pathetic to see Britney Spears and Mariah Carey Fans trying to insult Mandy Moore fans when they are clearly in different types of music. Britney doesn’t really sing any type of music since she’s trying to show she’s adult (and not very well) while Mariah is more rnb and hip-hop. They are different artists.

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