First Hit #1: February 12, 1994
Lots of people dislike Celine Dion, but I have a late blooming appreciation for her. She’s got the same problems as most of the big-voiced divas out there, especially a propensity to go big and cheesy rather than reign it in and keep it tasteful. The Power of Love, a cover of a song originally by Jennifer Rush, is relatively subdued for Dion, which simply means that the arrangement is simpler than usual, as vocally she is going all out in her attempts to go toe to toe with the Careys and Houstons of the world. Still, she has a very distinct voice – there’s a hint of an accent there, which gives it a bit of a unique flavor – and she can jump through the vocal hoops and have a technically impressive performance. The Power of Love itself is a pretty good ballad for the time, and it has a certain propulsive sound that is uncommon in the songs of the big voiced ladies – it’s constantly pushing, and Dion’s voice is pushing along with it, giving a song that feels like it’s constantly moving forward and is perhaps more ambitious than it actually is. Her diva flavor is a bit more French, but it’s just as big and just as much of a showoff as any of the others.