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Unison

Unison is Celine Dion's fifteenth studio album and her debut album in North America.

The album was released in the United States on September 11, 1990. In Canada, it was released on April 2, 1990.

In Japan, the album was released on February 21, 1991. In Australia, the United Kingdom & France, it was released on March 4, 1991.

Album BackgroundEdit

The album was recorded in London, New York and Los Angeles.

Album PromotionEdit

In support of the album, Celine did the Unison Tour in Canada.

During the tour, she took part in the recording of "Voices That Care" (which was a charity single recorded by a group of popular musicians, entertainers and athletes to help boost the morale of U.S. troops involved in the Gulf War and also support the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement).

TracklistingEdit

  1. (If There Was) Any Other Way (4:00) (written by Paul Bliss; produced by Christopher Neil)
  2. If Love is Out of the Question (3:53) (written by Paul Bliss & Phil Palmer; produced by Christopher Neil)
  3. Where Does My Heart Beat Now (4:32) (written by Robert White Johnson & Taylor Rhodes; produced by Christopher Neil)
  4. The Last to Know (4:35) (written by Brock Walsh & Phil Galdston; produced by Christopher Neil)
  5. I'm Loving Every Moment With You (4:08) (written by Tom Keane, Eric Pressley & Tyler Collins; produced by David Foster Keane)
  6. Love By Another Name (4:51) (written by David Foster Keane, Cliff Magnes & Glen Ballard; produced by David Foster Keane)
  7. Unison (4:12) (written by Andy Goldmark & Bruce Roberts; produced by Andy Goldmark)
  8. I Feel Too Much (written by David Foster Keane & Pressly Foster; produced by David Foster Keane)
  9. If We Could Start Over (4:21) (written by Stan Meissner; produced by David Foster Keane)
  10. Have a Heart (4:12) (written by Aldo Nova, Billy Steinberg & Ralph McCarthy; produced by David Foster Keane)

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Unison" has sold over three million copies worldwide. Its biggest success was in Canada and the United States.

In Canada, the album peaked at number 18 on the Canadian Record Albums chart & number fifteen on the Canadian RPM Albums chart. It was certified 7x Platinum with sales of 700,000.

In the United States, the album peaked at number seventy-four and was certified Platinum in the United States with sales of 1,000,000.

According to the Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold 1,227,000 copies in the United States.

However, this number does not include first six months of sales as the album was released in September of 1990 and the Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data in March of 1991.

In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at number fifty-five on the UK Albums chart. It was certified Gold by the BPI with sales of 100,000.

In Norway, the album peaked at number eight on the Norwegian Albums chart. In France, the album was certified Gold by the SNEP with sales of 100,000.

In Belgium, the album peaked at number fifty-six on the Belgian Albums chart in Wallonia & number eighty on the Belgian Albums chart in Flanders.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Unison" met with mixed reviews.

It was largely influenced by the 1980s soft rock sound that was a fit for the adult contemporary radio format.

The album hit all the right notes with critics.

Jim Farber of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Celine's vocals were "tastefully unadorned" and that she never attempted to "bring off styles that are beyond her."

Stephen Erlewine Thomas of Allmusic declared it as "a fine, sophisticated American debut."

Jan De Knock of Chicago Tribune said that "though Dion's big voice invites comparisons to the power-pop stylings of Taylor Dayne and Laura Branigan... she also has a deft touch with an R&B groove."

AccoladesEdit

The album earned Celine two Juno Awards for the "Album of the Year" and the "Female Vocalist of the Year."

1990

  • Billet Platine: Billet Platine for the Concert "Celine Dion"

1991

  • Félix Awards: Quebec Artist "Achieving the Most Success in a Language Other Than French"