Picks and Pans Review: Celine Dion

updated 11/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST



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It's a small Miracle that Celine Dion tones down her usual chest-heaving ways on this collection of lullabies, which was released in conjunction with a coffee-table book featuring photos of newborns (some with Dion) shot by lenswoman Anne Geddes. You have to wait until the very last track, "In Some Small Way," before the real Dion pulls out all the stops with a gospel choir. The singer's more muted performances give a tender touch to lush, hushed covers like "What a Wonderful World" and John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" and original songs like the title tune. But unless you've got your own little bundle of joy to put to bed, the overall effect can be a bit too sleepy—and sappy.

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