Let's Talk About Love
After 1996’s Falling Into You became her first album to go No. 1 in the US (and no fewer than seven other countries), Celine Dion pulled out all the stops to ensure 1997’s Let’s Talk About Love was an instant blockbuster on arrival. With a list of featured collaborators that reads like an encyclopedia of 20th-century musical history—Barbra Streisand, George Martin, the Bee Gees, David Foster, even Luciano Pavarotti—the album was seemingly scientifically engineered to transform Dion from mere singing star to eternal icon. And yet, not only did Let’s Talk About Love surpass those stratospheric expectations to become one of the top-selling albums of all time, it set the unsurpassable bar for adult-contemporary opulence. Much of its legend, of course, rests upon its soaring centrepiece, “My Heart Will Go On”—aka the inescapable theme song to the film Titanic. But while the album comes fully loaded with similarly emotive soft-focus ballads, Let’s Talk About Love also proved that Dion was a diva for all occasions, flexing dancehall swagger on “Treat Her Like a Lady,” slipping into the discotheque for the house-blessed “Just a Little Bit of Love,” and transporting us beachside with the sensuous Spanish serenade “Amar Haciendo El Amor.” This is the album where Celine Dion officially became Celine—a single-name shorthand for pop elegance and extravagance of the highest level.