Déjà Nu

Déjà Nu

by Dion


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A major influence on artists as varied as roots rocker Dave Edmunds, Lou Reed, and Bruce Springsteen (two of whose Lucky Town songs he covers here), Dion effectively mixes his tough yet delicate city-styled street corner harmonies with basic Chuck Berry chords to produce evocative tunes that, although embedded in the echoes of his youth, bubble with a soothing, low-key effervescence. Dion's perennially youthful voice delightfully swoops and swirls on the autobiographical "In New York City" and the Everly Brothers-styled "Hey Suzy," but it's on the Springsteen tracks, especially the beautiful a cappella ballad "If I Should Fall Behind," which seems like it was written with this arrangement in mind, that the concept fully clicks. The band chugs behind him with shabby charm, the backing vocalists are warm and subtle, the sound sparsely clean, and the album cruises along like a shiny '50s convertible primed on hi-test. Some of these songs, like the magnificent opener "Shu Bop (The Lost Track)," although retro in concept, sound lean and fresh with little of the stylized production of the doo wop era. Dion sings with the joyous vitality of his youth throughout, making the appropriately named Deja Nu one of the best, and most fully realized, albums of his extensive yet uneven career.

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Release Date: 07/25/2000
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431279427
catalogNumber: 2794
Rank: 86571

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Déjà Nu 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is a excellent companion piece to dion's "yo frankie" album. i particularly enjoyed "hug my radiator" and "ride with you". the 2 springsteen songs were a real bonus- they make you wonder how many hours springsteen spent listening to dion's early recordings
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far Dion's best album in years. Great if you love oldies, better if you love that old doo wop style. I really enjoyed ''In New York City'' and ''Book of Dreams.''