Bed wettingly shit. A complete and utter disaster of a record that makes me want to strangle an infant.
Born to Be with You is the fourteenth solo studio album by Dion, released in October 1975. Six of the eight tracks were produced by Phil Spector, who had expressed admiration of Dion's earlier work with his doo-wop group, Dion and the Belmonts. Upon completion in 1974, Spector himself shelved the release for twelve months, only to find the album was largely met with indifference by the music establishment at the time. However, in the 1990s, the album began to receive widespread critical acclaim. Artists such as Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream cited it as a key influence. The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Bed wettingly shit. A complete and utter disaster of a record that makes me want to strangle an infant.
I think this was added to the list to show those who are unaware of Phil Spector’s criminal history that not everything he touches is gold.
Lots of love songs
Pretty easy to listen to. I’d probably put it on again as chill background music
Great easy listening. No special single song, but as a whole, just click play and sit back and enjoy.
Great voice, great mellow album, can definitely hear the blues influence, especially in the first track (favourite).
Was my familiar with Dion’s earlier work, but this was a pleasant surprise
The very first note of this is a typical country-twang note... siiiiigh.... but hey wait, it's not country, and this actually sounds quite nice. The second song is nice too. In fact these are all really nice songs. He's got a nice voice, it's all quite heartfelt and there's some nice melodies and interesting ideas here. Real easy listening. It's consistently good all the way through. While it's not 100% my thing, the fact that there's 20 songs and not a single bad one is some achievement. 3.5/5 rounded up to 4
I was expecting a Wall of Sound pastiche. Thankfully this is more a Dion album than a Phil Spector Doo-wop record. It was uplifting, almost spiritual. The saxophone breaks come close to stealing the show. The album drifted a little towards the end, before rescuing itself with a rousing Good Lovin' Man as the closer. Dion deserves wider acclaim.
looks like Mulligan or O'hare. nowhere near as funny.
I think I'd rather listen to Morrissey than listen to this again.
I know some Dion from the 60s, but this was the first exposure to his later work. It was not what I would expect from a former teen-idol doo-wop star. Quite good!
Amazing! I loved the vocals.
10/10 didn’t know Id like an album like this as much as I did, but hey, these songs are actually really good
nice, love it!
Pour ceux qui ne seraient pas au courant, la présence de cet album de Dion est un énorme doigt d'honneur de Robert à la communauté générateurienne qui s'attendait évidemment à tomber sur Céline et ses deux-cent-trente-millions d'albums vendus. Que nenni… encore une vilaine farce de notre Robert national.
Прослушано! Неплохой крепкий альбом, можно слушать ещё раз.
Love making music
WELL I'M THE TYPE-A GUY
Tres bon bliesman ce dion.4.5
Little bit struggling to categorize Dion. The album cover and those glasses are a bit disconcerting for starters. A bit like the soulful parts of Bob Dylan and Tim Hardin. Real Phil Spector polishing and yet you always think something great is coming, but it never does. Still, an enjoyable album to accompany a read up of Dion's quite incredible life, and the Buddy Holly story is quite something.
Levitational longings for the hopeless, restless romantic.
- Make the Woman Love Me fucks - In and Out of the Shadows fucks - Runaway Man fucks - More to you fucks - Hey My Love fucks The rest range from good to fine but filler. Overall good album I liked it.
Very long album, but very good. I really enjoyed the songwriting and the production in the album.
Maybe heretical but I'm not sure the Spector sound has aged all that well, though it could be some combination of the source (I have no idea really what YT Music is up to in that respect -codecs, bit rates etc.) and my lackluster playback equipment. Other than that this is all solid, well crafted lyrics riding a flawlessly professional musical foundation. Much of it delivered by Wrecking Crew icons who are departing this mortal coil at an unsurprising but sad rate over the last couple decades.
Really reminded me of a Jim Croce vibe in the first half. Second half of the album was a bit peppier and more groovy almost. Had a few I really was bouncing too. Almost a 5 for me
Kinda poppy/operatic, reminiscent of Elton John
One shall not be surprised if a love-struck or love-starved individual had made their path towards this album in some capacity. Even in some of the more heartfelt, expansive and explosive albums in the decade of this album's resurgence (the 1990s) has its DNA strewn all over it. Phil Spector's destructive path in the 70s somehow made it's way to Dion's front door and the pre-British Invasion crooner needed some injection of relevancy in the changed marketplace. It's a shame that Born to Be With You did not recieve the plaudits it deserved at the time, for this is a really great album that shows reminds those of Dion's vocal prowess and the instrumentation involved here is a precursor of what Leonard Cohen's Death of a Ladies' Man would become a little later (and namely records like Spiritualized's Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space). The bonus tracks tacked on the end serves as a postscript and it does its tricks even if it feels a bit mute. Favorites: Born to Be With You, Make the Woman Love Me, Only You Know, In and Out of the Shadows, Good Lovin' Man, Baby, Let's Stick Together.
Dehä va brazy bangeri
Holy shit, like *that* Dion. Damn nice record, good folksy vibe with great production. Your Own Back Yard is pretty topical...
I love his music with the Belmonts, but this is such a mature album. Your Own Backyard is a great song
So what to make of an album that the artist hates and that no one paid attention to for decades? I'm trying to figure it out - I think the angle is I need to hear this because Dion was a teeny bopping doo wopper 15 years earlier and this was a much more mature sound. And yeah I know his big hits and this is way different. So relative to himself you need to hear it. Relative to the music industry? I'm not sure. But I will say this, I really liked it. His voice was captivating and crazy ahole Phil Spector made many of the songs sound soaring. The opener Born to Be With You perfectly captures that soaring feel - it did not feel like a 7min song (nice little sax solo in the middle). Make the Woman Love Me was a great follow-up. And then Your Own Back Yard - kudos to Dion for writing some deep, personal lyrics about his rampant drug habit. Solid song. Only You Know was also very solid (his vocals just resonate) and then there's New York City Song. Absolutely beautiful (and sad) lyrics and vocals from Dion. The song caught me completely by surprise even as I was enjoying the album already. And that's when it hit me as to what this album was capturing - a John Denver kind of folk (with some Spector adds to give it an R&B musical backdrop). That's a good thing on a song like In and Out of the Shadows but a little much on a song like Good Lovin Man. I can honestly say that I will put this album on again (and again) when I need an album to play on repeat for a couple hours. I never would've listened to it if not for this list, but glad I did.
This is great. I'm a total sucker for Phil Spector (producing, not the binfire of a human). A very pleasant listen. Had never heard of Dion before this but there's loads of older stuff I didn't realise was him (The Wanderer!)
Favourite song: Make the Woman Love Me
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Make the woman love me, Good loving man
The main thing that occurs to me when I listen to this, is that I wish Phil Spector had produced an album for Harry Nilsson around the time this record came out. That thought aside, this really is a pretty remarkable achievement for the guy who started his career in '61 with "Runaround Sue," "The Wanderer," and "Dream Lover."
8/10. I liked this. Maybe liked the second album that was packaged with it on Spotify a little more, but maybe I was just paying better attention by that point.
Thought this was great. Liked everything on here
Lovely album which surprised me
Lush baroque pop produced by Phil Spector. A little schlocky but not bad.
I absolutely love Dion’s music from the 50s-60s, but I had no idea what to expect from this. It was a little up and down for me as an album, but “Make the Woman Love Me” is absolutely fantastic. I’ve been listening to it nonstop since I finished the full album. I’m not completely sure this should be on a list of greatest albums of all time, but personally I really enjoyed it.
This was unexpectedly good.
This was much different from everything else I've ever heard from Dion (The Wanderer and that's basically it). It was interesting to hear his voice used more for Elton john style ballads as opposed to 60s doowop music. I liked pretty much all of the songs and even listened to the extra tracks on Spotify but nothing stood out too much to list here really.
Folk rock. Está bien. Un 4.
Kind of surprising album here. Never would have picked this up before but I do like it! Title track has a great feel. Your Own Backyard… dig the vibe and vocals. Also New York City Song. At least 3.5 I feel.
I knew his 50s stuff but wasn’t aware of any of this style. Very much enjoyed it
Solid album, a bit depressing tho
Alors là, c'est la cerise sur le gâteau. Comme vous le savez déjà, Robert n'a pas jugé nécessaire d'inclure Céline Dion dans sa liste pourrie. En revanche, Robert nous offre ici un superbe pied de nez, en incluant l'illustre inconnu Dion, homonyme de la chanteuse à succès que l'on connait tous. Robert ne perd décidément rien pour attendre, multipliant les farces ces dernières semaines.
It's great to hear another side of Dion, outside of his music with the Belmonts and his solo stuff from the 60s. The collaboration with Phil Spector is fitting for a vocalist like Dion, and when it works, the results are really lovely. There does seem to be a little stylistic tension though, between what you might expect in a Phil Spector-produced record and what I suspect is Dion's preference for more of a contemporary, singer-songwriter sound (see: "New York City Song"). The result is a somewhat uneven quality from song to song. Added to that, the album has a fairly slow moving pace and a bit of a dour mood overall. In the mid-70s, apparently that didn't play so well, but I think the album has actually aged remarkably well. It was really ahead of its time. Very high 3, not quite a 4. Fave Songs: Only You Know, In and Out of the Shadows, Born to Be with You, New York City Song
Could Not get in to it. If Meh had an album....
Old country quite nice.
Would have preferred the other album
It wasn’t awful but it folded intell was not my thing.
I can definitely hear some of this in the recent Bobby Gillespie / Jenny Beth record. It’s not quite 3.5, but better than a 3. I probably won’t listen to it again but it was pleasant enough while it lasted.
Nicely bland and listenable. Can't say I'd listen again, but also can't say I didn't like it, on the whole. First half of the album is stronger than the second half.
Decent album, nice runtime but ultimately nothing exciting or groundbreaking or even memorable to warrant more than a 3
Very chill pop rock, might work well as background music
Not a bad album for background music, quite pleasant and with a few interesting moments. I really can't see it as any more than that and I have my doubts about if it really deserves being on this list. I quite liked Queen Of 1959 from the bonus tracks - with tracks like that on the actual album, this could have been a solid 4.
Before today I'd never heard of Dion. He apparently got his start in music singing with a Doo Wop group called Dion and the Belmonts, before going off on his own, and exploring his sound a bit more. I enjoyed this album. It wasn't something amazing or groundbreaking, but it was a nice easy listening experience. I find that Dion sounds like Van Morrison, or Simon & Garfunkel. Just a nice, easy, 70's pop rock sound. The addition of sax was great! The Spotify link for this album is a double album (Born to Be With You/Streetheart), so it was a little longer listen than just the one album, but I didn't mind because it familiarized me with more of his work. The "Streetheart" side of the album was more upbeat and rockin' than the Born to Be With You side. All in all, a good listening experience today. Not phenomenal, but perfectly average. Favourite songs: Good Lovin' Man, The Way You Do The Things You Do, In and Out of the Shadows, New York City Song Least favourite song: (He's Got) The Whole World In His Hands 3/5
Nothing offensive but nothing memorable either
If Father John Misty and Steely Dan had a baby and raised him in a loving Christian household, this is the music I think he’d make.
This album was more interesting than I thought it would be. I wouldn't necessarily say that I enjoyed listening to it all that much because it's not a style of music that I find all that enjoyable (nor did Dion, for that matter), but the production is interesting. Phil Spector may be a god damned murderous psychopath, but he knew how to make a compelling sound. The themes of redemption that run through the album make it very interesting. A pop star who has been through hell and is now trying to make good on the other side is an interesting theme for an album. Dion's story and his perspective on it is worth listening to, if only just once 3/5
69 love songs for swinging lovers but actually good? Some actual quality mixed with some cornballesque stuff
Dion is more known as a 50s and 60s doo wop singer and that's how know him - as lead singer for Dion and the Belmonts. In the 70s It seems he has re-positioned himself as a singer-songwriter and as such this album is pretty unremarkeable. I liked much of it but as pleasant background music; nothing really reached out and demanded my attention. Sorry Dion...3 stars
better than expected
Has some good songs in it but is very bloated, love his voice and the more simple songs with string instruments in them, but a tough listen all at once Fav songs Streetheart Born to be with you NYC song 6/10
This seemed very adult. Not in a bowm-chicka-bowm-bowm way but in an I gotta wear a suit and do my taxes kinda way.
A mostly love song album that goes on for quite a while. At 20 songs there’s no shortage of romantic topics covered. I felt like this was a white R&B album. Smooth, enjoyable, not that complex and a little poppy. Never really listened to this guy but he seems like a Walmart John Lennon. Overall thought it was okay. 6.5/10
It was fine.
Kind of like a love child of Van Morrison and Rodriguez. Mellow tunes, nice arrangements and decent lyrics. No particular standout tracks for me.
Before you ask, this is not a Dion of the Celine variety. As far as I can tell, they’re unrelated. Now that we have that cleared up, let’s listen! Songs I already knew: none Favourites: You Showed Me What Love Is, Streetheart This album what somewhat all over the place for me. Firstly, at 79 minutes long, it’s quite a lengthy album. The first five or so tracks didn’t do much for me, and I found it a little too evangelical for my tastes. I expected much of the same from the rest of the album, but it suddenly takes a turn and gets very good indeed! Around the halfway point, it begins to sound like a completely different album recorded in a different time which was a little jarring, but it certainly got a lot better as the album went on. Overall, I feel I can’t give this album too high of a score because the first few songs had really put me off to the point of almost discarding it entirely. If the first half of the album was axed, I’d likely be ranking this a lot higher.
What a fuckin' NERD This is the most middle of the road album I’ve ever heard. It’s so middle of the road, it should be titled “Dashed Yellow Lines”
Some late state Dion produced with some late stage wall of sound and a great runtime!
A bit whiney at times but still a decent listen. Gets a bonus point for reminding me of the great 'Only You Know' rendition by the Arctic Monkeys
I guess I never knew Dion made it out of the doo-wop era. The folk genre suits him actually. New York City Song feels so tragic. I think an Elton John/Dion collab should have happened. The rest falls into easy listening. Clearly this album production elevates it above what I expected, but overall, it's a middling album.
The writing is okay, extremely objectifying though, I did not enjoy how the women in this album aren't really acknowledged as people with voltion. The instrumentation feels aged too.
I know things were different in the 70s, but this guy looks like one of those serial killers that ended up on a dating show or something. Fuck, what an album cover haha. I'm guessing it'll be jazzy? Ok, it's not jazzy but it's hard to say what it is. Just has an "oldies" vibe. Vaguely country, vaguely soft rock, all fairly inoffensive. Apart from the recording quality, this could be 15 years older - pre-Beatles for sure. If it was German I'd just call it Schlager and be done. I caved and read Wikipedia to work it out - he's originally a 50s singer and these are all covers, so that makes a little more sense now. Phil Spector is involved; I know I'm meant to find him PROBLEMATIC but can't remember why. tbh I'm not very inclined to shit on this at all! Maybe it's the easy listening accessibility, maybe it's knowing the whole thing is only half an hour, maybe it's knowing the other reviews here are gonna object to it. But while it wasn't exactly mind-blowing, it also wasn't obnoxious or really pretending to be anything other than exactly what it is. No hints of ego, I guess. 3/5.
you can really hear phil spectors touch on the album.
Pop. R&B. Un poco aburrido.
j'allais mettre 4 puis il y a eu la fin de l'album
Rien de mémorable
Not bad. A little boring and generic maybe, but some good songs here with nice production. 3 stars.
I like Dion but this album didn't really appeal to me
I kept putting this off based on the reviews, but it’s not bad at all! I even really liked In and out of the Shadows. Next time I see his name pop up I’ll be more open minded!
Kinda mid but ok
Rólegt áttundatugar softrock. Mér finnst Only you know vera ansi fínt lag, hitt líður meira inn um annað og út um hitt. Ekki slæmt samt.