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
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.
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.
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.
Прослушано! Неплохой крепкий альбом, можно слушать ещё раз.
Great voice, great mellow album, can definitely hear the blues influence, especially in the first track (favourite).
Love making music
WELL I'M THE TYPE-A GUY
Tres bon bliesman ce dion.4.5
Was my familiar with Dion’s earlier work, but this was a pleasant surprise
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.
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
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
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.
Riktigt bra. Titellåten bäst.
A weird one this as the production is absolutely terrible. But it sort of works!
I enjoyed this more than I thought. Pretty simple, but also different. I'm not really sure how to describe it. Not a fan of the last song though.
Some good songs to be found on this record, but it's biggest draw is Phil Spector's sound which elevates the record from being a generic 70s rock album, to having production pedigree. In here, the engineering is an instrument in itself - which is true most times, but it is often taken for granted.
Like a lovely interesting nap. 3 stars.
An unlikely mix of country folk, gospel and RnB on an album that isn’t as bad as the cover suggests. The arrangements and production are interesting and the drumming sounds like it’s slightly off kilter and out of sync (almost drunk) creating a haziness that adds to the atmosphere which is already moody to begin with. ‘(He’s Got) The Whole World In His Hands’ is the prime example of this approach and my fave track on the record. You’ve never heard it like it’s presented here. ‘In And Out Of The Shadows’ and ‘Good Lovin’ Man’ are my other faves.
Het doet af en toe wat Dylanesque en Beatlesque aan. Singer-songwriter muziek, maar wel aangekleed met die gekke Phil Spector producer sound, met rare toeters en bellen en ongewoon schelle drums soms. Muzikaal gezien zijn het toch maar wat zoete niemendalletjes, maar het is wel interessant om er kennis van te nemen. Ik moest misschien nog wel het meeste denken aan searching for sugarman.
Märklig platta. Haussad av diverse musiker och kritiker sen länge. Blandade känslor men den kanske växer.
PREFS : Born to Be With You, Your Own Back Yard, In and Out of Shadows MOINS PREF : New-York City Song
Enjoyed way more than I thought. Not doo op at all. Pretty modern wel produced sound
Apparently Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream cites this album as an influence, which explains a lot. Distinctly average; good voice (obviously) a few decent songs, dreadful production.
Nice pop album with some great standouts like ”New York City Song”
An out of fashion doo-wop singer dabbling in smack and a mental alcoholic Phil Spector team up to create this album. Songs are slow, plodding and dirges - but that shouldn't put you off. There's a certain something about this album - underdog spirit maybe - that keeps you rooting for it. You can see why it's a cult classic. Best Tracks: Born To Be With You; Your Own Back Yard; Only You Know
This is so close to being something I like more, but the country influences and the lack of any real oomph in most of the songs makes it where it is on my rating system. However, I don't understand the super low score; just seems like those of the generator don't like this style of music most of the time.
Here's an album that the artist didn't like the production of, the producer didn't want to release, and was met by indifference by fans and critics alike. Personally, I don't mind the Phil Spector doing country sound and it worked to this LP's advantage that Spotify combined the songs with songs from the next album, which make the "Born To Be With You" tracks sound better by comparison.
Coolest thing about this album is that it's by Dion, who was a long-time boyish idol type singer, making those cheesy Everly Brother-type pop hits in the '50s and '60s (for reference, go listen to "Runaround Sue," which you almost certainly have heard before). Definitely grown-up tunes from what his prior fare was, though he still has that simp-y spirit. Unfortunately nothing too special stylistically, but it's aight. He's got a really nice voice though, and cool to hear a guy like him putting forth this kind of emotion after where he began. I hate to say it but I think I'd rather have an album of the older stuff that made him who he is. Just a more interesting time capsule. Favorite tracks: Make the Woman Love Me, New York City Song. Album art: I feel I've definitely seen this one around, very simple portrait shot. Nothing crazy. 2.5/5
Another eh album, though I’d rather listen to radio head than this guy. Like a knock off Leonard Cohen.
No está mal, me alegro de haberlo escuchado y me parece interesante que sea una referencia para otros músicos importantes pero de ahí a que sea imprescindible va un trecho.
Not too bad for the style and genre
Top 3 Songs: 1 - The Way You Do the Things You Do (10) 2 - Your Own Back Yard (3) 3 - Oh the Night (17)