Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Album Review: Laws of Illusion by Sarah McLachlan

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Laws of Illusion"]


I've been a Sarah McLachlan listener since college, so I was excited when I got the opportunity from One2One Network to review her first studio album of brand new material in 7 years, Laws of Illusion. The first half of the album is more hopeful-sounding than what I'm used to from Sarah, but it's just as enjoyable as her music has always been. This project is just another (long-awaited!) example of why every one of Sarah McLachlan’s studio and live albums has been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by the RIAA over her two-decade career. Here are my off-the-cuff thoughts on each track.

Awakening - introduction a little long and "poppy" for my liking; Sarah's familiar lilt; gets into a nice cadence as it progresses, though

Illusions Of Bliss - love the drums in the first bar; a feel-good love song; ending is abrupt

Loving You Is Easy - nice bouncy tune with a tinge of Sarah's bluesy voice - a favorite so far; this is the first single of the album

Changes - getting more into Sarah's bluesy voice at the beginning and climbs effortlessly to the soprano lilt I love

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Forgiveness - the heartbreak song I love to hear Sarah sing

Rivers Of Love - fantastic bluesy song - another favorite

Love Come - flows well and you hear the wonderfully incorporated electric guitar that is a signature of Sarah's music; this is quintessential Sarah to me

Out Of Tune - another prime example of why I so enjoy Sarah's music and a great love song

Heartbreak - a little more pop-sounding, which will bode well for radio play, but not as good of a representation of Sarah

Don't Give Up On Us - another nice radio-play song, with a better representation of Sarah's style and sound

U Want Me 2 - another fantastic merging of lilt and electric guitar, and another favorite

Bring On The Wonder - a lullaby-esque, ethereal loveliness to end with

Bonus Track: Love Come - a splendid acoustic rendering of the song that showcases Sarah's ability to make you feel the heartbreak in the lyrics


I received a complimentary cd as a thank-you for this review.

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