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Afterglow
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2003
It's been nearly 7 years since Sarah McLachlan's last studio album, the multi-platinum Surfacing, which included a UK hit single in Adia. Sarah is huge in North America but remains a well kept secret here apart from her collaboration with Delerium, Silence.
Afterglow isn't a radical departure from Surfacing, despite the wait. However it's highly satisfying and when it's good, it's very, very good. Best tracks for me are Time, Train Wreck, and Dirty Little Secret...a killer closer track.
Lyrically some of the songs are a little weak...Push in particular and the lead single, Fallen, while catchy enough, doesn't compare to Building A Mystery, the lead song from Surfacing or Possession (her best song) from Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.
Sarah's voice is for me her greatest strength, and she sounds better than ever here. She has a power, passion and strength very few other singers seem to achieve.
The past 7 years have seen great change in her personal life...she lost her mother to cancer and shortly afterwards became a mother herself, but musically little has changed...Sarah is still working with her musical partner Pierre Merchand and still making beautiful music.
Not her finest (that's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy) but better than just about anything else out there right now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2003
Been absolutely ages since anything new has been released from Sarah Mclachlan, and it is a continutation of 'Surfacing', which is only a good thing. Stand out tracks after only a couple of listens are 'Fallen' and 'Push'. Only problem is that unlike on 'Surfacing' there isn't a standout track that hits you straight away, like Adia and Angel did. The album as a whole is consistenly good, and sounds bang up to date. Perfect music to chill-out to. If you like Dido and people like her then there is no reason why you shouldn't like Sarah Mclachlan.
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Yes, its been a long gap between albums for Sarah, but finally she has returned. I've owned this album for a while now, but decided to wait until i reviewed it. On first listen i was disappointed, but after numerous listens i have learnt to associate with these songs, and fall in love with the album. Lyrically, i don't think Sarah has advanced from surfacing, but this album appears to provide us with a rockier edge, albeit a slight one. There are some absolutely beautiful tracks on Afterglow, and my favourites thus far include "Train Wreck" "Push" and "Time". Although it could be an extension of Surfacing, i feel this album far surpasses Surfacing, lyrically and musically. Sarah is settling back into the music industry after a huge gap, and this album proves she is one of the leading forces in today's artists who prove to be a wishy washy mixture of mediocre talent. This album is a must have for anyone who is a fan of soft, relaxing music. A fantastic return.
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on 23 November 2003
As always, the lyrics are superb and the production of Pierre Marchand excellent. There does, however, seem less variety on this album with the same themes recurring on several tracks. Sarah always makes albums where some tracks hit you immediately (Fallen, Stupid) and others grow in statue each time you hear them. Nevertheless,the immediate impression is that this record does not have the quality of "Surfacing" nor the wonderful "Fumbling towards Ecstasy" which in my opinion was her best (and indeed the best in my whole collection). Nevertheless, Afterglow is ideal for curling up on a sofa with your partner with a bottle of wine and some candlelight. Lets hope we don't have to wait another six years for the next one!
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on 10 January 2004
Truly magnificent! Dirt little secret" is great you can hear her breath as she sings and it makes the hairs prick up on the back of your neck! I defy anyone who doesn't hav ea lump in their throat after listening to this cd! It's a journey of emotions! She's done it again-a masterpiece! I bought it at a price, it was worth every penny and more!
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on 4 December 2003
Sarah McLachlan’s voice is like candlelight, warm, soft and capable of filling any space. She sings so beautifully that not only do you hear her words, you feel them. Afterglow is another fantastic example of this woman’s limitless talent as both writer and musician. It is delicate, poetic and raw. Definitely worth every penny.
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on 5 December 2003
Sarah McLachlan's voice is like candlelight, warm, soft and capable of filling any space. She sings beautifully. Not only do you hear her words, you feel them resonate within you. Afterglow is another fantastic example of Sarah's limitless talent as both writer and musician. It is delicate, poetic and raw. Definitely worth every penny.
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on 25 November 2003
Sarah McLachlan once again delivers the goods with her new CD. I love every track, especially "Answer", "Stupid" and "Time". It's a shame she's not better known in Wales - my country should realise how great of an artist Sarah is!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2003
This album starts off well, but loses it's zing. Considering it's been five years coming, I had hoped for something much more impressive. The first track, Fallen, which has been a hit in the States, is the best on the album, and is the only one which instantly grabs you. "Train Wreck" is well constructed, but the lyrics "I'm a train wreck waiting to happen" just jar. They aren't like Sarah's usual highly poetic and meaningful songs. The gripping melodies and angelic harmonies are missing too. The music is predominantly guitar and piano, and lacks any interesting effects as in her other work. Her voice is still beautiful and shines through though.
If you are a fan, it's worth having, but if you're looking for a first purchase by Sarah McLachlan, choose something else!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2003
I'm sure this will grow on me, but after the first few plays I can't get over how little "new" is offered. It's all very nice, music to do the ironing to.... but surely we could have expected better after the long wait, especially as Sarah tells us that she has had so many "issues" in her life. I heard her say recently "that what she does she does for herself" but it would be nice to think that the punters who buy the music count for soemthing. On the strength of this cd I think she will remain largely unknown in this country, such a shame because she does have a stunning voice. Stick with "Surfacing".
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