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Since her debut in 1988, Sarah McLachlan's atmospheric folk-pop has gained a devoted following not only in her native Canada, where she established star status with her first album, but also in the U.S. and U.K. The following two decades saw her growing both as a musician and songwriter, continually redefining herself and emerging as a major voice in the ... Read more in Amazon's Sarah McLachlan Store

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  • Vinyl (16 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B003M5H5F8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rosenblaetter on 11 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Some people considered 'Afterglow' a poor record (I never agreed). I wonder what they are thinking now.

As usual I had great expectations when it comes to Sarah's new record but usually do not allow all the expectations cloud my judgment. I took "Laws..." with strong belief that it must be good - we are talking Sarah McLachlan here - probably on of the most beautiful female vocals in history of music and a writer whose songs are on a scale from haunting to perfect.

Unfortunately this album came out to be a huge disappointment. No matter how many times I listen to it - it still fails to give me the thrill. Songs are no longer distinctive, harmonies are not what they used to be. Vocals are still emotional but I wouldn't exactly call them soulful.

MUSIC...

I can see almost no haunting melodies in here. Don't get me wrong - I don't really mind some songs sounding similar but it's hard to bear when they are also mediocre (at best).
Definite standouts must be 'Love Come" (both of them) and 'Rivers Of Love' - probably because they could easily be put on 'Surfacing' or 'Fumbling..' and no one would notice they weren't there before.
Single 'Loving You Is Easy' and strong opening track "Awakenings" bring a more risky approach and deliver some passionate vocals.

The rest of the songs really just blends together... "Forgiveness" is perhaps memorable and is supposed to be a centre of the album but sounds to me as a desperate try to create a song which would go along 'Angel', 'Answer' or 'Possession".

LYRICS...

Gone are the great lyrics... Subject of divorce is heavily overdone here - not surprising as her life always strongly influenced her music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amillionmiles on 24 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Sarah Mclachlan possesses a beautiful voice with soft warm tones and a gift for writing heartfelt ballads and catchy rock songs. The singing is up to standard on "Laws Of Illusion", but the songwirting is good, but not as inspiring or creative than it used to be. The songs are mostly very safe, lacking in originality and imagination. I was wondering why it was taking Sarah so long to come up with new material and now I know why - because she seems to have run out of new ideas. Nevertheless, although slightly disappointing, it is a good collection of songs overall.

There are some beautiful highlights. The beautifully melodic "Forgiveness" is mainly just Sarah and her piano which has proven to be a success in the past (Think back to "Angels" from the album "Surfacing). "Love Come" has two versions, a pop version and a piano version - both are equally exciting and beautifully arranged. The last highlight is "Bring On The Wonder", a nice cover version of the song written by Susan Enan. Other great songs include "Awakenings", a powerful rock song, the heartfelt "Out Of Tune" and the emotional "Heartbreak". The lead single "Loving You Is Easy" is not really something you would expect Sarah McLachlan to write, but after a couple of listens, sounds credible. "Rivers Of Love", "Don't Give Up On Us" and "U Want Me 2" are not exceptional, but just pleasant.

However, "Illusions Of Bliss" and "Changes" are quite bland and forgettable. Overall, the songs are good, but they just lack that something special. Furthermore, it does seem a very long time to wait for an album that is only good. So I would expect more from Sarah next time around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
That was some Sabbatical! It has been 7 years since Afterglow, and I for one was starting to demonstrate some pretty pronounced withdrawal symptoms. But I always respect an artist who, having nothing new to add, will refrain from printing and marketing ...proof of this fact.

Sarah McLachlan's strong point has always been her mesmerizing voice and the beautiful poetry of hes songs. That is why in this album instrumental accompaniment is kept to a minimum. This is not a pop album. It deserves to do well because, although personal it is far from esoteric. Sarah sings about universal feelings of a human getting older, surviving heartaches, overcoming adversities and finding happiness once more.

If Fumbling Towards Ecstasy was the voice of a young couple in love about to start off their blissful life, LAWS OF ILLUSION is the voice of the same couple reaching maturity - whether they are still together or not.

Sarah is back. With another timeless masterpiece.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Gardner on 10 Aug. 2010
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I won't add anything about the main CD here, as many others have already said how superb and long-awaited it is!..

But I have to speak out about the DVD of the Deluxe Version, where Sarah simply sits at her piano and sings beautifully 5 tracks from the main album. I would gladly have paid full price for the DVD alone - truly excellent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fjireland on 3 April 2012
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Well i picked this up last week for a bargain of 3£.. I actually almost feel like it is criminal to get such quality for so little..

I was wary after reading so many negative reviews ... I will admit i dont have any of the rest of her studio albums.. Bar the tracks Angel and I Will Remember You from Surfacing... And her stellar live album Mirrorball which really set a great example of how a flawless album can be done...

But if this isnt up to her older albums like many say then im really curious and tempted.. Because i actually think this is a great album..

Her voice is as soothing as ever.. Her melodies are rich and interesting.. The lyrics are fine.. I dont understand how she is accused of being lazy and cliched on this front.. Lord knows when compared to the lyrics of some songs that are massive hits today, she certainly isnt scraping the barrel...

The problem really is this isnt as etheral as some of her past work.. This is a break up album.. And i think she was entitled to pursue such a theme after her personal life / marriage break up. So inevitably , the songs are about love and losing it.. The almost gothic, other worldy feel is not really present here..

Of course im no sarah expert but i think this sits fine along side Mirrorball..
It really has some fine adult contemporary songs and they actually mean something and i dont doubt her sincerity .. This doesnt sound like a punched in lazy album.. The two songs from her greatest hits is lazy though i will say that...

So stand outs: i love the lilting Out of tune.. It just washes over you... I love it..

Forgiveness is a great song too.. How can anyone question the effort in this album with a song like that.. The lyrics are so heartfelt..
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