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.