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A welcome return, and better than I hoped for,
This review is from: Afterglow (Audio CD)
After a five-year absence since her last live album "Mirrorball", during which time Sarah McLachlan became a mum, it's great to see her back again. It's even more pleasing to hear some of the over-heavy synthesisers stripped away in favour of piano and guitars, the perfect accompaniment to McLachlan's folky and note-perfect vocals. A little rawer in sound than previous albums - I loved 'Fumbling Towards Ecstasy' but found it over-produced in places - this has some powerful songs that hit harder for the lack of artifice around the edges.
Standout tracks 'Fallen' - how wonderful to hear that voice again after such a long absence - 'Stupid' and 'Train Wreck' carry all the power and directness of vintage McLachlan. 'Push' is beautiful, soulful and touching without being either sickly or over-sentimental, and 'Answer' is heartbreaking, just piano, brush drums and a faint cello, and carries that ghostly feel that conjures up comparisons with, strangely, acts such as Clannad.
It would be easy to believe that McLachlan has spent the seven years since her last studio album sharpening and perfecting these ten songs; there's little here that could have been improved on. Expect to see this cluttering up many end-of-year 'Best Of' lists. In a world where Dido can sell fifteen billion albums, Sarah McLachlan is long due recognition and success. Hopefully, this one will see her achieve both in the UK.