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Closer-The Best of Sarah McLachlan

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  • Audio CD (October 7, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B001C4E6DA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2008 Digipak Album, Closer: The Best Of Sarah McLachlan contains 14 classic tracks personally selected by the artist from her award-winning catalog, as well as two newly recorded and previously unreleased songs, "U Want Me 2" and "Don't Give Up On Us", working with her longtime producer Pierre Marchand.

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242 of 251 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great collection, loussssssy sssssound October 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Oh, ever since it was announced Sarah McLachlan was putting out a best of, I was impatient for it to get here. The song list had everything I wanted. Bought the disc, tore off the plastic, threw it in the player... and... Holy crap! Someone turned the treble up to 11 (yeah, Bob Ludwig, I'm lookin' at you!!!)!
This is one of the harshest sounding discs I've ever heard. Even when Sarah sings a word with the "f" sound in it, it sounds like an "s". THAT'S harsh. It hurts to listen to this cd. And I think it's 'cause discs are being mastered now with ipod in mind. I really do. There's no excuse for such a slipshod job. I pulled out my copy of 'Surfacing' to compare "Building a Mystery", "Sweet Surrender", Adia", and "Angel", and they beat the best of's versions easily. There's more warmth to the 'Surfacing' versions, and that disc is 11 years old!

Sarah and her fans deserve better. This disc has only been out a few days, and it already cries out to be remastered... by someone who knows what they're doing.

So, content: 5 stars
Sound quality: -3 stars
Total stars: 2
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141 of 145 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd listened: this one breaks my heart December 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Sarah McLachlan is on of my favorite female vocalist, right up there with Loreena McKennitt and Aimee Mann. I bought this CD despite the reviews citing its poor audio quality. It really couldn't be that bad could it, I thought. Well it is that bad. It's unlikeable because of the terrible pitchy highs. Sarah deserved much better than this. Stay away from this one. You're much better off buying her original albums one at a time (if you get them used they are pretty cheap) and assembling your own list of 'best of' tracks by ripping them to your computer (I rip using FLAC file type so there is no loss in quality).

Sarah is awesome. The producers of this CD are terrible. Don't make the same mistake I did. Skip this one.
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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars about bad re-mixes! October 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have loved Sarah McLachlan's work since she did a song called "Shelter"
for an In Defense of Animals cd in 1993. I love the songs on this cd, but OUCH what's up with these re-mixes? The songs were lovely as they were. These re-mixes warp the songs towards some kind of quazi disco sort of thing. I gave it a 3 because she is an incredible artist, but I find this cd very disappointing.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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It really is...too much missing for the true Sarahphile...if that was the only version available, better to download the 2 new tracks. This double is much more like it...the best 3 songs from "Touch" REMASTERED, the best 4 songs from "Solace" REMASTERED...then the most popular 5 songs from FTE, in a good context with the mesmerizing title track as Disc 1's closer, perfect.

Then Disc 2 has the hits from "Surfacing", the live hit of "I Will Remember You" from "Mirrorball", the 4 hits from her "comeback" album "Afterglow", then the 2 new songs "Don't Give Up On Us" & "U Want Me 2"...bringing things up to date, AND then ending the program with 3 worthy radio remixes and the sought-after, soundtrack & rarities-disc exclusive and superior studio version of "I Will Remember You".

Add a nice picture-and-art-filled booklet and simple-but-classy digipack packaging, and this is as good a Sarah anthology/hits collection as you can get, without there being a boxset. Not sure if there will ever BE a boxset, as Sarah had just left her sole, longtime US label Arista for her own label/internet releases, so "Closer" (apt title too) is a perfect label wrapup project...until her next album/next chapter.

Word of advice...if you are just a very basic radio/hits/casual Sarah fan, the single disc will do...HOWEVER, if you want more, are a bigger fan/admirer/friend, or want to look for a really good overview and deeper look than just the radio hits...

ONLY go for the double deluxe, ONLY.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Sarah McLachlan Primer October 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Sarah McLachlan has one of the most striking voices that I've heard in the last 20 years, and this "best of" CD gives a good sampling of her music of this time period. Closer starts with three tracks that are from the era before she was an established musician. You can definitely tell that her voice is great on this tracks, but the only one the three that really stands up to repeated listening is "Path of Thorns". The production on "Vox" and "Into the Fire" show that these songs weren't really ready for primetime.

Tracks four through eleven are from the mega-hit period for Sarah. "Possession" is easily the best non-ballad that she has ever recorded with its tale of an obsessed fan set the ultimate instrumental hooks. The other standout in this section is the best ballad that she has recorded, "Angel". The combination of her voice and piano playing is almost beyond description it is so good. I don't think they missed anything from the Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing period.

Tracks twelve to fourteen are from Afterglow, and I think this is a fitting description as these feel like fire has gone out for Sarah by this point. If I were to include songs from this CD, these would be the ones. However you will notice a drop from the previous tracks.

The two new tracks are OK. While they are better than the Afterglow tracks, they don't reach back to the high bar that Sarah set in the 90's.

The one track that I would have liked to have seen on here "Ol' 55" from The Freedom Sessions. It is not a very well know track so I understand while they left it off, but it is a much better song than say "Stupid".

Overall, this is a nice introduction to Sarah McLachlan for those who do not already have her original studio releases.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love Sarah's mournful tones. No one else can do it like she can!
Published 4 days ago by Marcia M. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it.
Published 9 days ago by Scotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best rock and roll
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
Love her music. Great CD. What else can you say??
Published 1 month ago by J. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good cd
Published 1 month ago by linda ciampa
3.0 out of 5 stars guess it's her but I would say not her best effort.
as I listened to this CD for the first time, I found myself wondering if this was really the artist I was thinking of...voice did not sound as rich and smooth as I remembered. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
Published 2 months ago by SUSIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Angelic Voice
Sarah sounds like and angel. She writes some great songs. Hasd all these on other CDs, but enjoy them so much it is good to have them all on CD.
Published 3 months ago by Joanna Damons
5.0 out of 5 stars Ehh, who can resist the unique, soft cooing/yodeling/breathy songs of...
There may be 1 or 2 that I could pass on but for the most part Sarah is in a class by herself w/her rangy falsetto and cooing at times that blends so naturally for her. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CU2MRO
5.0 out of 5 stars Closer - The Best of Sarah McLachlan
I enjoy this CD very much. It's good for when I'm down and it picks me up. I play it in my car CD and it really calms me down when I feel distressed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bonnie V.
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Sarah, Sarah, Sarah . .why??
I've heard rumours that Sarah has parted ways with Arista, so I guess that explains the plethora of rehashed material we've been given this year.

As for the new song, I really like it. There were some rumours floating around that Sarah and her husband split but I'm not really sure I believe it.... Read More
Aug 15, 2008 by lost_in_space82 |  See all 25 posts
Sarah McLachlan - Closer
As much as I love Fear you can't have a Sarah McLachlan best of and not have Vox on there. Too bad the deluxe edition is cluttered with lame "radio remixes" instead of classic Sarah songs like Fear, I Will Not Forget You & Silence.
Oct 27, 2008 by lost_in_space82 |  See all 2 posts
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