Laws Of Illusion [+Digital Booklet]

June 15, 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: June 11, 2010
  • Release Date: June 11, 2010
  • Label: Arista
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  • Total Length: 48:39
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  • ASIN: B003NJLYRI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,907 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Amazing lyrics, music and a great voice.
Nancy J. Fiorenza
Sarah is vocally good really, I like her a lot but the songs are a little of a disappointment, the harmony is a little bit boring and lulls one to sleep.
techiemd
I really think that there are several songs on the cd that most people will like, ie something for everyone!
ks

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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Liam F. on June 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
LAWS OF ILLUSION is Sarah McLachlan returning to her finest form, last seen since SURFACING, released 14 years ago. This album took 7 years and perhaps countless ups and downs in McLachlan's life to make - and the wait is every bit worthwhile. McLachlan's discography has always been timeless, such that SURFACING could have been released yesterday and LAWS OF ILLUSION in 1996 and no one would be able to tell. Such is the excellence of musical craftsmanship and brilliance of song-making partnership between McLachlan and long-time producer Pierre Marchand.

There are 12 songs (and an additional bonus track) on this latest album, 2 of which previously featured on GREATEST HITS released 2 years ago. Initially I was critical of this, blaming laziness and lack of effort. Then I became appreciative. "U Want Me 2" is one of the best McLachlan songs ever - lush instrumental, poetic lyrics, ethereal vocals all lending to heartbreaking imagery. I'm glad I have it on here as part of the collection rather than having to keep going back to the GH collection to hear it. It fits in perfectly with LAWS OF ILLUSION like the last piece of jigsaw. And 13 songs on a McLachlan studio album is always a bonus, considering SURFACING and AFTERGLOW only had 10!

LAWS OF ILLUSION is perhaps McLachlan's hardest and edgiest sounding collection - swirling electric guitars are present on most songs. But the sound never drifts too far from what all fans will claim is McLachlan's (sort of what you'd expect if Enya did rock). The album also contains some of McLachlan's happiest sounding songs in a sing-songy, chorusy way: "Illusion Of Bliss", "Loving You Is Easy", "Out Of Tune" and "Heartbreak". Even the instrumentation is fuller, more uplifting, a little bit more bouncy as if it were skipping happily along.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 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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76 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Justin Elswick on June 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I started listening to Sarah McLachlan years ago when her debut TOUCH was released. I was a fan long before she ever became an international star. She is maybe one of 3 or 4 artists whose album releases are always an event for me. I would rank her main albums (as far as overall quality) as follows:

1. Fumbling Towards
2. Solace
3. Surfacing/Touch/Afterglow
4. Laws of Illusion

I can genuinely say that in my opinion, she has never written or sung a "bad" song. However, I think there are definite peaks for her (both from a song and album standpoint). After listening to the newest album, I have to be totally honest and say that I feel just a tinge of disappointment; particularly after waiting so many years for new material. Her voice is as breathtaking and strong and perfect as ever, but the overall songwriting has really seemed to have slipped. In listening to the tracks, I noticed (first off) that the majority are slow/mid-tempo numbers that are contemplative and digestible. I definitely feel like Sarah McLachlan did what Dido did on her last album--namely turn into an ADULT CONTEMPORARY-type artist, making music for the 30 + crowd. Furthermore, the chord progressions have a meandering Beatle-esque quality that is not offensive, but not striking at all. While there are a few pleasant tracks (Rivers of Love, Out of Tune, Heartbreak and U Want Me 2) and one stellar track (Bring on the Wonder), that leaves 7 tracks that are mediocre. Mediocre for Sarah is like saying "great" for most other artists, but when I listen to songs like FEAR, BUILDING A MYSTERY, INTO THE FIRE, BEN'S SONG or STUPID, there is hardly anything like that on this new album.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mike Steeves on June 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Finally, after another long seven year wait between albums we're treated to a surprise by Sarah McLachlan!

I've been a huge Sarah fan most of my life, and honestly thought everything since Fumbling Towards Ecstasy has been a little bit of a let down. I'll never understand why Surfacing was Sarah's Opus as I regard it as perhaps her least inspired disc (perhaps due to the fact that it was overplayed TO DEATH by everyone and their dog). Afterglow was a nice solid progression, with excellent lyrics, but I always felt it was too 'one flavour', though it was tasty.

With Laws of Illusion, Sarah gives us a few surprises! The horrible break-up from her husband obviously gave her excellent emotional fodder to carve out the gems on this disc. Great art comes from pain and it's evident here.
However, if you're to pick apart the lyrics of a few songs line by line they do sound quite cliche. For example how many times have lines almost exactly like this appeared in some banal song: 'I've been down a long road / I shout it from the rooftops / You light me up you take me higher / Now every time I see you I can't help but look away / I don't care what people say I'm ready now to face this day . . .' ?
Regardless of this these lyrics still work and for most of the rest of the songs are great at delving up imagery and emotion. Awakenings, Love Come and Heartbreak are stand-outs tracks for me. Her cover of Bring On the Wonder, while not written by her, is another favourite.

The big surprises come with the actual Music! It's a breakup record for sure, but it's upbeat and positive. The overall tempo of this album is much quicker than I was expecting! There's a cadence to this disc that was lacking on Afterglow.
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