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Passenger Import

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The name Tara MacLean might give cause to wonder if she is some sort of Sarah McLachlan parody. The truth is not too far off. They are both singer-songwriters-pianists from eastern Canada and MacLean enjoyed some left-of-the-limelight attention during the Lilith Fair. But beyond these immediate factoids, the comparisons to McLachlan end. Musically, Passenger has more in common with Jewel's albums. While Jewel turned her street-musician urchin experience into lyrical source material, MacLean turns to her survival of a rather unusual and not entirely pleasant upbringing by her Wiccan-turned-born-again-Christian parents for inspiration. Just as Jewel's lyrical triteness alienates the pragmatic, the New Age undercurrents in MacLean's album, charged with velvety-soft synths and the obligatory trip-hop rhythms, runs the same risk of leaving a syrupy taste. However, some people like their music with a cherry on top, even when the subject matter is bitter; for those, this album will satisfy. For a truly impressive collection in this arena, Kendall Payne's debut cannot be recommended enough. --Beth Massa

1. Jericho
2. Divided
3. If I Fall
4. Reach
5. Dry Land
6. Jordan
7. Passenger
8. Settling
9. Poor Boy
10. La Tempete
11. Blinded
12. Higher

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 8, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Nettwerk
  • ASIN: B000065KUP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sara on May 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I never thought there would be a slow song that would get my heart beating like a dance tune, but 'Settling' by Tara MacLean, featured on this CD, is one of the most amazing songs I've ever heard. But it's not the only song on this CD that is truly a treat to listen to. I first heard some songs by her on soundtracks and on some episodes of 'Dawson's Creek' and it kept me interested in her work. Her voice is lovely and dramatic, like Jewel's but different. I was a little reluctant to buy it when a magazine criticized her for being a little 'too religious' with two songs titled after bible events. But I went with my instincts and I truly enjoyed it. It is one of the best CDs in my collection and not a day goes by that I don't listen to it! Buy it, it's wonderful!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "hollis25" on March 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Well, where do I begin? Tara Maclean is an amazing artist and there's no two ways about it. You can't compare her to anyone else. The song "If I fall" is the first song I fell in love with on this CD. I walked into a downtown cafe and heard her singing this song and I was enchanted by her beautiful voice. After her show I got the opportunity to talk with her, now how often do you go to a performance and get to chat with the artist. I've never had that experience until I met Tara. Back to the album, the songs "Passenger", "La Tempete", and "Settling" are divine. I highly recommend this album to anyone who is longing for a singer with true lyrics and a great heart. I also would urge you to see her live if you get a chance. Her cafe tour was all free shows, what a bargain for such a talented woman!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ankh fire on August 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first heard of Tara MacLean when, by chance, I heard her song "If I Fall." I almost immediately fell in love with it, but was reluctant to buy her album; as in past experiences with other artists, sometimes the only song you've heard is the only good song. I finally broke down and bought Passenger-- and it is now one of my favorite cd's. Tara has a very beautiful voice-- an excellent tone and moving expression. Her lyrics, most of which she wrote herself, are stirring and often even spiritual. One track is in French-- a very beautiful song loosely translated as "The Storm." If I listed my favorite songs I would have to list at least half of them, but to be a bit more helpful, I'd have to say that "Jericho," "If I Fall," and "Passenger" are my favorites. I love her music so much that I bought her first album, Silence, as soon as I could. I hope she comes out with many more just as beautiful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I first listened, I was sort of regretful on buying this album--it just didn't do anything for me. I wasn't impressed. But I kept it, and then a few months later I listened again--and again and again. And now I play Tara MacLean more than I play Sarah MacLachlan or Dido. She's very beautiful--her voice, her beautiful lyrics, her sound. She's not unusual--(except for maybe her last two songs) but she's good. I like and respect her work, and I often fall asleep with it playing in my cd player. Like most good albums this one takes time to love. And like most good albums, once you love it you'll always love it--it's not a flighting fancy. Buy this one and "Silence" You will not regret it, I promise. (Say Britney?)
Noted songs: (Ones to download to test drive this CD)
*Blinded
*If I Fall
*Passanger
*Jordan
And from "Silence"
*Silence
*Evidence
*For you
*Let her feel the rain
Enjoy
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Lash on March 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Once in a while I come across a CD that captures my imagination and thoughts. For me its rare that I like just about very cut on a CD and its even rarer that the music seeps into my consciousness. This is that CD. There have been references to Sarah McLaughlan and I suppose that fits. But Tara Maclean stands on her own as a performer who weaves beautiful images with her band and amazing voice. After this CD won me over I ran out and bought Silence, her first CD. I must admit that like Passenger better. There is something about her music that is hard to describe but I knew almost right away that the music she creates is personal and from the heart without being sentimental. There are truths here in her words. If you want an extraordinary listening voyage I urge everybody who reads this to get this truly miraculous CD. You will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
4 albums have been released recently that are so powerful, they will change the face of music for many years to come. Tara MacLean's "Passenger" is at the top of that list. Her song writing is beyond her years, the music is powerful and poetic and the CD just won't leave your Stereo.
Along with Diana Krall's, "When I Look in Your Eyes.", Keith Jarrett's, "The Melody At Night With You," Sting's "Brand New Day" and John McArthur's, "Hidden." Tara MacLean's "Passenger " is number one in my top 5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on May 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'm a big supporter of Nettwerk Records. There are times, however, when I think its roster of producers and musicians may not be the best to serve some of its artists.
Nettwerk artists tend to have a studio sheen to them, and more than a few of them are fitted with synthesized arrangements that point to a unified sonic identity for the label (similar to England's 4AD). In the case of Tara MacLean, unfortunately, it's to the detriment of her sound. On her debut Silence, MacLean shone the brightest when her voice was left to express itself, without layers and layers of sound effects and keyboards to obscure her. And it was no surprise that MacLean's strongest recordings so far are live tracks: The live versions of "Evidence" from the If You See Me EP and "Hold Me Jordan" from the first double-disc Lilith Fair compilation showed that MacLean wasn't a docile kind of angelic voice, but is capable of a fiery delivery, infinitely expressive, knowingly giving up some technical polish for emotional outbreak.
Passenger doesn't take full advantage of that. Though rhythms tend to be snappier and MacLean's vocal performance less restrained than on Silence, there are still times when the synths (mediocre drumming aplenty on this record) give the songs a colder feel than they deserve. "If I Fall", "Jericho", "Passenger", "Dry Land" -- all of them suffer from this. They are wonderfully written and MacLean's singing is bell-clear, but I always think they could be taken to another level if given a rawer, more spontaneous treatment.
As of now, Passnger is a little too mannered, too distant, and not tapping into the delicious fire that MacLean can access in her live performances. She remains an artist to watch and listen for -- especially for the day when she cuts loose her powerful voice and shows us her true potential.
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