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  • Audio CD (January 28, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: January 28, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VLB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Solace, Nova Scotian Sarah McLachlan's second album, is considerably more mature and musically sophisticated than her 1988 debut, the promising if limited Touch. In fact, this disc is a must-have for McLachlan fans whose first encounter with her work was with her extremely popular later releases, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing. The opening track, "Drawn to the Rhythm," is a habit-forming gem of a song that soars on her smooth and heady soprano and Ronald Jones's addictive drums (though the drone of the billatron in the chorus seems incongruous). The rumbling, electric "Into the Fire" grooves with a funky bass line; the lovelorn "Path of Thorns" and "I Will Not Forget You" are straight-ahead and bluesy. Always wise beyond her years, McLachlan displays a new awakening with introspective songs such as the Sinead O'Connor-esque "Lost" and "Shelter." The hymnlike "Mercy" is the least interesting song--spare in comparison to the others--but it is a wondrous showcase of her multifaceted voice. Without a doubt, Solace is a testament to McLachlan's ever-swelling talent. --Rebecca Robinson

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I decided to buy it.
Matt Nielsen
The third track, Path of Thorns (Terms) is a good song, but sounds much better on Mirrorball.
Tacoma the tiger
Sarah McLachlan has a beautiful voice that fits well with poetic and emotional music.
Lonnie E. Holder

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tacoma the tiger on April 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
My first taste of Sarah's music was from her 1997 album, Surfacing. But five months later, and after listening to all eight of her Arista/Nettwerk releases, my favourite album is Solace. The first seven tracks are what makes it truly so special. Drawn to the rhythm is magical in the sense of it describes a beautiful night near the ocean. Into the Fire, my all time fave. song of Sarah's is also her most upbeat, and also her coolest song. Solace is worth it just for Into the Fire alone! The third track, Path of Thorns (Terms) is a good song, but sounds much better on Mirrorball. I Will Not Forget You, the fourth track, is another favourite. A very sad song, that talks about a false relationship, Sarah says it is about using little fantasies inside your mind to entertain you at dull times in your life. (Us hardcore fans can definately relate)! Lost is not a favourite, sorry to say. The male vocals ruin the song, unlike the excellent "Trust" off Sarah's Touch CD. Back Door Man sounds very much like something Paula Cole would sing. Very earthy sound in the beginning, and the chorus kicks off with a great beat and fine lyrics. Definately one of her better songs here. Shelter is sad, a depressing song which I love anyway. The violin mix off "Rarities" may be a better version, although they both sound the same. Shelter is a beautiful song, sad as it is, as it talks about homeless animals and people, struggling for survival. The tracks after that are pretty boring. Black sounds...well...dark and distorted. I'd love to hear a remix, though, because the lyrics are some of her best on this song. Home is not quite as dull. I love it, because I have heard the live version from a murmurs CD, and I must say, she does it well live.Read more ›
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Like many other fans, I first discovered Sarah when "Possession" became a hit. I then stumbled upon "Solace", and it turned out to be a great stroke of luck. A local radio station played a really moving song with the lyrics "I Will Remember You". I couldn't find such a track (it wasn't in US distribution then) and I wasn't sure of the title at the time, so when I found the track "I Will Not Forget You" on "Solace", I thought this must be the song. Of course, it wasn't, but I find that this song is even more moving than "I Will Remember You". In fact, "Solace" contains some of Sarah's most heart-rending lyrics and haunting melodies. Three of the songs ("Drawn to the Rhythm", "Into the Fire", and "The Path of Thorns") have received reasonable exposure. But for listeners in anguish and pain, "I Will Not Forget You", "Back Door Man", and "Shelter" will provide true catharsis. This album shows incredible maturity from her first release "Touch". "Solace" is the Sarah CD I play the most often; it is the only CD I have bought two copies of--I was constantly playing it both at home and at work. It's no wonder that many fans still rave about it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you loved Sarah McLachlan's emotional and soul-rending 1994 release "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy," you should at least like "Solace." The music in this 1992 release bears stylistic similarity to the latter album, though the music is a bit less refined and the lyrics slightly less poetical than the later release. However, the skill and that wonderful voice are there to be appreciated.

The opening song establishes the poetic and beautiful attributes of Sarah's music. While "Drawn to the Rhythm" only modestly demonstrates Sarah's vocal and writing skills, it is a lovely, enjoyable song. The song is principally acoustic, but there is an instrument that appears in the chorus that may be electronic because I am unfamiliar with its sound.

The next song is out of place between the first and third songs. "Into the Fire" has a harder guitar beat and Sarah's voice sounds as though it is competing with the instruments. The words are less poetic and complex, and this song, while listenable, ends up looking sad next to all the quality music on this CD.

You can hear the pain that would be brought to high art in "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy," listen to "The Path of Thorns." This song is about the end of a relationship, poetically comparing the relationship to a path, now overgrown with thorns. The song is poetry set to music, with stylized descriptions of how she tried so hard, and he never noticed, or cared. I am unable to listen to this song without feeling her despair over a failed relationship for which she had no responsibility. This song may be the best song on this CD, and lucky for us, it is also the longest.

Another outstanding song is "I will not Forget You." The lyrics are full of longing and romance and pain.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on November 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Hooking up with producer Pierre Marchand, who has remained her record producer ever since, Sarah McLachlan took a giant step forward with her second album, 1991's "Solace." This is an outstanding album, practically the sister album of "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy," and one of Sarah's very best works. In fact, I'd rank "Solace" at #2 right behind "Fumbling" as Sarah's masterpiece. The songs, production & arrangements are more sophisticated this time out, and Sarah's gifted soprano voice, which was already very lovely on her debut, "Touch," has matured and become even more beautiful-sounding. Every song on "Solace" is a brilliant one, from the dreamy acoustic melodies of "Drawn To The Rhythm," to the funk-pop of "Into The Fire," to the angelic atmospheres of "Path Of Thorns," to the sparkling balladry of "I Will Not Forget You." "Back Door Man" (no relation to the Doors classic) is a strong pop-rocker, "Black" has a marvelous spookiness to it that reminds me of Peter Gabriel (one of Sarah's favorite artists, and mine, too), and "Mercy" is a powerful acapella track that allows Sarah's voice to work it's magic over your senses. Sarah also does a charming cover of Donovan's "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" to finish off the album in style. I can never say enough good things about Sarah McLachlan. She's without a doubt my favorite lady in the music business right now, with a voice and musical talent that's truly unique. "Solace" is a fantastic album, one of Sarah's very best offerings, and is a definite must-buy.
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