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"Afterglow" features all new songs including: "Fallen", "Stupid", "World on Fire", "Drifting", "Answer", "Trainwreck", "Perfect Girl", "Time", and "Push".
Is Sarah McLachlan a secret punk rocker? To be sure, her rebellion is hushed. On Afterglow, her first studio album since 1997's Surfacing, McLachlans music is as tempered as ever; at times even the piano chords at the heart of the sound are tucked neatly beneath layer upon layer of strings and overdubbed voices. Listen to whats being sung within this soothing aural bed, though, and hear the just-before-sleep murmurings of the quietest riot grrl: "Im a train wreck waiting to happen.... a wildfire born of frustration," "How stupid could I be.... youre no good for me, but youre the only one I see," "I have to push just to see how far youll go." The latter song ("Push") resolves itself with the assurance, "You complete me." Ultimately, McLachlan fans will be comforted again by what turns out to be her reliably untroubled aesthetic. --Rickey Wright
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.62 x 4.92 x 0.33 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Sony Legacy
- Original Release Date : 2003
- Run time : 40 minutes
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Sony Legacy
- ASIN : B0000C6E4D
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #70,998 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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As is usually the case with any media (music, books, movies) the more you listen (or read or watch) the more you understand it and gradually begin to love it. Some of the songs began to stand out to me; among them Fallen, which was just a little too melodramatic and despairing for me; Stupid, with its slamming wall of guitars and ominous strings at the chorus; and epecially Answer, which soon became my favorite track and is actually fast becoming one of the most played songs on my ipod as I wake up to its peaceful, mellow piano and Sarah's silky voice every morning.
Altogether not a bad experience from Sarah and I will go on to buy more of her albums, but I wasn't blown away with this one. Even though I haven't really heard much else from her, I got the impression that she wasn't being herself, that she was experimenting and it didn't gel with her identity as an artist or as a person.
This album gets four stars from me because while I do like it overall, it does get a bit bland as it plays out, and there are a couple of songs that I do not care much for. So Afterglow is a good choice if you are looking for something easy on the ears but still thoughtful and introspective. Not Sarah's best work, but still worth a shot.
I bought this when it first came out, but in the intervening years the disc has disappeared (though I still have the case) so I purchased it again.
Oh, the music is totally 5 stars, but you know the little booklet that's included in the case? All the pages are still included, but now it's printed on really thin paper, rather than on the nice stock from before. Like those who waited to buy it don't deserve the good paper.
So minus one star for going cheap on the product overall, but the music itself is fantastic.
There is something in this voice, in the lyrics, in the music, an authenticity, a sincerity, that flexes underneath these very simple songs, you never quite see it coming, it's a kind of emotional sucker-punch. I don't often cry, but oh my god, Sarah Mclachlan, Afterglow rung me out as silly as a submarine with screen doors.
The girl can sing. But Pierre Marchand deserves much praise for the foxlike subtlety of these arrangments and the ethereal flow from song to song. I was not surprised to learn that he has been an integral part of the Mclachlan magic for a long time. Kudos to Pierre, and to Sarah for choosing him.
Initially, Fallen and Stupid were the most important tracks to me, but eventually Push, Time, and Drifting, all worked their way into my heart as well. There are no weak tracks, non that I skip over.
I let Afterglow play continuously and exclusively for two weeks in my Nissan Pathfinder. I ran all kinds of silly errands, took the longest possible route, for any excuse at all, just be left alone with this incredible songwriter in my car.
After five days, I had to have it all, so I ordered her entire catalog, and yeah, okay I agree that Fumbling is amazing, and indeed, I'm not surprised that Surfacing sold 11 million units, but Afterglow is not dimished in the presence of these obvious masterworks.
5 Stars for Afterglow, and boogie on Sarah Mclachlan!
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So does it deliver? Well, yes. While this is hardly an album that will convert the masses to McLachlan's music, her fans will probably like it more or less instantly. It's laid back, kind of introvert and while the same could be said about her earlier work, this album does feel more mature than its predecessors.
Gifted with an exceptional voice and a songwriting talent to match, there are plenty of good tracks on 'Afterglow'. One of the best is the first track, 'Fallen', a great song that easily matches her best work on previous albums. 'Stupid', 'Train Wreck' and 'Perfect Girl' are also high points.
Unlike 'Fumbling Towards Ecstacy' and 'Surfacing', I do feel that 'Afterglow' never really takes off, though. At times, I find that it's a bit too pleasant and lacks some challenges for the listener. In other words, my perception of Sarah McLachlan remains unchanged after hearing this album. In some ways that is good, because it does nothing to detract from that perception. But on the other hand, there is very little progression to be found here.
For the fans: you will already have bought it (and you should). For the rest: this is not at all a bad starting point for those interested in great music, good songwriting and distinctive vocal work.