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on December 1, 2000
I recently posted a review of Sarah McLachlan's "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy", which most people seem to think is a flawless gem of an album. My thoughts on that album were mostly positive but with reservations about the songwriting. Having now heard "Solace", I see the same problem only far, far worse.
The thing is this: although Sarah can sing magnificently, her backing musicians are superb at their craft, and the production is lush and smooth, the songs themselves are truly dull. And yet it's surprisingly easy to miss this fact - the album burbles on quite happily as background music, but once it's finished you'll find that you can't remember a single tune, nor indeed can you distinguish between any of the tracks on the album.
If all you want is something to play in the background at dinner parties, then I guess it's fine (though I can think of many albums better for that purpose too), but if you want to sit down and really LISTEN to the music, you'll find it a very unsatisfying experience indeed. It's like poorly thought out folk music that's been heavily polished by lavish production techniques.
As I mentioned in my other review, if you want music of this genre you'd be better checking out anything from Beth Orton, Dido, Kate Bush, Capercaillie, the Cocteau Twins or Jerry Burns. For any of these artists, the songwriting comes first, and the producer only provides the finishing touches.
As for Sarah McLachlan, I'd recommend she changes her producer for one that can take her considerable singing talents in fresh directions. Either her songs need to be stronger, or the production needs to be a lot simpler.
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on October 24, 2005
I found myself listening for 30 seconds to each song and then skipping it. It's nothing new. It's not that it's a bad CD, it's just not very good. The songs are a little more fast paced and "pop-ish." Overall, the CD is a departure from her typical style. I felt kind of like I had put 50 cents in the soda machine for a Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper came out instead.
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on November 20, 2006
It's a good album to listen to while cleaning your apartment. Save your money. Assuming your time is valuable don't bother listening to it. It would be a complete and total waste of time. Sarah proves again that she has some powerful pipes but so what? At least "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" has "Possession" and a couple of other songs which have hooks. You get the picture that Sarah was under pressure from the record company and just cranked out some songs with no hit potential and nothing really for the concentrating listener.
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