Canadian singer songwriter Sarah's music provides subtle mood changes. Her music is intensely moving and full of both sad poignancy and hopeful joys. While several of her song titles sound full of sad heartbreaks this new album does indeed shine. I enjoy her arrangements and her piano playing which always serves the song firstly. On this new album some of the backing has a more updated feel, with slow trumpet, discordant soaring guitar, gentle ukulele and long note keys. She has a wide ranging expressive voice and songs that linger.
I particularly like the new songs - Broken Heart, Brink of Destruction, Beautiful Girl. I am not as keen on the arrangements on the song Monster however.
I have of course enjoyed her previous albums Afterglow (2003) and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1993)
I know she is wonderful live going by several YouTube clips - so I hope Sarah you might play over here in Scotland very soon! Hint hint.
Her song, "One Dream," was the official theme song of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Sarah McLachlan has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. McLachlan's best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards (out of four nominations) and four Juno Awards. She founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians on a scale that had never been attempted before. The Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, and resumed in the summer of 2010. On May 6, 2014, she released her first album of original music in four years, titled Shine On.
It has been wonderful so far this year with some of my favourite artists releasing new albums - Sarah McLachlan, Cara Dillon (A Thousand Hearts), Dougie MacLean.
Plus some exciting new artists I've seen on the Jools Holland show - including White Denim from Austin Texas. Goodness no wonder the genres are blurring these days! White Denim is a four-piece rock band from Austin, Texas. Their music draws influence from dub, psychedelic rock, blues, punk rock, progressive rock, soul, jazz, experimental rock with home based recording, jamming approach, intense looping work and unusual song structures.