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Sarah McLachlan exists in her own time and space. Times change, but McLachlan remains true to her original visions. In conjunction with the restart of Lilith Fair, McLachlan releases her first album of new material in seven years. It’s exactly what a McLachlan fan would want and expect. Longtime producer Pierre Marchand applies the adult-contemporary gloss, while McLachlan sings her folk-pop heart out with songs of spiritual renewal. “Awakenings,” “Loving You Is Easy,” the piano ballad “Forgiveness” and the rallying buzz of “Don’t Give Up On Us” come together as yet another assured album of effortless grace and genuine talent. In some ways, it makes McLachlan sound almost old-fashioned, as she offers up songs that could easily fit onto her other albums. (“Rivers of Love” could easily fit in on 2003’s Afterglow). Like a modern-day folksinger clinging to her values, McLachlan doesn’t compromise or try to become the next big thing.

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Laws of illusion

Haven't heard the whole thing yet but Awakenings is an absolute masterpiece


I have been a Sarah fan since her first album, Touch. Sarah has unique and ethereal vocals and her ability and talent to combine these vocals with her music/lyric writing, plus guitar and piano is phenomenal. Laws of Illusion is a breathtaking piece of work, well worth the seven years us fans have had to wait! Laws of Illusions is deeply personal, so much so that I feel when I am listening to it, I have an insight into Sarah's heart. "Awakenings" starts the album off perfectly, by the time you reach "Forgiveness" you'll be searching for your own soul; "Don't Give Up On Us" and "Bring On The Wonder" are gut wrenching and then you end with the piece de resistance, "Love Come" (Piano Version). My all-time fave song of Sarah's is her piano version of "Possession" on her Fumbling Towards Ecstasy album. I think, just maybe, her piano version of "Love Come" tops this. I go through every emotion one human possibly can go through listening to this song.

Sarah makes me ache, yearn, love, cry, breathe and heal. Her vocals and music inspire and fuel my art and own writing like no other. If I'm in an artist's slump or have writer's block, Sarah pulls me out and gets me thinking and feeling once again. How many other musical artists can do that to you.

If you are a long-time Sarah fan or have just learned of Sarah and her music- you will embrace it. Your life (and iPod) will be complete.


This album is just really beautiful. It is pretty much the reason I love Sarah McLachlan so much. Sarah at her best. Bring On The Wonder and the piano version of Love Come are my favourites. It has the same sort of spirit as my favourite song of hers "Angel".


Born: 28 January 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Since her debut in 1988, Sarah McLachlan's atmospheric folk-pop has gained a devoted following not only in her native Canada, where she established star status with her first album, but also in the U.S. and U.K. The following two decades saw her grow both as a musician and songwriter, continually redefining herself and emerging as a major voice in the growing adult alternative pop format. She also founded Lilith Fair, a concert tour that helped usher other female songwriters into the mainstream during...
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