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Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is the album that transformed Sarah McLachlan from cult hero to household name. In place of the post-New Wave backdrops that defined her early work, McLachlan’s third effort finds her operatic, otherworldly vocals echoing off spare, dreamy soundscapes designed by producer Pierre Marchand. From the plaintive guitar on “Good Enough” (an aching ballad that touches on domestic violence) to the throbbing percussion on the sinewy kiss-off “Plenty”, Fumbling crystallises the singer/songwriter’s distinctively moody sound.

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One of the most breathtakingly beautiful albums in the world...

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is, in my opinion, Sarah McLachlan’s most emotional, personal and brilliant album to date and my number one album of all time.

Each song brings such different emotions of love, loss, happiness, uncertainty, a fighting spirit that cannot be defeated (Listen to her cry out on Elsewhere, "I believe this is heaven to no one else but me and I'll defend it as long as I can be left here to linger in silence...".
From the captivating Possession, “Oh you speak to me in riddles and
you speak to me in rhymes,
 my body aches to breathe your breath,
 your words keep me alive” to the heartbreaking truth of the longing for love from another on Fumbling's title track, "And if I shed a tear I won't cage it, I won't fear love...!", this piece of artistic brilliance brings together everything that you could ever possibly wish for in an album, a frank and honest work that will captivate your soul for years to come.

Highlights include the almost operatic Fear, the hauntingly dark and soulful Wait, the heartbreaking Hold On (A song which drew inspiration from a documentary about a woman who cared for her husband who was dying from AIDS) and Ice, a tale of addition to love for another person.

Highly recommended.


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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