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Album Review

Dedicated fans of Sarah McLachlan had a lot to buy in 2008, when the Canadian songwriter issued three retrospective albums. Rarities, B-Sides & Other Stuff, Vol. 2 led the pack in April, followed by a deluxe edition of Fumbling Toward Ecstasy several months later. Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan brought up the rear, arriving in October and compiling McLachlan's greatest hits along with two new songs. "Don't Give Up on Us" and "U Want Me 2" are standard McLachlan tunes, mixing adult contemporary songcraft with the soothing, evergreen vocals that helped her rise to prominence. As always, producer Pierre Marchand helms both of those new songs, and his presence throughout this compilation — not to mention McLachlan's steady songcraft — helps make Closer a consistent, unified work. Casual fans will find what they need in the regular 16-track version, while diehards might want to look at the two-disc version, which includes additional songs and several remixes. [A deluxe edition was also released.]

Customer Reviews

Closer, But Not Close Enough

The choices here should have been narrowed down to one disc. Two discs at the hefty price of $16.99 is just gratuitous. Sarah's inspiration has been lost since her heyday in the 90's. Her latest single, and the singles released from her last studio album in 2003, "Afterglow," are pale attempts to recycle the tired Lillith Fair soft-chick rock formula that revolutioned the world of female musicianship 10+ years ago. Now what we're left with are vanilla mood pieces that don't sound as poignant as they once did, but rather, soporific. And aside from the "Surfacing" singles, most of these haven't aged well. Sarah has a wonderful voice and is an excellent pianist, but her songwriting abilities are limited and after her breakthrough in 1998 she's never managed to expand on her sound in any way, shape, or form. Most listeners will grow weary of this before getting to the second disc so I wouldn't recommend this collection to the casual fan, and I'd even encourage the hardcore fan to avoid this and buy her first few studio albums instead.

Get the new songs . .skip the rest

All I have to say is "Thank you i-Tunes for not making the new tracks 'album only'". Nuff said.

Two new songs

Sarah will always reign supreme! Thank you for the two new songs! We are all hoping that you are able to move past your personal tragedy and start the healing process. First!!!


Born: January 28, 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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