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Album Review

Shine On captures Sarah McLachlan at a period of transition, switching labels (she's signed with Verve after decades at Arista) and experiencing the death of her father and divorce from her husband. Some of this turbulence can be heard underneath the surface of Shine On — explicitly so on "Song for My Father" and "Broken Heart," whose titles give their game away — but the defining characteristic of this seventh McLachlan studio album is not despair but rather hope. Certainly, there is melancholy here — a feeling that surfaces in the slower, gentler moments, the kind of sound that is heavily associated with McLachlan's mid-'90s hits — but there's also a surprising, resilient buoyancy here, manifesting itself in big, ringing adult alternative pop tunes that pepper the album. Surrounding these songs — the best of which are "In Your Shoes" and "Monsters" — are those signature McLachlan swoons, the surprisingly soulful "Love Beside Me" and an effective, swinging coda called "The Sound That Love Makes" that's built on a simple ukulele but soon expands. Shine On, as a whole, has a similar trajectory; it starts from simple, sad emotions, then builds out into an embrace of love and life.

Customer Reviews

New Producer and Label = bad direction

I have always liked Sarah McLachlan. Seems like a pretty down to earth and beautiful woman. THe first 4 Albums are great. Largely due I suspect by the guiding hand of producer Pierre Marchand. Of course the smaterial was great as well. Deep, spiritual and introspective songs.

Sarah has certainly changed her tune these days and her approach to song writing. I'm not a huge follower of her, but from what I gathered I think she ditched Pierre and did some work with Bob Rock. I had laws of Illusion on the playlist when I worked at the bookstore. Some of it was good but I think it maybe wasn't quite what she wanted?

Anyway, the plus side is Sarah sounds happy in her songs now. They now have a light touch that also unfortunently soends focus group and record label approved. very sanitary. And now comes the Christmas albums. I guess that is what is in her contract. I'm sure they do well but the depth she potentially has. The soulfulness is pretty much gone.

Hopefully, i dont sound too hipster by criticising her a little bit. I mean how may artists have 4 great albums? She is obviously very talented and I'm sure to a lot of people this is the best album.

Sometimes artists reinvent themselves for a new generation. It happens. I am grateful for the soulful, elegant, wide eyed Sarah Mclachlan that is in my mind and I will keep my ears open to see where she goes...

Finally a new album and sounds fantastic

Can't wait to listen to all the songs in their entirety.


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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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