Afterglow

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Sarah McLachlan ends a lengthy silence with Afterglow, her first release since the Lilith Fair souvenir Mirrorball and her first album of new songs since 1997's Surfacing. McLachlan may have gone through personal upheaval during the intervening time -- losing her mother and becoming one herself -- but one thing remains consistent: the mesmerizing beauty of her music. As in the past, the Canadian chanteuse recorded with producer Pierre Marchand, who casts her angelic vocals in jewel-like settings, where melodies spelled out by piano mingle with strummed acoustic guitars, sweeping strings, and subtle synth flourishes. But that's all icing on the cake, as the main ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Sarah McLachlan ends a lengthy silence with Afterglow, her first release since the Lilith Fair souvenir Mirrorball and her first album of new songs since 1997's Surfacing. McLachlan may have gone through personal upheaval during the intervening time -- losing her mother and becoming one herself -- but one thing remains consistent: the mesmerizing beauty of her music. As in the past, the Canadian chanteuse recorded with producer Pierre Marchand, who casts her angelic vocals in jewel-like settings, where melodies spelled out by piano mingle with strummed acoustic guitars, sweeping strings, and subtle synth flourishes. But that's all icing on the cake, as the main ingredient remains McLachlan's hauntingly beautiful melodies and luminescent voice. Whether she's reflecting on her darkest hours the enchanting first single, "Fallen", singing an ode to true love the whispered "Push", or charting a broken, post-9/11 landscape "World on Fire", her sweet, soaring delivery brings to life the naked emotion in her words. Even when she jiggers the mix -- as on "Train Wreck," which could've emerged from a down-tempo club -- it's the marriage of voice and song that clears the path for heaven. Like Sinéad O'Connor or Kate Bush, McLachlan could bewitch just by singing the phone book -- but with her message and melodies, she does so much more: Afterglow kindles a bright flame of faith from the heart's darkest corners.
New York Times - Neil Strauss
Ms. McLachlan manages to convey complexity with simplicity.
Blender - Tom Moon
It's quite a feat: crushing, weighty themes conveyed via music that floats in a netherworld a few steps off the ground.

It's quite a feat: crushing, weighty themes conveyed via music that floats in a netherworld a few steps off the ground.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2007
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 828765757522
  • Catalog Number: 707520
  • Sales rank: 354,537

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fallen
  2. 2 World on Fire
  3. 3 Stupid
  4. 4 Drifting
  5. 5 Train Wreck
  6. 6 Push
  7. 7 Answer
  8. 8 Time
  9. 9 Perfect Girl
  10. 10 Dirty Little Secret
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah McLachlan Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, fender rhodes
Bill Dillon Organ, Guitar, Guitorgan
Ethan Johns Guitar
Darryl Johnson Bass
Dave Kershaw Hammond Organ
Tony Levin Bass
Pierre Marchand Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Jerry Marotta Percussion
Jim Creeggan Acoustic Bass
Ashwin Sood Percussion, Drums, Loops, keyboard bass
Sean Ashby Guitar
Mark Jowett Guitar
Michel Pepin Guitar
Yves Desrosiers Guitar
Michael Chaves Guitar
Jorane Cello
Technical Credits
Sarah McLachlan Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Pierre Marchand Composer, Producer, Engineer
John Oliviera Engineer
Christopher Marc Potter Engineer
Roman Klun Engineer
Jorane Cello Arrangement, Vocal Treatments
Pete Caigan Engineer
Yanick Daunais Engineer
Brian Hogue Engineer
Linda Strawberry Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    If you only get one Sarah McLachlan CD, get this one!

    My favorite album from her yet--highly recommended. Every song is good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No Sharp Edges Here

    It's without doubt that Sarah's voice will always be beautiful, but with this album I often found myself a little frustrated. I was expecting something of the raw, spunky, edgy strength of Mirrorball and Surfacing, but she never seems to break beyond her smooth and gentle tones, to the point that it almost seems dulled down. Yes, it's pretty and graceful, but it's not powerful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Welcome Back

    6 long years...shes come back and done so beautifully. I admit, 'Afterglow' is quite different from what I'm used to, Sarah Mclachlan-wise but its still her where ever song has a Uniqueness. Shes not afraid to write whats there inside and she can do it without going overboard. Shes a beautiful person, and her music reflects that. All the songs are great, my favorites are "Fallen", "Time", "World on Fire".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the only Cds I would give 5 STARS

    Sarah MaC is the best artist, seen and heard. This cd is so refreshing, but all her cd's have their own theme to them. Its just like living her life through them. I read on another review that one her cds was NOT recommended but I can proudly say that I own ALL of them and ALL of them are amazing in their own way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This the best!

    Her voice is so beautifull in very way:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I've never been so happy to fork over $20! (I buy at BN, not Wallmart)

    I can rightfully call this Sarah's best ever album. As soon as you put it into the CD player, you are swept up in the regretful embrace of "Fallen." Afterglow includes SM's second single "World on Fire," bringing the modern worlds feel into this long awaited masterpiece. I have never been so happy to fork over twenty bucks, honestly. One of my favorites on this album is "Drifting," which is about being a super-star, and forgetting about the things that matter. My personal fav is the night time whispered farytale, "Answer." Another incredible break through for Sarah is her first official happy song: "Push." Dedicated to her husband. I absolutely love this CD. The best i own. Fumbling Towards Ecstacy is a sad joke next to Afterglow, but Surfacing is just as good. When you listen to Afterglow, you can sense something in Sarah. A change. Almost as if she has become more comfortable with her very own voice. It is really quite amazing, and nothing sends me to sleep faster than listening to "Answer."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sarah is the best

    Sarah is the best singer I have ever heard... Her voice is as haunting as ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Skillfully crafted

    This album is a collection of expertly-written, skillfully-crafter original songs. Everyone of them has a creative tune and thoughtful lyrics. Sara McLachlan is clearly one of the outstanding talents of this musical era.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AN AWESOME CD!

    this is an awesome CD ... I would definately reccomend it to anyone ... it is so full of emotion and I can totally relate to all of the songs ... my favorite song to listen to in "Answer" ... I really enjoy listening to this song because it makes me feel good about myself ... it also helps me cheer up when I'm feeling blue ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sarah is Back!!!

    After a six-year hiatus, Sarah McLachlan is back with an album as powerful and moving as her previous accomplishments. This album features many songs that will be memorable for years to come. A must buy! Listen to Fallen, Stupid, and Trainwreck.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sarah fan

    I love this cd! the songs are so full of emotion and the lyrics are great. "Fallen" and "Stupid" are one of Sarah's best songs. This cd has a permanent spot in my cd-player.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT!

    I love this album and I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grows on you.

    I enjoyed the song Fallen so much,I purchased this CD. Not as impressed with the other nine tracks. I guess I was expecting a CD as awesome as Mirrorball. But, after listening a few more times, I am beginning to appreciate the other songs. Sarah's voice is beautiful, its almost as if the other songs are overshadowed by the haunting melody of Fallen. I now enjoy five of the ten songs on the CD, so I am not sorry I purchased it.I think it will become a favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We're SO glad Sarah is back!

    I absolutely LOVE this new cd! I pre-ordered it and started playing it every day as soon as I received it. Our girls, 8 & 10, received their first CD Walkmans for Christmas and this was the first CD the girls wanted. My husband is also a big fan. Sarah's voice is one of the most beautiful instruments I have ever heard and she improves with every new release!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I've fallen.....

    yes, she has done it again with this beautiful and comforting materpiece. Sarah says all the things I feel and I absolutely love and appreciate her work for it. "Closer" by Goapele. "Crush" by DMB.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spectacular

    I have never bought an album where I have liked all the tracks. This is an exception. Every song in this collection has a meaning and melody that are so captivating and Sarah's voice is beyond compare. As cliche' as this will sound, she has the voice of an angel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh Canada; MacLaughlin's latest worth the wait

    If objectivity were a prerequisit for quality songwriting, society would crummble. The ability to step back and take time to reflect then place those reflections into a recordable format is a lost art. Sara MacLaughlin defines objectivity. Her latest effort, Afterglow, is no exception. It is not only laden with objective lyrical content, but also rhythmic stylings, pacings and arrangemental motions which have been the signature of MacLaughlin's music from her hummble Canadian beginnings. Her nearly six-year absence from the music industry did nothing to tarnish Afterglow. She earned a break, especially as she entered motherhood for the first time. There is a difference here. You know how good TV shows have been ruined when the two principle players shack up? It could be argued that new mothers and subsequent albums are equally fouled with reflective diatribes on the pains of motherdom and various domestic bliss (with all due respect to every mom!) Not this record. It's tastefully dark, brooding in places countered with appropriate cheer, only to be punctuated with careful orchestration and peerless production from longtime MacLaughlin knob turner, Pierre Marchand. A question remains - where will MacLaughlin's music fit in today's music melting pot? The industry kitchen is stirring pot O' gruel and serving up plates of Pink Avril bisque, Beyonce broccholi Spears, finishing off with a bowl of creamy Aquilera. Fortunately, the question is rhetorical. MacLaughlin doesn't need record sales and constant touring. She has three Grammys on her mantle and her Lilith Fair project helped bring music by women - legitimate women's music - to the forefront with a number of tours and live albums. Shawn Colvin, Liz Phair and Queen Latifah are all Lilith vets. It could be argued they've made it on their own anyway, but so did Sara MacLaughlin, in her own, objective sort of way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Perfect Follow-Up to a Long Hiatus

    Afterglow is a great album to follow McLachlan's 1997 Surfacing. The album combines sad piano ballads with some more up beat rock songs. McLachlan also throws a little electronic sound to the mix, which I also loved. A must buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely astonishing!

    Sarah's voice is absolutely stunning. I thoroughly enjoyed EVERY song on this CD. Everything from her voice, lyrics(!!), and instrumentals is breathtaking. This is a MUST HAVE!!! It's one of her very best. Can she captivate her listener, or what?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best cd ever!

    Even though this cd only has 10 songs, it is one heck of a cd!!! IT does NOT disappoint! especially if you're already a Sarah Mclachlan fan! The lyrics of all these songs are so simple, yet so meaningful! it's a brilliant album! My fav songs are: push (a love song), dirty little secret, drifting, and answer. This cd is very enjoyable! DEFINITELY BUY IT!

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