Fumbling Towards Ecstasy [Bonus CD/DVD]

( 2 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Although 1991's Solace made Sarah McLachlan a star in Canada, her international breakthrough arrived two years later with Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, a softly assured album that combined the atmospheric production of Pierre Marchand a former apprentice -- and evident disciple -- of Daniel Lanois with some of McLachlan's strongest songwriting to date. At the center of everything was her voice, an ethereal, lilting soprano that helped pave the way for Paula Cole, Lillith Fair, and a decade's worth of successful female songwriters. McLachlan utilized the crack between her chest and head voice, emphasizing the changing tones as her melodies climbed into the vocal stratosphere. ...
See more details below
CD (Bonus DVD / Bonus CD)
$15.19
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$15.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (8) from $13.87   
  • New (8) from $13.87   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Although 1991's Solace made Sarah McLachlan a star in Canada, her international breakthrough arrived two years later with Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, a softly assured album that combined the atmospheric production of Pierre Marchand a former apprentice -- and evident disciple -- of Daniel Lanois with some of McLachlan's strongest songwriting to date. At the center of everything was her voice, an ethereal, lilting soprano that helped pave the way for Paula Cole, Lillith Fair, and a decade's worth of successful female songwriters. McLachlan utilized the crack between her chest and head voice, emphasizing the changing tones as her melodies climbed into the vocal stratosphere. She was also comparatively young at the time of Ecstasy's release, and her combination of vocal hooks and commercial appeal wouldn't be fully mastered until 1997's Surfacing. Even so, McLachlan's work was rarely as raw or honest as it is here, where tales of sin, lust, and love are delivered alongside piano arpeggios and electronic flourishes. "Possession," the album's lead-off single, is a jarring love ballad with lyrics inspired by a stalker's correspondence. There's a double-edged quality to the song's eerie lines -- "I'll take your breath away," "I won't be denied," "Just close your eyes, dear" -- and Marchand underscores that tension by setting McLachlan's melodies to a nocturnal trip-hop beat. Elsewhere, the two lighten up with "Ice Cream," which likens love's sweetness to decadent deserts, yet Fumbling Towards Ecstasy takes most of its strength from the lush, rhythmic dreamscapes that dominate the album. Alternately dark and shimmering, intimate and ornate, soothing and slyly unsettling, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy launched McLachlan's international star power while setting a high bar for her future albums, many of which approached -- but not never quite eclipsed -- this career highlight. [An extended "legacy edition" of Fumbling Towards Ecstasy was released in 2008, commemorating the album's 15-year anniversary with a three-disc package comprising the original album, the gold-certified Freedom Sessions, and a live DVD filmed in 1994.]
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
1/2 This 1994 breakthrough remains her atmospheric soft-rocking peak because gracefully goth marvels like "Fear" are not only exquisitely rendered but emotionally accessible.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 828768728529
  • Catalog Number: 87285
  • Sales rank: 90,371

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Possession (4:39)
  2. 2 Wait (4:09)
  3. 3 Plenty (4:05)
  4. 4 Good Enough (5:03)
  5. 5 Mary (3:55)
  6. 6 Elsewhere (4:44)
  7. 7 Circle (3:43)
  8. 8 Ice (3:55)
  9. 9 Hold On (4:09)
  10. 10 Ice Cream (2:44)
  11. 11 Fear (3:59)
  12. 12 Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (4:56)
  13. 13 Possession (4:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Elsewhere (4:35)
  2. 2 Plenty (3:23)
  3. 3 Mary (3:56)
  4. 4 Good Enough (3:20)
  5. 5 Hold On (6:45)
  6. 6 Ice Cream (2:35)
  7. 7 Ice (4:00)
  8. 8 Ol' 55 (4:15)
  9. 9 Hold On (4:43)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Plenty
  2. 2 Good Enough
  3. 3 Wait
  4. 4 Home
  5. 5 Ice
  6. 6 Ben's Song
  7. 7 Out of the Shadows
  8. 8 I Will Not Forget You
  9. 9 Path of Thorns
  10. 10 Hold On
  11. 11 Possession
  12. 12 Mary
  13. 13 Ice Cream
  14. 14 Fumbling Towards Ecstacy
  15. 15 Ol' 55
  16. 16 Possession
  17. 17 Possession
  18. 18 Hold On
  19. 19 Good Enough
  20. 20 Bonus Materials
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah McLachlan Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Bill Dillon Bass, Guitar, Piano, Guitorgan
Dave Kershaw Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
Pierre Marchand Bass, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Performing Ensemble, Shaker, Roland TR-808, Percussion Machine
Jerry Marotta Percussion, Drums
Dave Sinclair Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Background Vocals
Michel Dubeau Saxophone
Brian Minato Bass
Guy Nadon Drums
Jane Scarpantoni Cello
Ashwin Sood Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Djembe
Luke Doucet Guitar, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Camille Henderson Background Vocals
Lou Stefano Drums
Technical Credits
Tom Waits Composer
Sarah McLachlan Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Dave Kershaw Engineer
Pierre Marchand Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum machine, drum programming, Found Sounds
John Rummen Art Direction
Roman Klun Guitar Engineer
Darren Salmieri Producer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Terry McBride Management
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews