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Laws of Illusion [Deluxe Edition, CD/DVD]

Laws of Illusion [Deluxe Edition, CD/DVD]

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by Sarah McLachlan

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It's been seven years since Sarah McLachlan released Afterglow, her last album of original material. That's a lifetime in the pop world, perhaps, but McLachlan handles her absence well, filling Laws of Illusion with the same sort of adult contemporary fare that made her a star in the first place. The market has changed since


It's been seven years since Sarah McLachlan released Afterglow, her last album of original material. That's a lifetime in the pop world, perhaps, but McLachlan handles her absence well, filling Laws of Illusion with the same sort of adult contemporary fare that made her a star in the first place. The market has changed since McLachlan's late-'90s heyday; pop starlets like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift are now among the industry's most highly prized female songwriters, making McLachlan seem a bit staid and outdated by comparison. With the 2010 revival of Lilith Fair, though, she has somewhat reconstructed the world as it existed a decade ago, and Laws of Illusion furthers the fantasy by taking its cues from Clinton-era folk-pop. It's an album that aims to soothe rather than startle, replete with wistful, lovelorn lyrics and McLachlan's signature arrangements -- a mix of new age atmospherics and singer/songwriter ambience -- courtesy of longtime producer Pierre Marchand. As he's done in the past, Marchand splits his time between highlighting McLachlan's voice with intimate piano chords and piling the orchestrations high, although the two devote more time to ballads this time around. In general, though, McLachlan simply sounds like McLachlan here, seemingly unaged by the seven years that have elapsed since her last record and unconcerned with new trends. [A Deluxe Edition was released in 2010 featuring an alternate version of "Love Come," as well as a bonus DVD of live material.]

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Performance Credits

Sarah McLachlan   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Glockenspiel,Harmonium,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Bill Dillon   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Pierre Marchand   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Glockenspiel,Harmonium,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Tack Piano
Luke Doucet   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Colin Cripps   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Michel Pepin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Yves Desrosiers   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Slide Bass
Maxime St-Pierre   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Robbie Kuster   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Catherine Lesaunier   Cello
J.F. Lemieux   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Sarah McLachlan   Composer
Pierre Marchand   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Fred Bouchard   Pro-Tools
Kharen Hill   Cover Photo,Tray Photo
Susan Enan   Composer
Rosanna Goodman   Direction
Pascal Shefteshy   Engineer

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Laws of Illusion 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
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lalola More than 1 year ago
As a long time fan of Sarah, I was apprehensive about her latest release. In an era where most artists seem to feel that they need to constantly change their style and sound to remain "relevant", Sarah Mclachlan is clearly comfortable in her own skin and making the music that her fans know and love. "Laws of Illusion" is a return to her at her best, with beautiful lyrics and music that are perfect for laying back and relaxing. The track "Out of Tune", in particular, is beautiful with the slight touch of the ethereal that I've come to love from her. The only oddity is the album photography. The cover image, in particular, is a less than attractive photo of her - in fact, she looks more like Teri Hatcher from Desperate Housewives than the true beauty she is. A few of the inner photos reflect her beauty but not as many as one would expect. Imagery aside, though, this is destined to be a Sarah Mclachlan fans new favorite album in a very short amount of time.
seattle07 More than 1 year ago
I'm a Sarah McLachlan fan and I was excited to be picked by the One2One network to review her latest album. Laws of Illusion is her first album in seven years. There's been turmoil in Sarah's life, her marriage has imploded and she's a single mom to her two daughters. Sarah has taken this experience and created an album that covers the various stages of love. If you're hoping for a new relationship, you'll want to listen to "Rivers of Love". If you're in love and want to celebrate, you'll enjoy "Loving You Is Easy" and "Out of Tune". If you're willing to give a relationship a second chance, you'll relate to "Illusions of Bliss" and "U Want Me 2". Trying to survive the end of a relationship? Listen to "Forgiveness" and "Awakenings" and realize that you're worthy of someone better. I enjoyed most of the songs. I didn't enjoy "Bring On The Wonder", the only song not written by Sarah McLachlin or Pierre Marchand, as much. My personal favorites are: "Loving You is Easy", "Heartbreak", "Changes", and "Out of Tune". "Loving You Is Easy" is a fun, upbeat song, "Heartbreak" celebrates resilience, "Changes" and "Out of Tune" are beautiful ballads. Laws of Illusions has upbeat songs, ballads, and quieter, meditative songs. There are songs that suit pensive moods and other songs that will make you get up and dance. I think this album is an excellent blend of poetry and music, and I highly recommend this album!
readingmamaKN More than 1 year ago
I have listened to the entire cd 3 times in less than 24 hours and I love it!!! The music is true to Sarah's style but has a great new sound to it. This is a fantastic addition to her collection!!!!
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ThePrayingMom More than 1 year ago
I've been listening to Sarah McLachlan for a long time, and have always loved her vocals. She has one of the most amazing singing voices among both male and female recording artists. This CD is everything I hoped for. The beautiful vocals and wonderful musical accompaniment make up for any potential flaws. Some of the songs a fairly simple, but I appreciate the simple as well as the more complex. This is my new favorite CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a Sarah McLaughlin fan for years but have not purchased any of her CDs recently. I saw that this was coming out and have been looking forward to giving this new CD a try. My favorites by her have always been songs like Adia where her voice is the focal point of the song. This CD did not disappoint in that regard. There was a mix of pop/alternative songs as well as several quieter vocals. My personal favorites were Forgiveness, Rivers of Love and Bring on the Wonder, but I really enjoyed everything on the disc.
persephonewanders More than 1 year ago
This long awaited album from Sarah McLachlan is haunting and beautiful. As usual, she delivers poignant lyrics that are very easy to relate to. There is a slight departure from her norm as she explores some new rhythms, keeping things fresh and modern. Yet she manages to deliver us with her voice, ah that voice, that makes us shiver.
M_Nelson More than 1 year ago
Sarah McLachlan is known for her beautiful, soulful balads that are universally loved, especially "Angel" and "I Will Remember You". Laws Of Illusion is a nice follow-up, but it doesn't quite live up to past performance. I enjoy listening to this CD, and especially like "Loving You is Easy" and "Forgiveness". If you can get past the fact that the CD might not realize the success of Sarah's earlier works, you might appreciate these heartfelt and sad tunes.
rm365 More than 1 year ago
Finally! It's been 7 long years and Sarah is back! Her new album is pretty much classic Sarah when it comes to her angelic voice and poetic words, but you can also feel a new maturity. The collection is filled with songs of pain and love, which seems to have been inspired by personal events. I was surprised and happy to find an upbeat, sorta techno sounding song on here. "Awakenings" sounds like something you might hear from Dido. I loved it, but I wish the energy would have stayed for a few more songs. The rest of the cd falls into adult contemporary/adult alternative. Die hard Sarah fans will no doubt love this cd, and for them, I say it was worth the long wait. Those that appreciate adult alternative will also surely have this one in heavy rotation. One disappointment though is that two tracks were previously released on her last collection of greatest hits. After such a long wait, one would hope for a whole cd full of new material.
shrimpshack More than 1 year ago
I like it, but I don't love it. I was hoping to love it because I have loved all her other albums, but it just doesn't compare. Its enjoyable to listen to, but nothing grabs me, like her other albums. I don't know what else to say, its not the worst, but not the greatest either, so I like it I just don't love it. Hope that helps.
LegalBeagle More than 1 year ago
Recently, I received a complimentary copy of Sarah McLachlan's Laws of Illusion for review. It has been seven long years since McLachlan released a new CD, but I think the wait was worth it. I particularly enjoyed "Illusions of Bliss" and "Loving You Is Easy." The theme of the CD seems to be dealing with heartbreak and loss, but coming out the other side stronger/wiser.
VVHT More than 1 year ago
This a great album, Laws Of Illusion, from Sarah McLachlan. This is her latest since the last, which was over 7 years ago. If you've ever been a fan of hers, then I think you will like this album. My favorite song is the second to last one, 'Bring On The Wonder'. However, I can listen to the album over and over to never get tired of listening to any of the songs. This is the only album of Sarah's that I own, and now I'm very interested in purchasing her others.
ForTheirFuture More than 1 year ago
I first heard Sarah Mclachlan as a teenager and her voice is just amazing! I like the depth and emotion she puts into her songs and how real her songs are! Anyone should be able to find a song that they can relate to! Her new album is sure to be a huge hit!!!! The first single "Loving you is Easy" is a just a beautiful love song! It is my favorite from the album so far! Also if you are a mom looking for music that is lovely and yet safe enough for your teen or pre-teen to listen too, I recommend Sarah McLachlan! Don't forget to follow Sarah on facebook and twitter and look to find her performing near you this summer!
Angel205 More than 1 year ago
Sarah McLachlan's, "Laws of Illusion", was not all I thought it would be. I love Sarah and most of her songs. But this one was lacking in strength of lyrics. Most of her music really reaches out and grabs your attention, but this album did not do that for me. However, there is a couple of songs on the album that if you listen to enough get to be at least likeable, such as: "Loving You Is Easy, and "U Want Me 2". In all honesty, I feel disappointment after waiting so long for her to give us something new. Sarah still has a strong and powerful voice, however, the songs of choice on this album do not do her justice are us fans either. I will wait for her next work. Maybe it will be more like the Sarah McLachlan we all know and love. It is very true that if you do not have the right songs, it dose not matter how good of a singer you are. This album of Sarah McLachlan's Laws of Illusions, proves that. I was provided a free copy of Sarah McLachlan's Laws of Illusion from the One 2 One Network in exchange for writing reviews in my honest opinions.
Ladystorm More than 1 year ago
Laws of Illusion is Sarah McLachlan's first album in seven years, though I am sure I have heard her music at one point in my life I have never really listened to her CD's. When I was afford a change to review it I thought now was a good chance to see what she had to offer. Sarah McLachlan has a great blend of music soft and sultry to upbeat and sexy. All of her music has a way of making you relax after a hard day at work. My favorite track is Loving You is Easy, it has a old school feel to the music and its very easy to sing. I just really love the tone of the music. The other song that I like is Bring on the Wonder, it has a rich melody that is very soothing. To me Sarah McLachlan's music has the kind of richness that you can just close you eyes and relax and let the music take you away. I would recommend this CD to anyone who loves soft relaxing music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sucks! when i got it had scratches all over it!!!!!
DipaolaMomma More than 1 year ago
With the revival of Lilith Fair we've been treated to the ultimate of grand returns with Sarah's long awaited new release. Fourteen years has not dulled her simply ethereal nor the way her lyrics can move one to deep emotion. Welcome back Sarah, don't stay away so long again.
StephS More than 1 year ago
I used to listen to Sarah McLachlan in the 90's and always liked her music. She's been off the radar for quite some time, so I was very excited when I heard she was coming out with this new album! One listen to these songs and it's easy to see the effortless talent Sarah has for music. The mellow soulful ballads transport you to an uncommonly serene place and the lyrics are full of relatable meaning. I particularly enjoy the song Forgiveness, both musically and for the deeply personal lyrics that reflect an emotional place we've probably all been in at one point in our lives. Whether you're familiar with Sarah McLachlan or are hearing her music for the first time, you won't be disappointed with this album!
shoppinmamact More than 1 year ago
It's been many years since Sarah McLachlan released a new album. I've matured, changed, and my tastes have changed. Sarah's matured, and changed, too. Thankfully my tastes still include her music. I love Illusions. Its a great chilling-out-at-home doing crafts or playing online music. If you loved Sarah before, chances are, you will love her now!! I like to pop this CD in and pour a glass of wine while I'm blogging.
dakszaksmom More than 1 year ago
I got this CD and I have to say that I loved it. It was a nice mix of music, It is a nice CD for or something to just relax to
animalgal More than 1 year ago
Sarah McLachlan-Laws of Illusion Love it, love it, love it!!! My favorite song is Heartbreak, but you cannot go wrong with any of these songs!!!! They are great for a road trip, cleaning the house, bubble bath time, or if you just need a good cry. It is not often that I give a cd a 5 star rating, but this one definitely deserves it!!! I really think that there are several songs on the cd that most people will like, ie something for everyone! Sarah has a beautiful, melodic voice. This is her first studio album of new songs in seven years, and I hope that she does not wait that long again for her next cd. She will be touring with Lilith Fair this summer in both the US and Canada. I did receive the cd at no charge, but that is not influencing my review.
Parkcat More than 1 year ago
Lovin' you is easy is the best song on this CD and the reason I bought it. I wish I had listened to the rest of the disc before buying. I rarely say bad things, but the rest of this disc is just not that great. The Lovin' you is easy track is really different and very catchy, but honestly, the rest of the songs just didn't do it for me. There are some very different instrumentations on the different songs, but none caught my attention for very long. Sorry!
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