Laws of Illusion

Laws of Illusion

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by Sarah McLachlan

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Multi-platinum and Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan releases her first studio album of new material in seven years, The Laws of Illusion. The album was recorded in Montreal and Vancouver with Sarah's longtime collaborator-producer Pierre Marchand.

The Laws of Illusion arrives just weeks in advance of the kick off to Lilith Fair


Multi-platinum and Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan releases her first studio album of new material in seven years, The Laws of Illusion. The album was recorded in Montreal and Vancouver with Sarah's longtime collaborator-producer Pierre Marchand.

The Laws of Illusion arrives just weeks in advance of the kick off to Lilith Fair 2010, the all-women touring festival founded by McLachlan, which became one of the most popular touring festivals in the world.

The Barnes & Noble edition of the album includes an exclusive bonus track. From the Label

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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
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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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!
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!!!!
Bethh59 More than 1 year ago
Being a life long Sarah fan, I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this new album is true to form, it does not disappoint! As always, Sarah magically transforms any mood with her soothing and expressive tone. Anyone that knows Sarah knows her distinct, flawless sound is amazing! Sarah's soft peaceful voice has always brought peace, tranquility and balance to my life. Her new album, Laws of Illusion, is no exception. Like every album of hers that I listen to, I love the mood that her soft voice and inspiring words put me in. Sarah puts so much thought and soul into her lyrics which really hits home on some level with most listeners. Regardless of your mood, Laws of Illusion will help level your mood and put you at ease. Sit back, relax and listen to Sarah's incredible new album and enjoy! FIVE STAR!!! Keep the music coming Sarah!!!
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.
DeborahSorrentino More than 1 year ago
7 Years since the release of her last CD.Sarah McLachlan obviously has grown as a person and artist with all the trials and tribulations in her life.Laws of Illusion is an easy listening,soulful combination of real life experiences set to music.The CD has a nice mix of upbeat,happy tunes and ballads.She has a new clarity and melody to her already beautiful voice.I Love this CD,I highly recommend it,You will not be dissappointed!
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.
iluvmy2boys09 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful followup to Sarah McLachlans last album, I am completely impressed. The one I thing I noticed about Laws of Illusion is that she writes more about the anger and heartache of love and breakups. I am happy to say that Sarah did not let me down in "Laws of Illusion". One of my favorite songs would be "Forgiveness". It is a song that many of us can relate to at some point in our lives with forgiving someone that hurt us very deeply.
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.
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!
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.
Janet99JP More than 1 year ago
I just listened to Sarah McLachlan's new album, courtesy of One2One Network and really enjoyed it. I have been a big fan of hers since I first heard "Angel" years ago. Laws of Illusion marks Sarah's first studio album of brand new material in 7 years and is definitely worth the wait; her voice is still beautiful. Sarah's first single off the album is "Loving You Is Easy" but I would have to say my favorite songs are "Illusions of Bliss" and "Forgiveness". This is an album that is very soothing and relaxing to listen to. I would recommend this album to others and if you're a fan of Sarah's, you will not be disappointed. And not only does Sarah have the new album out, but the return of the historic, all-female Lilith Fair (which was founded by Sarah) is returning this summer, tour dates starting June 27.
aehbamafan More than 1 year ago
We've waited seven years for a new album from Sarah, but she hasn't let us down! Her voice is beautiful as always, and the songs are great. I really enjoyed "Loving You Is Easy" - a rather joyful departure from her usual. Although a lot of the lyrics don't seem to have the same depth that some of her older tunes do, this remains an incredible album.
cookn4six More than 1 year ago
I've loved Sarah McLachlan for a long time but I also don't usually like albums by one artists. I get a little bored listening to the same style of music over and over. So even after listening to a few tracks off the album I was a little skeptical about liking a whole album. This album did not disappoint me at all! I love the feel of the music and the flow of the lyrics. "Loving You is Easy" has a catchy tune and lyrics that I enjoy singing to myself. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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.
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.
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!
Windyblues More than 1 year ago
Sarah McLachlan's Laws of Illusion is a CD to which you must play and listen repeatedly to appreciate the many nuances located within. I have been listening to it at work for the past week and found that while performing mundane tasks, concentrating on the lyrics is much simpler. Some of the lyrics are quite powerful. I was especially drawn to Awakenings, which was strongest song of the album, with lyrics which resonates with women who really lived their lives to the fullest. When I initially received the CD, a quick listen gave me the impression that vocally, the entire CD was pretty much the same. However, after listening to the lyrics more carefully, this album strikes me more as written by some who have gone through both good bad times, and lived to tell about them. The only song I don't really care for is Bring on the Wonder because I prefer Susan Enan's original version.
BlueLady1 More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Sarah Does it Again...., June 28, 2010 By bluelady1 It is good to finally hear from Sarah McLachalan after 7 years. Sarah shows us with Laws of Illusion that she still has a beautiful voice with soulful style. Her range is always interesting and captivating. This CD provides a good listen for the contemporary/easy listening adult group. As always the music is very pretty to listen to and the cd is loaded with heart felt songs. The songs are relaxing and soothing. My only negative opinion of this cd is that maybe there seems to be a bit too much heartbreak in it. My favorite song is Forgiveness. The tune is catchy and I love the music to it
Evolving_Catherine More than 1 year ago
Sarah sounds great in her first album in years. Her voice and style are as beautiful as always. I received this album from One2One Network. I've listened through the album from start to finish several times and while there are a lot of nice songs, there isn't a single song that has really jumped out and grabbed my attention. With that being said the album has been great soothing background music for working to.
deew27 More than 1 year ago
Laws of Illusion is everything you would expect from a Sarah McLachlan album. Her soothing, melodic vocals stand out over the instruments in the background as she pours her soul into each song. In this album she brings a sense of maturity as she explores love, heartbreak, renewal, and the weight of the world around us. Some songs, like "Out of Tune" hold a heaviness that you can feel as you listen to the lyrics: It isn't my heart that's grown cold The same mistakes are getting old I'm lost for words, I don't know what to do But when I'm lying here with you And the whole world's out of tune You're the one and only voice that makes things right So stay with me tonight It is apparent that McLachlan has done a lot of soul searching in the years since her last album release. Overall, the album was not as upbeat as I would have expected it to be, but that certainly hasn't kept it from being on a nearly constant rotation since the day I received it.
brezi More than 1 year ago
It's been a long wait for Sarah McLachlan's newest album, but the reward of "Laws of Illusion" is sweet. Many of the songs deal with heartbreak and loss, but at the same time, demonstrate lessons learned in getting through those difficult times. My favorites were the upbeat "Illusions of Bliss", "Loving You Is Easy," and "U Want Me 2", as well as the more introspective "Awakenings" and "Love Come." Thank you to One2One Network for sending me this CD to preview.
SCash21 More than 1 year ago
I've been a Sarah McLachlan fan since the first time I heard "Adia" and have been loving her ever since. She has such an incredible voice. It's powerful and tender at the same time. I was so excited to get her new cd, and overall I liked it. She sings as beautifully as ever, but I felt like the music itself wasn't as melodic or catchy. I enjoyed listening to it, but I didn't get as "into it" as I have with her other albums. While I wouldn't call this a home run, I would still recommend it. (One 2 One Network provided me with a free copy of this cd in exchange for my honest opinion)
MommysFreeTime More than 1 year ago
I am one of the biggest Sarah McLachlan fans ever so when One2One Network gave me the chance to review her latest CD, Laws of Illusion I jumped on it. I try not to be bandwagon fans of musical artists but I have to say that one of my all time favorites by Sarah McLachlan is "Ice Cream"! I just love that song! I was excited to see that this CD held true to the wonderful Sarah McLachlan style that we all know and love. The songs have nice haunting melodies with lyrics that reach out to everyone! It's the perfect relaxation, I just want to be alone, chill out CD. Laws of Illusion is actually being released today, June 15 and it is the first studio album with all new material of McLachlan's in over seven years. If you've never heard of Sarah McLachlan, you really should check her out. In a career spanning more than two decades, Sarah has over 20 million career sales to date and, every one of Sarah McLachlan's studio and live albums has been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by the RIAA! And I must say that I have purchased or downloaded almost every one of those songs to my I-pod! I first saw Sarah when a friend took me to her concert for a birthday present. We had nosebleed tickets but it was still one of the best concerts I have ever been too! If you would like to see Sarah perform live I suggest you hit Lilith Fair. From 1997 through 1999, Lilith Fair was one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world, with over 2 million fans in attendance and raising over $10 million dollars for national and local women's charities.