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Taylor Swift are now among the industry's most highly prized female songwriters, making McLachlan seem a bit staid and outdated by comparison.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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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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brimful More than 1 year ago
McLachlan is truly an artist, a true artist paints what she feels, and there is no denying the paintings in this album are works of art and that her voice and familiar style reside within each and every one of these songs. The album starts off with a realization of love gone wrong in "Awakenings." "Illusions of Bliss" is one of my favorites and just flows with pure sounds, a classic McLachlan melody. "Forgiveness" sounds somewhat along the lines of "Adia" with lyrics "Through the year we'd had it all / The midnight whispers, the midday calls / This house of cards it had to fall / You ask for forgivness, you're asking too much. " The bouncy and upbeat "Loving You is Easy" is the album's first single and is another one of my favorites. The harmonies blend beautifully in the hopeful, final song "Bring on the Wonder." Many of the songs on this album reflect McLachlan's pain and frustration at her crumbling marriage. Not exactly a happy album but worth a listen. (Review copy provided by One2One Network)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
smarker More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Sarah McLachlan . I listened to Mirrorball nonstop through my 20's. Her music is still beautiful. However, I was disappointed that the entire album was really about break ups. I know she has had recent personal upheaval, but there was nothing really about pulling through and moving on to a new phase of her life... I would still recommended the album, but be sure to understand it is not a light hearted CD! Disclaimer: I was sent this CD by the One2One network to review. All opinions are my own.
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.
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!!!!
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.
ForTheirFuture More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for Beautiful and Emotional Love Songs, you will Love Sarah's new album! "Loving You is easy" is a beautiful love song! I also Love "Out of Tune"! How true this song is for me! "Love Come" is another beautiful love song!! This album is sure to be a hit! Sarah has amazing singing and writing talent and her music is just so esy to listen to!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Stephanie_CB More than 1 year ago
I loved this CD. Now, I have liked all her CDs, but this one seemed more mature and different than her others. I like her original style, unique voice and deep lyrics. I think she is a wonderful singer, and I hope she continues to make great music like this album! I like her voice, the music that coincides with her lyrics and the soft sounds that come out of my speakers.
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.
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!
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.