Laws of Illusion [Deluxe Edition, CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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Taylor Swift are now among the industry's most highly prized female songwriters, making McLachlan seem a bit staid and outdated by comparison.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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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Taylor Swift are now among the industry's most highly prized female songwriters, making McLachlan seem a bit staid and outdated by comparison.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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886977199127
  • Catalog Number: 771991
  • Sales rank: 24,660

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Awakenings (4:08)
  2. 2 Illusions Of Bliss (3:53)
  3. 3 Loving You Is Easy (3:04)
  4. 4 Changes (3:45)
  5. 5 Forgiveness (3:50)
  6. 6 Rivers of Love (3:55)
  7. 7 Love Come (3:34)
  8. 8 Out of Tune (3:52)
  9. 9 Heartbreak (4:07)
  10. 10 Don't Give Up on Us (3:38)
  11. 11 U Want Me 2 (4:07)
  12. 12 Bring on the Wonder (2:55)
  13. 13 Love Come (4:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Intro (0:47)
  2. 2 Loving You Is Easy (3:45)
  3. 3 Forgiveness (5:16)
  4. 4 Rivers of Love (4:45)
  5. 5 Love Come (5:31)
  6. 6 Illusions of Bliss (4:24)
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Album Credits

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
Adam Ayan Mastering
Susan Enan Composer
Rosanna Goodman Direction
Pascal Shefteshy Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Music

    I thought the album stayed true to Sarah's well loved sound and was truly beautiful. I really enjoyed listening. I put it on during work one afternoon and it made work flow much more smoothly with the mellow sound of Sarah McLachlan. It was a treat to finally hear something new from her. My coworker that shares my space close enough to listen loved the album as well!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The long awaited return...

    With the return of Lilith Fair comes the equally anticipated new offering from Sarah McLachlan. And it does NOT disappoint! Her voice is, as ever, ethereal. Lyrics evoke a deep passion and paints vivid portraits of emotion. Having to wait 14 years seems almost cruel. Welcome back Sarah, don't stay gone so long again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Laws of Illusion

    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.

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    Posted June 28, 2010

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