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A largely forgotten album in the wake of Sarah McLachlan's mainstream success, Touch was the first album anyone heard from the singer. Only 19 at the time, McLachlan had years to go before she would become the seductive songstress of Fumbling Towards Ecstacy or the sensitive balladeer of Surfacing. Instead, she has more of an ethereal sound, enhanced by keyboards and a lush production that gives it a polished feel. Bringing to mind the '80s incarnations of both Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, the songs here are moody pop tracks that showcase her incredible range more than anything else. A few tracks, especially "Vox" and "Steaming," are beautiful tracks that have a light ...
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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
A largely forgotten album in the wake of Sarah McLachlan's mainstream success, Touch was the first album anyone heard from the singer. Only 19 at the time, McLachlan had years to go before she would become the seductive songstress of Fumbling Towards Ecstacy or the sensitive balladeer of Surfacing. Instead, she has more of an ethereal sound, enhanced by keyboards and a lush production that gives it a polished feel. Bringing to mind the '80s incarnations of both Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, the songs here are moody pop tracks that showcase her incredible range more than anything else. A few tracks, especially "Vox" and "Steaming," are beautiful tracks that have a light sense of yearning that she would later develop into the sensual crooning of her mid-'90s work. And "Ben's Song," a piano ballad, would go on to be included in her live shows long after the other tracks from this album disappeared from them. But Touch is vastly different from the rest of her material save for maybe a few tracks on Solace, making it a surprise to most curious fans. Her performance is the point where this is most obvious, as her gorgeous voice lacks most of the personality and emotion that she would later develop. But the material isn't bad, just uncharacteristic of the rest of her career. Some fans might be disappointed by the copious amounts of keyboards and McLachlan's restrained performance, but Touch is still a winner. Just a flawed winner, coming from a talented artist who was still searching for her artistic voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078221859424
  • Catalog Number: 8594

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Out of the Shadows (4:57)
  2. 2 Vox (4:48)
  3. 3 Strange World (4:05)
  4. 4 Trust (4:45)
  5. 5 Touch (3:11)
  6. 6 Steaming (4:46)
  7. 7 Sad Clown (4:28)
  8. 8 Uphill Battle (4:37)
  9. 9 Ben's Song (4:55)
  10. 10 Vox (6:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah McLachlan Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Classical Guitar
Ross Hales Drums
Dave Kershaw Bass, Background Vocals, Double Bass
Jeff Krosse Bass, Background Vocals
Sherri Leigh Percussion, Drums
Naomi McLeod Background Vocals
Stephen Nikleva Electric Guitar
Darren Phillips Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Greg Reely Percussion, Drums
Rudy Percussion
Tippi Percussion
Steve, Rudy Tippi Percussion
Technical Credits
Gary Wright Engineer
Sarah McLachlan Composer, Lyricist, Cover Design, Photo Tinting
Sarah Phillips Composer
Greg Reely Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty Good for a debut!

    I just got this CD a few days ago. I must admit, it is EXCELLENT for a debut album! I love the way Sarah sings her songs. Although this album was made when she was only 20, her voice is very good, but this was before she reached her potential with her 1993 album "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy." I am a big Sarah fan. This one and "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" and "Solace" are my most favorite. This CD is enjoyable to hear when I get home from school (especially Friday:)). Buy this album today. You won't feel sorry. "Vox" and "Ben's Song" are my 2 favorites.

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    Posted November 22, 2009

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