I have always been a huge fan of Sarah McLachlan – her voice, her beauty, her activism. Though it seems as if she’s been involved in a variety of recent projects, I was surprised to learn that her newest CD – Laws of Illusion, coming out June 15th – is her first studio album in seven years!
I had the opportunity through One2One Network to preview the CD, and I am so pleased to tell you: it is MARVELOUS. So much of her characteristic warmth, lyricism, and smooth talent is present here, and with a greater maturity, I feel.
The first song to be released, “Loving You Is Easy” (which you can buy now before the CD is even out!), has a solid piano part with a bouncy feel, which somewhat belies the deeper lyrics: “I’ve been down a long road/I’ve become a stranger to myself/Digging in my heels and hoping time/might be kinder if I wait it out.” The song is ultimately about how a new, fiery love has renewed a lost and insecure woman. I love the line in another song on the CD, “Forgiveness:” “You don’t know much about Heaven, boy/if you have to hurt/to feel.” And the amazing “Bring on the Wonder,” which closes out the CD, blends amazing harmonies with a profound sense of reaching for the sublime.
In addition to this new CD release, Sarah McLachlan has also helped re-organize the popular all-female music festival, Lilith Fair, touring this summer. Visit this link to find out more about the festival and tour dates/locations.
TO LISTEN TO THE CD: Right now McLachlan is hosting a Facebook Listening Party. Simply visit her Facebook page, “Like” it, and you’ll be taken to a page where you can listen to all of the new songs in their entirety. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
*Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of Sarah McLachlan’s new CD, Laws of Illusion, from my involvement in One2One Network in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received, and the opinions are honest and my own.