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Closer (The Best of Sarah McLachlan)
Let me start by saying that if you like McLachlan then this album, on iTunes is an absolute bargain at £5.99 for 17 songs.
Let me also say that this is by no means a lengthy review, I decided not to review every single song as, my new rule is, over 12 songs and it gets a bit boring for some folk when individually reviewed.
A classically trained singer and musician (you can tell), McLachlan is Canadian, was married to a Canadian Asian drummer, was responsible for promoting female vocalists and musicians and these are just some of the glorious parts that make her what she is, which is; incredibly talented, eclectic and emotional in her songs.
Her range of songs on this album go from Celtic folk like offerings (think Enya without the whining) such as the opening track 'Vox', through soft rock (Building a Mystery) and emotional power ballads like Angel and 'Hold On'.
Not content with that range she dabbles in trancy electronic offerings like track 3, 'Into The Fire', not my favourite by a long shot though interesting. Again, the final track (offered on iTunes) is almost a dance/club number (there you go Plipplop, one for you), yet unlike most 'clubby' tunes, it has a great vocal (and a good lack of thump, thump bassline)
I am going to backtrack a bit before I go on. 'Angel', not to be confused with Robbie Williams' 'Angels' is perhaps one of the most emotional songs that I know. Her vocal is like crystal, perfectly clear; it rises and ebbs like a tide, it tells a story.
The story is all about the pianist/keyboard player for Smashing Pumpkins, Jonathan Melvoin, who died of a heroin overdose. I also love this song as it is a song that I play on saxophone with probably more feeling than any other tune. There is something about it that just gets in my bones.
Back to the album as a whole. This is, in some ways a very strong album, in other ways very weak....let me explain. 'Angel' is one of the best songs of the last 20 years in my opinion, it will grace any album and will go on (if it isn't already) to be a timeless classic.
Against this one song alone, everything else on the album pales in comparison. However, if this album were released without Angel ever having been penned, it would be a very good album in its own right.
It will never set the World on fire yet it is one of those albums where you hear it a few times, get bored, listen again a few weeks/months later and realise that you actually really like it.
Vocally McLachlan is quite stunning and that in itself, in my view is recommendation enough to own this, if no other of her albums.
~~~Full Track Listing~~~
2. "The Path of Thorns (Terms)"
3. "Into the Fire"
5. "Hold On"
6. "Good Enough"
7. "Building a Mystery"
8. "Sweet Surrender"
11. "I Will Remember You" (Live)
13. "World on Fire"
15. "Don't give up on Us"
16. "U Want Me 2"
17. "Silence" (Niels Van Gogh Vs. Thomas Dold Remix Radio Edit)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
3 Ben's Song
4 Path Of Thorns (Terms), The
5 Into The Fire
6 Drawn To The Rhythm
9 Hold On
10 Good Enough
11 Ice Cream
12 Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Building A Mystery
2 Sweet Surrender
5 I Will Remember You
8 World On Fire
10 Don't Give Up On Us
11 U Want Me 2
12 Hold On
13 I Will Remember You
14 World On Fire
15 U Want Me 2
16 Silence - Delerium & Sarah McLachlan