I’ve been dragging ass on this review because I really hate to say anything remotely negative about the lovely and talented Sarah McLachlan.Laws of Illusion doesn’t suck balls, but every album Sarah has made since Fumbling Towards Ecstasy verges on cloying. The music on her latest effort is well-composed and her voice remains strong, but the record lacks agony. I prefer a side order of angst with my piano chanteuse. Ms. Lilith Fair ventures into Bonnie Raitt and Aimee Mann territory on a few tracks. Fans of Surfacing will enjoy McLachlan’s familiar, sweeping, instrumental sound. Developmentally, she could benefit from taking risks and exploring a more experimental sound. Save this one for when your Mom’s in the car.
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