Saturday, July 19, 2014

Album Review: Sarah McLachlan - Shine On

There are some artists that never change over the years. Their sound is consistent through the years and that's OK. Sarah McLachlan is one of those artists.

Laws Of Illusion from 2010 was probably the only departure from her trademark piano folk pop.

Shine On takes you back to the sound of her Surfacing days, and that's very apparent on the album's opening track "In Your Shoes."

This is a song that you can sing a long with and likely will, even if it isn't on.

"Flesh And Blood" is another song that is more lively and catchy.

There are some deviations from her traditional format. One such song is "Monsters" which is a little funkier than usual. The monsters she's singing about aren't the kind you may be looking for under the bed.

The simple acoustic "Song For My Father" is a beautiful tribute to her dad that passed away a few years make. It will make sure you don't have dry eyes when the last note is sung. The flute on this song is stunning.

"Brink Of Destruction" is bluesy but also lets Sarah's voice soar, which is why we are listening.

"Love Beside Me" is one of stand out tracks. Its more electric and electronic than the rest of the album. If you could describe this song in one word, it would be "alive." That's how this song makes you feel. It seems to touch the listener deep within.

The album closes with "The Sound That Love Makes." It is beautiful and simple tune, with ukulele and finger snaps. It is romantic and innocently sexy.

Shine On is a very mellow offering, but that's what we come to expect from Ms. McLachlan.  It's refreshing that fans didn't have to wait 7 years for this album too.

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