SARAH MCLACHLAN

Fum­bling To­wards Ec­stasy

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews -

Arista Hal­i­fax singer-song­writer Sarah McLachlan holds a spe­cial place in the hearts of those who ap­pre­ci­ate songs about the more som­bre as­pects of the hu­man con­di­tion. Fif­teen years af­ter the re­lease of Fum­bling To­wards Ec­stasy (writ­ten in the af­ter­math of a jour­ney McLachlan un­der­took with the World Vi­sion char­ity to Cam­bo­dia and Thai­land) comes the 15th an­niver­sary “Pre­mier Edi­tion”. The cen­tre­piece is a live DVD that fea­tures rather more earthy ren­di­tions of tracks from the orig­i­nal stu­dio album. Un­less you’re a diehard fan, McLachlan live isn’t ex­actly riv­et­ing – the founder of Lilith Fair, the tour­ing fes­ti­val of the late 1990s that show­cased fe­male-only artists, seems far more com­fort­able in a stu­dio set­ting. Ex­tras in­clude a doc­u­men­tary on the mak­ing of the orig­i­nal album, video promo clips and a photo gallery. www.sarahm­clach­lan.com

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