Number 653 - Sarah McLachlan
Her 1994 breakthrough album was called "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy;" on "Surfacing," Sarah McLachlan sounds like she's content to just float her way there. Which means that if you want a piece of her nirvana, you have to go along at her protracted, glacial pace. McLachlan favors maternal patience over bombshells, whispered intimacy over a quick payoff. Her songs are cast in deep-blue tints and gray-day moods; she soaks her voice in warm echo. But the world and the heart often move at greater speed, and McLachlan is too rigid in her introspection. She sings in the opening number about "Building a Mystery"; it would be something to hear her work up a good head of steam and just bust through to revelation.
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