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Solace, Nova Scotian Sarah McLachlan's second album, is considerably more mature and musically sophisticated than her 1988 debut, the promising if limited Touch. In fact, this disc is a must-have for McLachlan fans whose first encounter with her work was with her extremely popular later releases, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing. The opening track, "Drawn to the Rhythm," is a habit-forming gem of a song that soars on her smooth and heady soprano and Ronald Jones's addictive drums (though the drone of the billatron in the chorus seems incongruous). The rumbling, electric "Into the Fire" grooves with a funky bass line; the lovelorn "Path of Thorns" and "I Will Not Forget You" are straight-ahead and bluesy. Always wise beyond her years, McLachlan displays a new awakening with introspective songs such as the Sinead O'Connor-esque "Lost" and "Shelter." The hymnlike "Mercy" is the least interesting song--spare in comparison to the others--but it is a wondrous showcase of her multifaceted voice. Without a doubt, Solace is a testament to McLachlan's ever-swelling talent. --Rebecca Robinson
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(4wallz) from SPARTA, TN
Reviewed on 2/15/2012...
This may be an older and less known one of her works (at least in the U.S), but it doesn't mean it's inferior in any way, shape, form, or fashion. Sarah is just as stunning on this record as in all the rest of her work. While her first album, Touch, was a little rough around the edges, she has really honed her sound and craft by this release.
The first 5 songs are exceptionally brilliant. Not only the sound, but lyrically she is at the top of her game. Such a soulful tone and you can almost see the small sigh in her eyes just listening to them. But don't stop there, the rest of the cd is a gem as well. If you didn't come on board till her later works, don't concern yourself at all with spending some money on this one. You will be satisfied. Two thumbs up.
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