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Afterglow + Fumbling Towards Ecstasy + Surfacing
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  • Audio CD (Nov. 4 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000TW3UG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fallen
2. World on Fire
3. Stupid
4. Drifting
5. Train Wreck
6. Push
7. Answer
8. Time
9. Perfect Girl
10. Dirty Little Secret

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Afterglow features all new songs including: "Fallen", "Stupid", "World on Fire", "Drifting", "Answer", "Trainwreck", "Perfect Girl", "Time", and "Push".


Is Sarah McLachlan a secret punk rocker? To be sure, her rebellion is hushed. On Afterglow, her first studio album since 1997's Surfacing, McLachlan's music is as tempered as ever; at times, even the piano chords at the heart of the sound are tucked neatly beneath layer upon layer of strings and overdubbed voices. Listen to what's being sung within this soothing aural bed, though, and hear the just-before-sleep murmurings of the quietest riot grrl: "I'm a train wreck waiting to happen... a wildfire born of frustration", "How stupid could I be... you're no good for me, but you're the only one I see", "I have to push just to see how far you'll go". The latter song ("Push") resolves itself with the assurance "You complete me". Ultimately, McLachlan fans will be comforted again by what turns out to be her reliably untroubled aesthetic. --Rickey Wright

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "paragon_world" on Dec 5 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have been really excited about the new album and I finally have it. I have played Afertglow three times over (the first time on my headphones lying on my bed, and twice consecutively while I've worked around the house).
At just over 40 minutes it's short and sweet. In typical Sarah fashion the melodies are all very strong, and her voice is as impeccable as ever.
Producer Pierre Marchant does a fine job lending the album a lush and mellow sound. The music is very textured, but simple. There are no big productions, just minimal arrangements. Acoustic and electric guitar, piano, percussion and orchestration support the melodies and Sarah's vocals. All in all, this album get's better with repeated listens. Each time I fell deeper into the music.
Of the ten songs, several stand out. Fallen is a song about failed relationships, and a ideal choice for the first single. Here Sarah shows just how well she can take a universal theme and make it personal. It also has one of the finest melodies on the album.
Many of the songs here are about relationships. Over the past several years Sarah has been through a lot, from marriage and the loss of close friends, to the death of her mother and the birth of her daughter India (in the liner notes the albums dedication is to the two of them). As can be expected her writing is very emotional, but it's also subtle.
World on Fire is undoubtably Sarah's reaction to life in the post 9/11 world. Here is an exerpt:
"Hearts break, hearts mend, love still hurts.
Visions clash, planes crash, still there's talk of saving souls.
Still the cold is closing in on us."
Answer is my favourite song on the new album. Very simple, yet powerful. An example of how less can be more. I was teary eyed when I first heard this song.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By citizenoftheplanet on Nov. 29 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge Sarah fan and have been for some time now. I think Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is one of the greatest albums ever made, period. I think Surfacing is good, Solace very good and have a special place for Touch as well. But much like the disjointed and ppor production surrounding Mirrorball, Afterglow also suffers from poor production.
Sarah did a very fine job on Afterglow, yet it could have been much better. However, Sarah isn't to blame; the vocals and writing are gorgeous, but she struggled to finish the record and as such needed help in the production stages. The album needs more of an edge to it, more songs more along the lines of Into the Fire, Possession, Hold On, Building A Mystery and Sweet Surrender. Not to say all the songs on Afterglow needed to be along these lines, but more of them for sure. Stupid is a little harder which is good but the album doesn't go quite far enough. World on Fire, although a strong song on the record, could have been brilliant had it been done on the guitar. A song dealing with subject matter of that nature needed to show more anger, frustration and edge to it. Posssession anyone?
Songs like Fallen, Dirty Little Secret and Answer are just gorgeous, and need no altering in their production, as it would detract from their natural beauty. Trainwreck is really original for Sarah in her vocal range and musical style. I also love Time(reminds of me of the Fumbling era) and Perfect Girl, but between Push, Drifting, Answer there are just too many really soft, albeit beautiful songs on the record.
Having grown up with Sarah and viewing her as an alternative, rock, folk, pop mesh I am confused as to the direction her career is embarking upon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PS on Nov. 4 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's been 6 years since Sarah's last studio album... and this one was definitely worth waiting for. Overall I don't think it's Sarah's best album to date, but it's still a very good one (my personal favourite would be Surfacing) and on par with Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing.
My favourite songs are "Fallen" (the first single), "Stupid" (I love this one!), "World On Fire", and "Dirty Little Secret" (sounding very much like some of Tori Amos' slow songs! Amazing!).
If you like Sarah you'll love this album.
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Format: Audio CD
Well, I must admit that I am very disappointed in this CD, although I refrained from reviewing it for nearly two months to give it a chance. Okay, it's been given a proper chance, so now I'm here to sum it up for you.
First of all, Sarah's voice sounds like an angel. It's breathtaking, and I love the way she sings on all the songs. However, that's all I find good about this CD, besides the two best songs, "Fallen", and "World On Fire".
It's just like "Surfacing", only much more boring. Sarah never seems to take risks with her music, she sticks with a tried-and-true formula of bland ballads and the same old lyrical themes (although quite pretty at times). Even her lyrics, though, such as on "Stupid", "Train Wreck", and "Push", among many others, I find WAY too wordy, like she's trying to sound more poetic than she actually is.
It's a nice album, better than most of the pathetic mainstream out there lately, but it's very, very boring. I think Sarah should try something new besides all these sleepy melodies and songs. Variety is the spice of music, not just life.
Don't buy this, buy "Surfacing" instead. Trust me, once you have one album of Sarah's, you have them all. They're all the same. C'mon, Sarah, don't let me down!
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