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Afterglow

Sarah Mclachlan Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Sarah CD! Nov. 4 2003
By PS
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Afterglow May 8 2012
By C. Preston TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I am including below my favorite songs on this CD release. Just to let everyone know I actually prefer the Live CD version more but also this is a good version of the same songs but recorded tracks. I adore Sarah she's not only an accomplished lyricist, musician but I would also say social humanitarian re:Lilith Fair. Having said that my only complaint about Sarah is this...please do not keep putting out CD's unless they are new material. So many of her CD's are re-releases of the same music and although she has said that writing isn't easy for her; we get that....but then don't make the audience suffer through repeated CD's of the same material. I no longer buy CD's from her unless it is new material because of noticing this one too many times. Other than that of course I think she's one of the best female artists of her generation.

1.World On Fire: Wonderful lyrics that flow with such ease. This is a more pop like tune of hers I would say. This song isn't one of my favorite Sarah songs per se but it is on one of my playlists.

2.Drifting: This song really does make you feel like you are drifting. I think this is one of Sarah's gems & like many this song will last over time. I'm still playing it & can see myself always liking this song. It's one of those songs that I could fall asleep to (and not from boredom); her voice sounds so soothing. It made me realize that if she's hard up for writing material she should consider doing a CD of lullabies for all those frustrated new Mom's out there. It would be a welcome addition to the nursery. Anyway play this song & see if you don't just keep shuffling it on your MP3 folks!

3.Push: What a lyrically beautiful love song of acceptance & tolerance within the confines of a relationship. This is Sarah at her best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Astonishing Sept. 30 2006
Format:Audio CD
Even though this cd only has 10 songs, it is one heck of a cd! Sarah's voice is stunning. I enjoyed the song Fallen so much. Everything from her voice, lyrics, and instrumentals is breathtaking. This is a MUST have. It's one of her very best. Can she captivate her listener, or what?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sigh March 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Heaven bend to take my hand and lead me through the fire". What a great opening line, eh?! Never was a SM fan before this album. But AFTERGLOW has made me go back listen to her past albums. Every song on this album is great (with the exception of World on Fire). The lament and melencholy in Sarah's voice is front and centre. Very good to listen too when you're feeling low and need to wallow in some self pity. Beautiful album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars sarah rocks always and forever March 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
a long awaited album...this album may not have the flare and distinction that Surfacing has received but i gotta say that sarah still has it. after laying low for about 6 years and with having a baby and her mom, it's really nice to see how much sarah has evolved as an artist with her new experiences.
i love Fallen but Stupid & Trainwreck are my favorite songs.
the song list is fairly shorter than what i expected from a sarah cd. i miss the hidden tracks and the summer lilith fair concerts. i'm so looking forward to her afterglow tour!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 'o' Sarah Feb. 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an album for her fans. You can recognize rythms from past albums with a touch of evolution. For people who don't really know her and bought Surfacing, they're gonna think it's the same, but it's become more profound and deep into her world. It's the total Sarah Experience!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basking in the glow 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical, memorable
Some Cds take a while for me to really get into completely, but the first time I heard Afterglow I was totally into it. Sarah's songs are lyrical and memorable.
Published on Sept. 12 2006 by J. Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Break away
Now & then I fell this album teaches something.
So deep lyrics ain`t easy. But I love her&her style.
like a breeze just pass thru` me.
Published on Oct. 20 2004 by urano
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of work - strong bonds
Sarah has done it again with another great collection of music. The first 5 songs are all hits to me. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2004 by Jason Koulouras
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't get enough!
Sarah's voice is incredible and I just can't get enough of this album. "Answer" is such an emotional song...it's my fave one on this record! Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by Sandra Butter
5.0 out of 5 stars Voice of the Gods!
All of Sarah's albums have been my "favorites" and Fallen is just another one to add to that collection. She has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard in my life. Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by TKuzak
4.0 out of 5 stars Good good good
I will make it short and sweet. Maybe not the best of her album, but she keep impressing me with her voice. One of the few albums I own I can listen againg and again...
Published on March 12 2004 by Patrick Boulanger
5.0 out of 5 stars Afterglow
Afterglow sounds more like Sarah's old music-more soulful and artistic. It's not pop or trendy, it's back to her old style of music. Great to listen to.
Published on Jan. 24 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not Surfacing, but it's not Fumbling either...
This album left me longing for the days of Surfacing and Fumbling the first time I heard it. After several consecutive listenings however, many of the tracks grew on me. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004
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