Sarah McLachlan did it again, without really doing something.
This record contained all the tracks she recorded for soundtracks, other artists' records or performed during special live performances since the first Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff (1996).
It's gotta be said that this is a great album with many highlights. Especially when you consider that most artists don't even release rarities records at all.
It starts out with 'Ordinary Miracle' from the movie Charlotte's Web. And this is not the only soundtrack recording represented on this compilation. Sarah's version of The Beatles' 'Blackbird' from I am Sam is beautiful and stays very true to the original and 'When She Loved Me' (Toy Story 2) is very touching. The absolute highight of this cd for me is 'The Rainbow Connection' (from The Muppets), this song goes straight to the bottom of my heart everytime I listen to it.
There are also some very interesting duets on this album. 'Just Like Me' with DMC or 'Time after Time' with Cyndi Lauper are very nice additions to Sarah's catalogue. 'Angel' (live) with the amazing Emmmylou Harris and 'Pills' met The perishers are simply wonderful. But the outstanding duet has got to be 'Don't Let Go' with Bryan Adams (from the animation movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron).
'Prayer of St. Francis' and 'Unchained Melody' (in a totally onrecognizable version!) are two very interesting recordings and show how many different sides and styles there are to miss McLachlan.
And just like on Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff volume 1, there's another Joni Mitchell cover on this volume; 'River'.
Yes she recorded River for her 2006 season album Wintersong, but the nice thing is that this version is a different one.
I'm a big Joni Mitchell fan myself and don't really like it when people cover her songs, but Sarah's versions of Blue and River make me wish she will one day release a record full of Joni Mitchell covers.
One can always dream, right?
And dream is something this cd will surely let you do. The voice, the words, the music... Sarah goes straight into the heart of her listeners.
If you don't already have this cd, get it now. You won't regret it!