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Sarah Mclachlan:Mirrorball

Sarah McLachlan    DVD
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This video companion to the Canadian singer-songwriter's triumphant live album confirms in sight what that recording advanced in sound--Sarah McLachlan and her fine, flexible stage band have evolved into a superb live performing unit, breathing added fire and nuance into McLachlan songs that were already stunning in their original studio versions. Always a strong, charismatic singer, McLachlan now conjures a rare balance of delicacy and power, measured here in performances of signature songs that add a new, more muscular edge matching her band's rock firepower. Thus, "Possession" expands beyond its already sensual promise to touch on truly erotic abandon, while "Building a Mystery" focuses its portrait of a narcissistic poseur with a harder edge and a newly amended, R-rated lyric that's entirely appropriate.

Shot on McLachlan's 1998 headlining tour, the concert captures her in a more theatrical and frankly glamorous (if slightly funky) vein than her fabled Lilith Fair shows: in her floor-length blue gown, sparkling blue mascara, and bare feet, she evokes a more demure, Gen-X cousin to Cabaret's Sally Bowles. With 23 featured songs, Mirrorball on video adds 9 tracks not heard on the CD. The audio mixing is generally excellent, especially on the DVD version, which provides some hall ambience but retains a front-array, proscenium placement to instruments. Shot on film, rather than videotape, the concert preserves the stunning, subtle lighting effects of McLachlan's touring production, albeit at slight visual sacrifice in lower-light segments in which the resolution is grainier. --Sam Sutherland

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars June 30 2014
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not quite as good as Afterglow!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Starting to sound tired Sept. 26 2003
This is a good show. Sarah always performs well. One thing I would have to say is there is a lack of new material. This is the final show of this tour and most songs are still from Fumbling, which was nearly six years ago. She is beging to sound tired, after singing these songs for so long and a the end of the tour. Also, it seems most of her new songs are very slow, almost lullaby like.
I would recomend instead the Fumbling towards Extacy VHS tape (not on DVD yet) These were recorded when they were new and fresh and Sarah just sounds so much more enthusiastic with the songs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worthy of the performer Aug. 30 2003
This is indeed a brilliant video-- quite worthy of 5 stars. A couple things bothered me slightly. First is Ash's drumming on "Mary". Normally his drumming is restrained and perfect for the song, but on "Mary" he overplays and seems to be in doubletime when the rest of the band is subdued, playing half as fast. Another small issue I have is the staccato breathy vocals of "Elsewhere". The smooth mellifluous layered vocals from the recording are really missed. Maybe Sarah was a little worn out after "Fear" which showcases her breathtaking range in the outro. Later in "Possession" she sings the lyrics 'breath away' in the chorus a half-octave lower than in the recording.
But I am being trivial and pedantic. The performance is amazing and beautiful. "Hold On" and "Good Enough" back to back actually did make my eyes watery. Please consider that these songs are about one's spouse dying and domestic abuse respectively, and you can sense Sarah's sympathy in her eyes and in her voice. "Ice Cream" is surprisingly a highlight; Sarah and husband Ash (drummer) sing together and the audience gets to sing a chorus. (Don't heed the warnings about "grainy" picture quality, btw)
And the interview!! wow! Sarah is so grateful to her fans and modest. In my opinion, no modern artist is more deserving of success than she. This is art with honesty and meaning. And the voice of an angel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, BEAUTIFUL.... July 16 2004
What can I say, this is an outstanding concert DVD!
Beautifully shot by expert video director Sophie Muller and she's done such a wonderful job in capturing
Sarah's natural beauty (Fumbling Towards Ecstacy in particular is absolutely brilliant, smashing sound, awesome stage
lighting with the thousands and thousands of fairy lights and Sarah's voice is just otherworldly.)
Watch how Sarah rips it up with her steamy yet elegant version of Witness and Fear is just amazing to watch her sing.
An awesome concert experience and if you're a Sarah fan and don't own this, then guess what? You're not a real fan!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music. Dec 16 2003
I really enjoyed this DVD!
I've read some of the other reviews where they complain about the sound, but my copy had no problems at all. Everything was clear as a bell, & no synchronization issues.
Sarah McLachlan has an incredibly beautiful voice, & she is a wonderful & talented live performer, & all of that was captured perfectly on this DVD!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too flashy May 6 2004
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Not only is this DVD concert far too flashy for me, Sarah also performs far too many songs from Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (do we really need to hear Mary or Ice?) and not enough from the wonderful Solace. If you want to see a less flashy video concert even though Sarah still performs too-few Solace songs, buy Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Live.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sarah good, DVD bad Nov. 28 2003
Any concert DVD not available in widescreen format...should get points knocked off immediately.
Most of the DVD's I own are concert DVD's and this is not one of the good ones. I agree with previous poster this is not even in the same hemisphere as the production quality on Hell Freezes Over.
Video is bad, sound is just ok...love Sarah's music...but this DVD stinks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant June 17 2003
Just pour some wine, put on your 5.1 surrond sound (if you have analog output to your reciever then use it, it beats the digital sound)and let the waves wash over you. No, she's not much to watch, just swaying, playing guitar or piano with a big mike blocking her face, but the music is amazing, the sound is big and real (like your there rather than mix-the-live-studio-style sound) with back reverb on the rear chanels and the voice blended into the instruments (just adjust the center speaker volume lounder to hear the vocals better.)
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