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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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
I love concert DVDs. Sarah sang many of my favourite songs on this DVD. I would recommend this DVD to all Sarah McLachlan fans. You won't be disappointed with this purchase.Published 6 months ago by Lori T
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? Read morePublished on May 5 2004
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. Read more
This is a good show. Sarah always performs well. One thing I would have to say is there is a lack of new material. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2003 by Brian Field
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. Read morePublished on June 17 2003 by M. Daneker
A very dear friend gave this DVD to me and I have truly enjoyed it. Late at night when all is quiet I love to watch this DVD. Read morePublished on May 30 2003 by SandyWells
I love this DVD for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the DVD includes more songs than the Mirrorball CD. Read morePublished on May 24 2003 by Noor Ali-hasan