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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.
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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.
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!
A MUST HAVE!!
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!
I've read from other reviews that some people had issues with the sound quality and audio synching. I'll address both in order. First, sound quality. I actually found the sound very rich and enjoyable. To my ears, the music was pretty on par with the quality of the CD release of Mirrorball... but if you want die-hard CD quality, play the CD, I say. Next, audio synching. I had no problems with that on my DVD player and computer, but I had a friend who complained the audio synching was off on her DVD. After she upgraded her DVD player (she had previously been playing it on a rather ancient machine), she says the concert has been playing well ever since, so we're suspecting the problem may be with DVD players and not the DVD itself.
Mirrorball is rich, dynamic, and above all, simplistic. I love Sarah's style and it shows on the concert. She walks around barefoot and doesn't once undergo a costume change. The only effects are the lighting effects. In essence, it's all about the music. Her showmanship shines and in every act, Sarah commands the stage. Simply put, every performance just gels together wonderfully to produce a fluid concert. Each atmosphere is simplistic, dark, a little moody, yet vibrant and lively, and striking- just like Sarah's music. She compromises nothing in this concert and everybody, including the band, seems absolutely at ease on the stage.
All in all, this concert epitomizes "just enough to make it perfect.Read more ›
But the concert itself is truly astounding. Sarah has always ensured her music is recorded to the utmost quality, with superb performance and production throughout, and this DVD is precisely the same. From the opening titles it is apparent that the emphasis is on clarity of vision and perfection of sound.
But it doesn't end there. I was astounded by the quality of Sarah's live singing voice - she's amazing! Not only that but her skills as a guitarist and piano player are superb too. She holds centre stage with great confidence, giving a solid performance of the highest quality, conversing with the audience and clearly enjoying herself.
I'd even applaud the running order of the tracks here: Last Dance sets the scene perfectly and leads into a glorious rendition of Building a Mystery - you get a great rush of excitement as the concert begins. Similarly, the first encore ends with a powerful majestic rendition of Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, a superb climax to the show, leaving room for a final (and quite gorgeous) recital of Angel, just Sarah and the piano, to round things off.
This has to be one of the finest concert videos (or DVD's) out there. Just sublime.
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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 12 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