CD Review: Sarah McLachlan


Sarah McLachlan
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy—Legacy Edition
Arista/Legacy
By David Chiu

Released in 1993, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Sarah McLachlan’s third studio album, definitely ranks as one of the ‘90s musical high points. It was the record that would bring the Canadian songstress to wider recognition in the States. From top to bottom Fumbling is a great record that encapsulates what McLachlan’s music is all about: introspective. moody lyrics; exquisite production and her amazing gentle voice. There’s an underlying tension and melancholy in the songs given the subject matter such as obsessive love on “Possession” and isolation on “Elsewhere.” Yet tracks like Hold On and the titles song contain uplifting moments, and even “Ice Cream” and “Circle” also offer some cheerful moments. Of all of her provide studio albums, Fumbling is certainly her absolute best. This 15th anniversary package also contains The Freedom Sessions, reworked versions of Fumbling’ songs as well as a cover of Tom Waits’ Ol’ 55. This edition also has the Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Live DVD featuring concert highlights, interviews, and in studio performances.

Watch the video for “Posssession”:

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