Sarah McLachlan: Classic, Dud, Search, Destroy, Tastes Great, Less Filling, etc...

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Hard to believe this winsome Canuck/insufferably pious songbird hasn't had a thread of her own as yet. I must confess to actually liking some of her earlier stuff (pre-Lilith Fair), "Into the Fire", "Possession" specifically. First heard her courtesy of Manufacture's "As the End Draws Near" (which is still mighty fine). Her more recent stuff is soaked on mawkish, syruppy blanditude, but she's had her moments, no?

Or not. What say you?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 7 August 2004 00:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"The Brothers McMullen" song "I Will Remember You" showcases a gorgeous voice, so Search that, if interested. Bought her first and second when they came out, but they've long been sold during revisionist "I deny thee thrice, Natalie Merchant" purges. A big guilty Dud.

Chris Hill (Chris Hill), Saturday, 7 August 2004 00:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I caught on late with 'Surfacing'--I have that and 'Fumbling...'. I say classic--or, at the very least, not a dud. 'Fumbling'--some gripes about the production sound aside--deserves whatever acclaim it got, since it is so good and yet SO FUCKING DEPRESSING... you need a few of those in your collection, right?

John 2, Saturday, 7 August 2004 00:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is really good I think. That's all though, really.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 7 August 2004 01:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i liked her well enough to go on a date with someone and see her live (that was post-fumbling). everything I've heard since is syrup, though.

kyle (akmonday), Saturday, 7 August 2004 01:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

My official Review...


SARAH MacLAUGHLIN


***1/2 Touch


**** Vox EP


****1/2 Solace


****3/4 Fumbling Toward Ecstasy


***3/4 Surfacing


N/A Mirrorball



Sarah shows enormous musical talent, but in the beginning she lacked musical identity. On Touch she crafts mellow audio wallpaper like a Canadian Enya without the pretences. The first five tracks and the last one (a remix of "Vox") truly sparkle, but the slower stuff (tracks 6 through 9) induces a profoundly unpleasant narcotizing coma. She followed this with an EP consolidating the obvious singles into a listenable yet far-too brief package.


Solace starts with an eerie Sinead O' Connor impersonation and more mainstream pseudo-pop sound. She does well here, and its a quantum leap in the right direction. From the moody singles fodder opening tracks to the cover of Donavan's "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" its a joy.


With Fumbling Toward Ecstasy she becomes Suzanne Vega with balls. A subtle mix knits together torch songs and angstful balladoids. The real centerpieces: "Possession" and "Plenty" along with the snideness of "Circle" and self-affirmation of the title track. An acoustic reprise of "Possession" follows the title track.


Surfacing: a very bad sign. After finally finding her unique take on folk-pop, Ms MacLaughlin is starting to blandly repeat herself. Besides the obvious singles "Building a Mystery" and "Sweet Surrender" little stands out on Surfacing: A grey-brown clone of Fumbling.


Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Saturday, 7 August 2004 02:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

when she loved me

:' (

RJG (RJG), Saturday, 7 August 2004 02:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I quite enjoy her b-sides collection, I must say (purchased for the XTC cover....which is best left undiscussed).

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 7 August 2004 02:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

insufferably pious songbird
She posed naked in one of her early videos (or was it an album cover?). Definitely a contrast to the sort of image she has post-Lilith.

In Canada, her music was inescapable from 1996-1999 or thereabouts, so for me, it's a case of being too bored shitless of hearing her to be able to properly judge.

There are definitely some good songs in there amongst the heavy-handedness, though.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Saturday, 7 August 2004 02:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Actually there's been one thread: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy C/D

I seem to remember that "Black" (I think from Solace) was distinct for her pre-Fumbling oeuvre for having more teeth than a your average singing ovary.

Fumbling is a classic, though.

Jimmy Carter, History's Greatest Monster (Leee), Saturday, 7 August 2004 04:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

she's such a hoser!

s1ocki (slutsky), Saturday, 7 August 2004 04:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

into the fire is fucking brilliant. her other stuff isnt really my cup of tea but im happy for her success.

astroblaster (astroblaster), Saturday, 7 August 2004 04:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(purchased for the XTC cover....which is best left undiscussed)

what did she cover?

cutty (mcutt), Saturday, 7 August 2004 05:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

her stuff with manufacture was quite good. i'm sure she did vocals on another one of theirs tho. best not mention her work with those comedy industrial tikes frontline assembly.

frenchbloke (frenchbloke), Saturday, 7 August 2004 05:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i had a job fixing people's computers in college. i kept ending up doing so in girl's dorm rooms festooned prints of waterhouse's "the lady of shallott"--and they would always be blasting sarah maclachlan. that is all.

||amateur!st|| (amateurist), Saturday, 7 August 2004 05:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i think i even have a sarah maclachlan mix tape somewhere that one of said girls insisted on giving me.

||amateur!st|| (amateurist), Saturday, 7 August 2004 05:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yep, 'Fumbling..' is classic all the way. Almost every track has a distorted electric guitar mixed way down so that it's always there, even when it's not in your face, focusing a lot of the album on this tension between the ugly guitar sound and her voice. It's great.
'Solace' stands up too, not quite as striking, but fully worthwhile, and equally dark.

'Surfacing' disappointed me on release; she'd sandblasted all the edges off for QMFM glory, and I lost a lot of respect when she spent the next 6 years milking it for all it was worth. Sure, she earned some time in the spotlight, but it was a weak, bland album with very little to recommend it aside from a predetermined arc of stratospheric success. Add that by '98 she was absolutely ubiquitous in Vancouver, and there are the makings of a not undeserved grudge. Her '03 comeback album kinda flopped, and by all reports it was dull and tired.

So, classic for two great albums, but dud since Lilith Fair took off, and she seemingly stopped taking chances.

derrick (derrick), Saturday, 7 August 2004 07:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

she's sort of the musical equivalent of Margaret Atwood

Symplistic (shmuel), Saturday, 7 August 2004 08:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

she's often the token "sensitive" pick among clueless rawk dudes.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Saturday, 7 August 2004 09:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Fear" and "Possession" are CLASSIC. More pop songs with high B-flats, plz.

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Saturday, 7 August 2004 09:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

What the hell were you doing in my sister's room, amateurist?

sundar subramanian (sundar), Saturday, 7 August 2004 10:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(purchased for the XTC cover....which is best left undiscussed)

what did she cover?

"Dear God." Takes the power out of it. Her "Solsbury Hill" isn't terrible, though.

I interviewed Sarah for college radio way back when . . . well, when she was touring for Fumbling. I got about half an hour with her just before a show at the Cleveland Agora. Despite her public persona, she didn't actually have an ounce of pretension or piety about her. She was super-chatty and humble.

Anyhoo, I actually liked Surfacing in a great many spots -- production and repetition aside, "Adia" has a beautiful melody, and "Sweet Surrender" would have been a #1 from any other female artist, perhaps.

The latest album, not a lot of bright spots. Feels like treading water. "Train Wreck" is good.

phil d., Saturday, 7 August 2004 12:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Surfacing was so goddamn midtempo too. blah.

Explain how she is the musical equivalent of Atwood, please... aside from 'token successful Canadian women', is there a connection?

derrick (derrick), Sunday, 8 August 2004 02:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Despite her public persona, she didn't actually have an ounce of pretension or piety about her. She was super-chatty and humble.

Lifted from an actual Interview....


Interviewer: "If you could be one of the Spice Girls, who would you be?"
Sarah McLachlan: "Smelly Spice. I fart alot."

...and to think I always admired her for her dignity.

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Sunday, 8 August 2004 02:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the version of "Hold On" on the No Alternative compilation is really, really good... unfortunately it inspired me to buy "fumbling..." which i found bland and disappointing. don't think i played it more than two or three times...

officer pupp, Sunday, 8 August 2004 15:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

is there a connection?

similar fanbases, mostly. i think i was drunk when i wrote that.

Symplistic (shmuel), Sunday, 8 August 2004 22:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I listened to her in high school, loved Fumbling, and went to a concert in 97. Seems she hasn't grown as an artist since then, or branched out. Is she just giving her fans what they want? I found her new album boring and disappointing. I wonder how it did sales-wise.

emoneyv, Monday, 9 August 2004 02:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Her live version of "Black" kinda rawks.
I always had a soft spot, but post fumbling i lost interest.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 August 2004 03:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

A Christmas revive for this exquisite version of "River":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FB2dlEH9U0E

anagram, Thursday, 17 December 2009 20:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Her version of Randy Newman's "When She Loved Me" off Toy Story 2 chokes me up every flippin' time.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 17 December 2009 20:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

Absolutely. That song is genius because it ties in perfectly with the plot of the film but it also has a life of its own for those who haven't seen it. I've never been able to look at one of my son's discarded toys in quite the same way after seeing that sequence.

anagram, Thursday, 17 December 2009 20:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

I've never heard that one, but Angel fucks me up these days when I hear it.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Thursday, 17 December 2009 20:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Still think Fumbling is amazing, this underrated tune in particular, though the lyrics to the first verse remind me intensely of the kind of thing I used to write when I was 14.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I815NVkQPq4

So gorgeously produced! Kinda post-Buckingham.

Tim F, Thursday, 17 December 2009 21:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Is it just me or are most of his songs incredibly depressing? I remember hearing Surfacing and Fumbling a lot 10 years ago or so and lately I've been revisiting some of her songs and find that there's a strong fixation on suicide and addictions on her lyrics.

Moka, Monday, 18 October 2010 20:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

No it's not just you, they really are quite depressing.

Tim F, Monday, 18 October 2010 22:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Its even more depressing when you realize that he is really a she!

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 18 October 2010 22:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol sorry about that. I tend to exchange he/she when expressing myself in english.

Moka, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 01:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Search "Fumbling" title track, still her finest moment if a bit Gabriel/Bush.

"Surrender", "Possession", "Building a Mystery" are all great but sort of Hornsby/Henley mid-tempo video rock, twirling in the curtains slo-mo...In the same league as "Round of Blues".

Destroy "Adia".

cee-oh-tee-tee, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 02:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Solace" and "Fumbling" are great throughout
Weirded out that she has one song called "I Will Not Forget You" and another called "I Will Remember You"
I used to skip "Adia" even when I was a big fan

The Bartered Bride (Ówen P.), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 03:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

My favourites off Fumbling are "Wait" and "Ice" - those are awesome pseudo-goth.

Also adore "Full of Grace" (from the next one) in the context of the final moments of Buffy season 2.

Tim F, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 05:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

I was about to point out Full of Grace. ♥

silence is a rhythm too (Turangalila), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 05:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

i was listening to "fear" today and suddenly thought that fumbling towards ecstasy should prob get more comparisons to hounds of love

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:06 (one year ago) Permalink

that's exactly how I felt about it when it came out; but it hasn't held for me.

akm, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 16:23 (one year ago) Permalink

There's a great cover of Joni's Blue as some sort of extra track on my copy of Fumbling

MaresNest, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 17:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Suzanne Vega with balls
Suzanne Vega with balls
Suzanne Vega with balls
Suzanne Vega with balls
Suzanne Vega with balls
Suzanne Vega with balls
Suzanne Vega with balls

Steve Gunn Mann-Dude (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 18:38 (one year ago) Permalink

i was listening to "fear" today and suddenly thought that fumbling towards ecstasy should prob get more comparisons to hounds of love

― who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:06 (8 hours ago) Permalink

I see this, but at the same time Fumbling Towards Ecstasy sounds like it's striving in the opposite direction from mid-80s Kate, as if it wants to hide its mastery and creativity; "Wait" (which always struck me as the album's ~archetypal~ track) is so gorgeously textured but it's like weathered limestone rather than rococo magnificence.

It's a very difficult record to place IMO, though it occurred to me yesterday that at times it has similar sonic predilections to Jane Siberry's When I Was A Boy, which came out the same year - or, at least, the most songful, least abstracted parts of that album (e.g. "Sail Across The Water").

Maybe it's a Canadian thing.

Also I always thought it was kind of (intentionally? unintentionally?) amusing that "Fear" is followed by the title track, the first line of which is "All the fear has left me now..."

Tim F, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 23:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Perhaps another precedent for this album is Night Ride Home!

Tim F, Thursday, 30 June 2016 04:58 (one year ago) Permalink

When i Was A Boy is much more embracing of weirdness though. I really love that record, maybe the only record by her that I do love.

akm, Thursday, 30 June 2016 05:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah WIWAB is much more deliberately unsettling and off-kilter in parts.

Tim F, Thursday, 30 June 2016 05:20 (one year ago) Permalink

I think The Walking is Jane's best overall though.

Tim F, Thursday, 30 June 2016 05:22 (one year ago) Permalink

I bet Sarah and her producer listened closely to Peter Gabriel's Us, also.

Tim F, Thursday, 30 June 2016 06:25 (one year ago) Permalink

The Daniel Lanois production thing, rootsiness + Michael Brook style ambient guitar and widescreen mix touches.

MaresNest, Thursday, 30 June 2016 06:51 (one year ago) Permalink

absolutely; and in fact her first album was much more in that vein. also I think she covered Solsbury Hill on a b-side around this time? At any rate, I wish she'd done more like this instead of slipping into the easy listening mode that she went into.

This thread made me relisten to Fumbling and Siberry's When I Was A Boy for the first time in many years, thank you! I love both of these.

akm, Thursday, 30 June 2016 07:04 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

wow a bunch of good posts in a row from last year

i'm listening to the complete mirrorball and it's lovely tbh, i love the production on fumbling and solace but it's nice to hear the songs escape that space. i also heard the freedom sessions for the first time yesterday which has a similar effect, the jazzy arrangement of "elsewhere" is wild

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 14:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I bet Sarah and her producer listened closely to Peter Gabriel's Us, also.

― Tim F, Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:25 PM (eleven months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this feels very otm and makes me wanna listen to us immediately

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 14:36 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i know the popular narrative is that surfacing is a less satisfying xerox of fumbling but i really love every song on that record at this point

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 14:36 (eleven months ago) Permalink

even "adia" which has somehow, twenty years after i got so so sick of it playing on the radio constantly, regained its emotional efficacy

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 14:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i may just be hearing things but currently my favorite part of mirrorball are the audience members who begin to recognize "fear" after the first line and briefly whoop

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 14:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7RJZ53geyI

damn

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i haven't heard enough of her to judge but i generally like her music and her starting Lilith Fair in the middle of the post-grunge bro heavy alt-rock era was vv important imo, and it (in name) becoming derisive shorthand for a certain type of music was a vv MRA-type reaction.

nomar, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Heard Sweet Surrender on the radio a couple days ago. I love the electric guitar effect intro (what is that? Is it just pedal work?) favorite element in the song and it's unfortunately just there in the opening verse.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Doesn't quite explain how the guitar gets the effect live but it's a great sound. I'm can't think of any examples that does it the way this track does it. Really wish they had carried on with the effect throughout the song and finished it with a shoegazey albeit MOR wall of distorsion.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:21 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I did always like that effect. Song is kind of boring otherwise, though. Iirc, there was one kind of cool noisy/shoegazey track on Freedom Sessions. (I had to listen to a LOT of this woman in the late 90s without ever putting it on myself.)

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

This one, I think. Not exactly shoegaze but a lot more distortion than she usually goes for.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Ah that's a nice version! Although makes me realize that Sarah Mclachlan with a heavier band sounds like Evanescence!

Sweet Surrender is definitely boring safe for that 20 second + guitar effect.

In the mirrorball and SNL performance the effect is there and it sounds different from that on the album but it doesn't seem like the guitar is playing anything. Is it playback? It seems to be pre-recorded

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9Sc7_lwRVvw
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WuK0zW0SHCs

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

She does a fine guest vocal on this one with Blue Rodeo. Works perfectly for the song.
https://youtu.be/qIaPGLGdlVQ

Manitobiloba (Kim), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i think in all live performances the "sweet surrender" feedback is pre-recorded. one of the things i love about her band in this period (which, maybe she has the same band now idk) is that the guitarist loooooves playing noisy feedback solos

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 17:17 (eleven months ago) Permalink

he spends most of the verses on the mirrorball performance just leaning into his monitors lol

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 17:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

has anyone heard laws of illusion? it's....magnificent??? it sounds like an aimee mann record

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 29 June 2017 04:27 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Is it even possible to do that feedback intro live? Seems like it was cut and pasted from different sounds in the studio.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Thursday, 29 June 2017 05:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

sarah mclachlan is great and IMO a couple years off from an actual reappraisal -- a lot of recent the xx, Lana Del Rey, even Lorde (the beginning of "Sober" fakes you out into thinking it's going to sound like "Fear") has her stuff in its DNA

also, her dance appearances (both Delerium-type stuff, and remixes of her own work) are fantastic, there are times I wish everything sounded like that

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Thursday, 29 June 2017 17:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Brad’s review of Fumbling Towards Ecstasy for Pitchfork is so great!

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/sarah-mclachlan-fumbling-towards-ecstasy/

Tim F, Sunday, 5 November 2017 21:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

that review inspired me to pull out an old copy of this album, which has indie radio station notes taped to the front. "this album is AWESOME" is one key note, which is otm. re-listening now I'm getting the Talk Talk vibes more.

drejelire, Sunday, 5 November 2017 21:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah I’d long thought there was a Talk Talk vibe but I’d had no idea Sarah was actually a big fan of Spirit of Eden.

Tim F, Sunday, 5 November 2017 21:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

great review Brad

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 5 November 2017 23:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

late sleeper on sarah, where do i start

kolakube (Ross), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 02:52 (five months ago) Permalink

fumbling then solace then surfacing then the others if you want more

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 02:54 (five months ago) Permalink

disagree

surfacing first, then fumbling, then touch and solace

essential non-album cuts include the immortal "i will remember you" from the brothers mcmullen soundtrack, which is possibly her finest song. other ones to look out for include the electric version of ice and the tom waits cover from the freedom sessions and the delerium collaboration "silence"

while listening to surfacing you may be interested to know that the album was referred to in the starr report in the context of an note monica lewinsky wrote to bill clinton after he had a copy in his office. she said the song "do what you have to do" really reminded her of him.

james brooks, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 05:20 (five months ago) Permalink

surfacing is the only one i've heard, and i love that one

know some of her other tracks (like Silence and Fear). Thanks for the recs

kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 05:22 (five months ago) Permalink

Second "Silence." But Fumbling remains my favorite -- "Elsewhere" is so good.

Leee. Earl Grey, hot. (Leee), Thursday, 4 January 2018 20:45 (five months ago) Permalink

i mean my reasoning behind recommending solace second is that after you hear fumbling you gotta hear "path of thorns"

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 January 2018 21:08 (five months ago) Permalink

these days I'd actually recommend people start with her dance remixes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2cR7AORkMU

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Thursday, 4 January 2018 21:10 (five months ago) Permalink

I don't think there's much reason not to admit that Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is far and away her greatest record; though the ones before and after are also great, they feel like a practice run and a slight comedown respectively. Everything just snaps into focus almost without any flaws on FTE.

Tim F, Thursday, 4 January 2018 21:18 (five months ago) Permalink

hoo boy that is great xp

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 January 2018 21:19 (five months ago) Permalink

yes fumbling is a great classic album. none of the others quite measure up.

akm, Thursday, 4 January 2018 21:21 (five months ago) Permalink

To be clear I do think that Surfacing in particular is an excellent and very interesting record in its own right (see my discussion of it w/r/t "Lost in California" in my 2017 round-up thread).

Tim F, Thursday, 4 January 2018 21:27 (five months ago) Permalink

i genuinely prefer surfacing to fumbling

it's tighter, darker, more stylish, more atmospheric, more distinctive

i've never felt otherwise

james brooks, Thursday, 4 January 2018 23:47 (five months ago) Permalink

I’d say at best some of those are a draw and otherwise (darker, more atmospheric, more distinctive) those qualities are stronger on fumbling.

But then the darker songs on fumbling (in particular Wait, Plenty, Elsewhere, Ice, Fear) are basically my favourite of hers, so...

In dearness to Surfacing there is more distinction between the songs, though equally you could chalk that up to Fumbling mostly seeking to establish a sustained mood.

Tim F, Friday, 5 January 2018 00:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Meanwhile, talking about Sarah always makes me want to know whether people have listened to the first Jonatha Brooke album.

Tim F, Friday, 5 January 2018 00:12 (five months ago) Permalink

I have a few Jonatha Brooke records, my favourite is 'Back in the Circus' (the European version) tho' the first is great too, particularly 'Inconsolable' aka 'The Saddest Song Ever Written' (well, one of!).

Bloody Snail, Friday, 5 January 2018 00:24 (five months ago) Permalink

I do like Surfacing, but obviously the ubiquity of some songs makes overcoming them a little harder. That said, "Building a Mystery" is one of her best melodies outside of FTE.

Leee. Earl Grey, hot. (Leee), Friday, 5 January 2018 18:14 (five months ago) Permalink

when i was a teenager i bought surfacing from a video game/used CD shop. this track was always my fav

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b57Ie6L9oy844\

i grew up with muchmusic playing her singles but never gave her the proper due, thank you all itt i will go further

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 6 January 2018 05:21 (five months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9PGl5RjXHA

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 6 January 2018 05:22 (five months ago) Permalink


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