Song of the Day #5,038: ‘Plenty’ – Sarah McLachlan

Continuing my look at 1994, first by counting down my own top ten albums of that year.

#3 – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy – Sarah McLachlan

I’m embarrassed to have only two albums by women on this top ten, a reflection of both the industry at the time and (more so) my narrow focus as a 22-year-old male music fan.

Despite that narrow focus, I did find room for the undeniably great Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, the third album by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan (this album was released in Canada in late ’93, but I’m counting it as a ’94 release because it debuted in the U.S. in February of that year).

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Song of the Day #4,573: ‘Bring on the Wonder’ – Sarah McLachlan

This song, the closing track of Sarah McLachlan’s 2010 album Laws of Illusion, is the only one on that album not written by McLachlan. It was originally penned and recorded by English singer-songwriter Susan Enan.

McLachlan sings backing vocals on Enan’s version, a piano/guitar ballad I prefer to the glossy remake on Laws of Illusion.

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Song of the Day #3,777: ‘Angel (Live)’ – Sarah McLachlan

Yesterday’s Edwin McCain post sent me down one of those deliciously evil YouTube rabbit holes that dredged up material for a week’s worth of blog posts.

This week I’ll feature a quintet of live performances at the Bing Lounge, which I guess is where you go to play when the Google Lounge is down.

First up is Sarah McLachlan, with a lovely rendition of her classic sobfest ‘Angel.’

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Song of the Day #3,578: ‘Rivers of Love’ – Sarah McLachlan

Today’s random selection comes from the artist who originally launched Random Weekends more than six years ago — Sarah McLachlan.

‘Rivers of Love’ appears on McLachlan’s rather weak 2010 album Laws of Illusion. I’ve been very dismissive of that record, but I have to admit this song isn’t half bad.

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Song of the Day #3,424: ‘Heartbreak’ – Sarah McLachlan

Today’s Random Weekend track comes from Sarah McLachlan’s lackluster 2010 album Laws of Illusion. Released seven years after the decent Afterglow, this album failed to meet mounting expectations.

It was especially disappointing because this was McLachlan’s first work following the dissolution of her marriage, and I love me a good heartbreak album. Instead, we got a boring one.

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