Lisa Gerrard (also known as the other half of Dead Can Dance) has made haunting and beautiful music for decades. The Black Opal recently came out and I grabbed a copy. I literally dropped my jaw with her new turn in style. It is still Lisa with beautiful orchestrated pieces and a voice bestowed upon her by a Seraph. But to hear her actually use words and sing with an actual band is something new. Just listen to this cover of a classic :
I know you have waited for years. After all Sarah McLachlan has put out nothing but quality albums. Some critics might not like this new one but it is OK. After all critics who write in big magazines like Billboard and Rolling Stones are not really music lovers. They just write for the purpose of getting paid every month and to stir up controversies. But we are real fans. And we know why we love her music. It is the elegance in her phrasing, the beautiful melodies and the angelic voice she has maintained and developed for years.
Laws of Illusion is an album that sounds like she has finally gone back to her roots. This is the kind of musical style that has forged albums like Touch, Solace and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy into timelessness. Surfacing is probably her biggest selling album ever. But it is a departure from her more daring vocal style and expansive melodic creations. Afterglow is good but then again, it has lost the luster of earlier albums. Still, as fans we got it because there are still memorable tracks like Fallen, Train Wreck and Time.
The new album(after years and years of waiting) offers more variety and instrumental richness. Songs like the guitar and rhythm driven first track Awakenings takes us back to her old rebellious self yet never losing that ethereal touch. Illusion of Bliss never fails to draw out emotions with its every note. So beautiful it can make the late John Lennon weep. Loving You is Easy sounds like a Beatles tribute with its bouncy piano intro and a totally Brit Pop style. Changes has the same kind of melodic richness . Other tracks that follow has the same vibrant and luminous effect upon me. Out of Tune is so beautiful it has all the perfection of song writing. Two tracks, Don’t Give Up on Us and You Want Me 2 already appeared on her The Best Of but they are really in place in this album in terms of style.
All in all Laws of Illusion delivers the goods as all Sarah McLachlan promises. Considering you lined up in front of record bars early just to get this album , I tell you it’s worth it!
|2.||“Illusions of Bliss” (·)||McLachlan, Pierre Marchand||3:53|
|3.||“Loving You Is Easy” (·)||McLachlan||3:03|
|5.||“Forgiveness” (·)||McLachlan, Marchand||3:49|
|6.||“Rivers of Love” (·)||McLachlan, Marchand||3:54|
|7.||“Love Come” (·)||McLachlan||3:33|
|8.||“Out of Tune”||McLachlan, Marchand||3:51|
|10.||“Don’t Give Up on Us”||McLachlan, Marchand||3:37|
|11.||“U Want Me 2“||McLachlan, Marchand||4:07|
|12.||“Bring on the Wonder”||Susan Enan||3:24|
|13.||“Love Come” (Piano Version)||McLachlan||4:04|
Remember this from 1999? This is featured in the movie Great Expectations-also taken from the album Formica Blues. The UK-based duo Mono is composed of Siobhan de Maré and Martin Virgo.
The stranger sang a theme
from someone else’s dream
the leaves began to fall
and no-one spoke at all
but i can’t seem to recall
when you came along
i just don’t know what to do
The tree-lined avenue
begins to fade from view
drowning past regrets
in tea and cigarettes
but i can’t seem to forget
when you came along
I heard about Coury Palermo through Sleepthief recordings. I also realized that this guy has a beautiful voice that crosses between slick RnB type of singing to a more choir boy type of sophistication. His subjects have always been poignant, mostly dealing with lost love and missed soul mates. There is something fragile but dark in his musical persona. After all, according to him : ” I think the melancholy in life is my biggest influence – the moments that tear us apart and keep us searching.” But sensuality is never far as justified in his music videos. It’s more like fingernails gently scratching on skin against the onslaught of rainsdrops. A little bit of heat, and more of a chill.
Influences: ANYTHING melodic. PM Dawn, Sarah Mclachlan, Annie Lennox / The Eurythmics, Sade, U2, Patty Griffin, Coldplay, Q-Tip, Enya, William Orbit, Pierre Marchand, Imogen Heap, Sting, Robert Bradley, Ray LaMontagne…