'SarahMcLachlan : Pre-Raphaelite Pop'by Ronald Foley MacDonald
Vancouver's Nettwerk Records, perhaps the most aggressive and original of Canada's independent record labels, is gearing up behind what it and many others think may be the biggest new musical talent to emerge since k.d. lang set the Prairies on fire. This time, however, Sara McLachlan, a Halifax native, is giving label-placers a hard time. The possessor of one hell of a set of pipes and perfectly fluent on keyboards and guitar, Sarahalso looks like she walked lock, stock and barrel out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting.
Nettwerk can barely restrain their enthusiasm about Sara's debut album, Touch, undoutebly thinking that Kate Bush can now retire and Sinead O'Connor grow her hair. It's an enigmatic album dominated by Sara's extraordinary vocal range, ranging from an icy, controlled Grace Slick alto to a flippant Kate Bush soprano. The songs, almost all of which Sarahwrote, range from the dense and danceable to more fragile, folk-based melodies. Her writing eschews the overreaching that many first-time artists get caught up in, achieving an emotional impact from balance and simplicity.
Nettwerk has been known for taking real risks and sticking to its guns. It appears they haven't taken much of a risk on SarahMcLachlan. Touch appears to a be a winner and it's barely out of the starting gate.
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'Exposed : Regional Reports'
Sarah McLachlan was back on her home turf again, playing three nights at her old stomping grounds, the Flamingo Cafe and Lounge. Greg Clark, one of the three owners, and Sarah's former boss, ecstatically stated that she broke all the house records. He failed to mention if the club had switched over to CD's. With the maximum media coverage and re-release of her album Touch, Sarah has decided to put Halifax back on the map. Rumors have been spreading that the LP is selling like hotcakes in the States and that some very high-profile Anglo-American management types have decided that Sarah is the next Kate Bush. I say : Kate should be so lucky!