Haunting voice still thrills

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 May, 2008, 12:00am

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This 14-track album is a second collection of rare Sarah McLachlan materials. It includes live performances and duets with renowned singers and groups such as Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The great Canadian singer and pianist is most famous for her emotional and haunting ballads, which account for half of the album.

McLachlan is a musical prodigy with a melancholic, angelic voice. Songs like opening track Ordinary Miracle, When She Loved Me, Angel and The Rainbow Connection will tug at your heart strings.

The album also offers some unexpected influences - hip hop, rock, a cappella and even electronica, and most of them are wonderful.

But Just Like Me, which features 1980s hip hop pioneer DMC, is a mediocre piece and the music is an awkward blend with McLachlan's silky vocals.

But her work with Swedish indie band The Perishers on Pills is a wonderful combination - the deep and magnetic voice of Ola Kluft blends perfectly with McLachlan's.

The last track, nine-minute-long electronic Silence, is a stunning end to this wonderful collection. It's a beautiful album that will appeal to tender-hearted music lovers.