Sarah McLachlan trades depression for happiness in new album

By Scott Mendelson It’s not a terrible song, and the video isn’t anything special, but the concept is troubling. The song, titled “Loving You Is Easy” is the first single for her new album Laws of Illusion, which debuts on June 15th. The song basically has McLachlan waxing not-so-poetically about how happy she is with the new man in her life. And that is the problem.

If I wanted to listen to puppies-and-rainbows melodies about the joys of new love and the sweetness of romance, I’d listen to a Taylor Swift song. I’m sorry, call me old fashioned, but when I listen to Sarah McLachlan music, I expect to be soulfully depressed and artfully bummed out, with soaring odes to misery and suffering plus a dash of gorgeously-sung hopelessness. This is a woman who is the go-to artist when they need a song for a commercial begging you to save downtrodden animals. This is a woman who, bless her lovely voice and compelling lyrics, put out a genuinely depressing Christmas CD a few years back.

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  • June 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    I have hear her new cd and believe, this one is the only ‘happy’ song. The others, much better, are about her divorce and reminiscent of the old Sarah. Don’t let this song fool you, the whole album is nothing like this song.

  • June 14, 2010 | Permalink |

    I suspect the reviewer has not listened to the rest of the album. Aren’t album reviews supposed to be based on the entire album, not just the first single from it? 😉

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