Album of the Day: Sarah McLachlan (9/10/91)

31FCRXRCJYL._SL160_In the late 80s and early 90s, Nova Scotian Sarah McLachlan almost single handedly revived the female singer/songwriter genre that had been largely dormant since the 70s. With a full-range voice and a keen sense for both indie folk and mainstream pop sounds, McLachlan found instant success in Canada with her 1989 debut album, Touch. Her sophomore disc, Solace (released September 10, 1991) made her a top star in Canada and formed a beachhead in the U.S., U.K. and Australian markets. Three good singles – “Into The Fire” (#4 on U.S. rock charts), “Drawn To Rhythm” and “The Path Of Thorns (Terms)” – gathered radio airplay and followers in the U.S. for Solace, which eventually became a gold seller. There’s also a catchy cover of Donovan’s “Wear Your Love Like Heaven.” Her global breakthrough came on with her third album, 1993’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. Besides a catalogue of great indie folk-pop albums, McLachlan’s also well-known for launching the Lilith Fair touring festivals that focused on emerging female singer/songwriters and bands over three summers beginning in 1997. The tour will reputedly resume in 2010. A Sarah McLachlan playlist is planned for The Playlist Vault at DrRock.com and Solace can be downloaded on iTunes or purchased as a CD on Amazon.

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