Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy 180g Import LP
180g Audiophile Vinyl Includes Bonus Track -- Cover
Of Joni Mitchell's Classic Song "Blue!"
Also Features "Possession," "Hold On" & "Ice Cream!"
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is the third album by Canadian singer-songwriter and
Grammy Award Winner Sarah McLachlan and proved to be her worldwide breakthrough
album. The album reached the Top 5 In Canada in no time and went certified
platinum within a few weeks, eventually selling over 4 million copies worldwide.
As a bonus track, the album also includes a wonderful cover of the classic Joni
Mitchell song "Blue".
"Although 1991's Solace made Sarah McLachlan a star in Canada, her
international breakthrough arrived two years later with Fumbling Towards
Ecstasy, a softly assured album that combined the atmospheric production of
Pierre Marchand (a former apprentice -- and evident disciple -- of Daniel
Lanois) with some of McLachlan's strongest songwriting to date. At the center of
everything was her voice, an ethereal, lilting soprano that helped pave the way
for Paula Cole, Lillith Fair, and a decade's worth of successful female
songwriters. McLachlan utilized the crack between her chest and head voice,
emphasizing the changing tones as her melodies climbed into the vocal
stratosphere. She was also comparatively young at the time of Ecstasy's release,
and her combination of vocal hooks and commercial appeal wouldn't be fully
mastered until 1997's Surfacing. Even so, McLachlan's work was rarely as raw or
honest as it is on this record, where tales of sin, lust, and love are delivered
alongside piano arpeggios and electronic flourishes. "Possession," the album's
lead-off single, is a jarring love ballad with lyrics inspired by a stalker's
correspondence. There's a double-edged quality to the song's eerie lines --
"I'll take your breath away," "I won't be denied," "Just close your eyes, dear"
-- and Marchand underscores that tension by setting McLachlan's melodies to a
nocturnal trip-hop beat. Elsewhere, the two lighten up with "Ice Cream," which
likens love's sweetness to decadent deserts, yet Fumbling Towards Ecstasy takes
most of its strength from the lush, rhythmic dreamscapes that dominate the
album. Alternately dark and shimmering, intimate and ornate, Fumbling Towards
Ecstasy launched McLachlan's international star power while setting a high bar
for her future albums, many of which approached -- but not never quite eclipsed
-- this career highlight." - Andrew Leahey - allmusic.com
• 180g Audiophile Vinyl
• 4-page booklet / soft-touch outer sleeve
• Includes bonus track - cover of Joni Mitchell classic "Blue"
4. Good Enough
9. Hold On
10. Ice Cream
12. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy