Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan and her backing group offered an engaging, spirited concert that was decorated with humorous personal anecdotes, disarming, shy smiles and a sense of love and appreciation for her art that left a capacity crowd both awed by the performance and warmed by the sweet personality of the star.
It’s certainly rare to encounter a 26-year-old performer with as fully realized an artistic vision as McLachlan. With three stunning and revealing studio albums on Nettwerk/Arista, McLachlan has grown from an accomplished guitarist/pianist with a fair grasp of the spectrum of human emotion and tragedy to a well-rounded artist whose knowledge of third-world despair and the peaks and valleys of romance has made her a more complete songstress.
Songs from McLachlan’s latest top-50 release, “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy,” were the brightest, most affecting moments of this 90-minute concert, particularly the misguided infatuations of alternative-radio hit “Possession,” the somber tones and unsettling trance of “Ice,” and “Good Enough,” a moving song that speaks to women’s insecurities.
Irish folk-rockers the Devlins, playing songs from their Capitol debut “Drift ,” opened the evening with a likable set of mostly softly delivered love songs, including new single “Someone to Talk To.”