Who needs surprises with talent like McLachlan's?

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sarah is resolutely PC.


They don't make 'em less violent than Sarah McLachlan.


Nothing explicit--it's all in the "Afterglow."


No offensive language here.


Nothing obvious here.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Nothing other than that old love addiction.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sarah McLachlan accompanies herself on piano and guitar, so all the practicing her mother made her do paid off in accomplished musicianship...but seriously, this is a sweet, family-appropriate CD.

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On AFTERGLOW, her first studio album since 1997, Sarah McLachlan doesn't offer a lot of surprises. She does deliver a collection of sweetly sung ballads, produced with taste and restraint. It might be worth pointing out to your kids that Sarah wrote all the songs on this album, and plays piano and guitar as well. In an age of prancing pre-fab navel-pierced pop divas, it's refreshing to come across a female artist who performs her own original songs, accompanies herself on piano and guitar, and puts across the not-so-subtle message that her music is more important than her outfits or dance moves.

Is it any good?


Sarah McLachlan's voice was made for lullabies, and she sounds best on the simpler, more delicate tunes. The occasional rebellious lyric ("I'm a train wreck waiting to happen...a wildfire born of frustration" or "I have to push just to see how far you'll go"), sung against layers of strings and choral-sounding background vocals, make for the most interesting moments. But whatever the lyric or tune, McLachlan's competent musicianship and gentle aesthetic are refreshing and welcome.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how serious dedication to your art can pay off, as it truly has for McLachlan. And parents can discuss with their tweens -- yet again -- the "you complete me" love stuff.

Music details

Artist:Sarah McLachlan
Release date:November 25, 2003
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byjumpinbini April 9, 2008

for the relaxing night at home

this album is very good. it is an excellent follow up from her last album, if you know and like sarah mclachlan, you will definitely like this album...the piano along with mclachlan's voice is captivating and a beautiful combination.


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