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A largely forgotten album in the wake of Sarah McLachlan's mainstream success, Touch was the first album anyone heard from the singer. Only 19 at the time, McLachlan had years to go before she would become the seductive songstress of Fumbling Towards Ecstacy or the sensitive balladeer of Surfacing. Instead, she has more of an ethereal sound, enhanced by keyboards and a lush production that gives it a polished feel. Bringing to mind the '80s incarnations of both Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, the songs here are moody pop tracks that showcase her incredible range more than anything else. A few tracks, especially "Vox" and "Steaming," are beautiful tracks that have a light sense of yearning that she would later develop into the sensual crooning of her mid-'90s work. And "Ben's Song," a piano ballad, would go on to be included in her live shows long after the other tracks from this album disappeared from them. But Touch is vastly different from the rest of her material (save for maybe a few tracks on Solace), making it a surprise to most curious fans. Her performance is the point where this is most obvious, as her gorgeous voice lacks most of the personality and emotion that she would later develop. But the material isn't bad, just uncharacteristic of the rest of her career. Some fans might be disappointed by the copious amounts of keyboards and McLachlan's restrained performance, but Touch is still a winner. Just a flawed winner, coming from a talented artist who was still searching for her artistic voice.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/1994
Label: Arista Europe
UPC: 4007192598724
catalogNumber: 259872
Rank: 88666


  1. Out of the Shadows
  2. Vox
  3. Strange World
  4. Trust
  5. Touch
  6. Steaming
  7. Sad Clown
  8. Uphill Battle
  9. Ben's Song
  10. Vox

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah McLachlan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Classical Guitar
Ross Hales   Drums
Dave Kershaw   Bass,Background Vocals,Double Bass
Jeff Krosse   Bass,Background Vocals
Sherri Leigh   Percussion,Drums
Naomi McLeod   Background Vocals
Stephen Nikleva   Electric Guitar
Darren Phillips   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Greg Reely   Percussion,Drums
Rudy   Percussion
Tippi   Percussion
Steve, Rudy Tippi   Percussion

Technical Credits

Gary Wright   Engineer
Sarah McLachlan   Composer,Lyricist,Cover Design,Photo Tinting
Darren Phillips   Composer
Sarah Phillips   Composer
Greg Reely   Producer,Engineer

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