Album: Sarah McLachlan, Laws of Illusion (Arista)

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The Independent Culture

Though her 1997 song "Angel" has become a fixture at funerals, seven years on, Sarah McLachlan is feeling a little more light-hearted, and while the Canadian's folksy, Pilates-honed latest is influenced by her broken marriage, don't expect bitterness here.

Any post-divorce wrath has been whitewashed by crystal-therapy lyrics and syrupy production. The songs blend into a buoyantly bland ethereal pulp, evocative of Enya. Those reeling from break-up blues might do better to reach for the tequila bottle.