Much has happened in McLachlan's life since her last studio album, the 6-year-old "Surfacing," which garnered two Grammy Awards and four hit singles.

Much has happened in McLachlan's life since her last studio album, the 6-year-old "Surfacing," which garnered two Grammy Awards and four hit singles. The Canadian singer/ songwriter lost her mother to cancer, then gave birth to her first child. So it is not surprising to discover that "Afterglow" is a collection of songs steeped in life, loss and love by a woman whose own life is in transition. Lead single "Fallen" perfectly (and touchingly) captures this essence. With piano ever in the forefront, McLachlan creates quiet magic in "Answer." Love songs like this come down the pike all too infrequently. One track later, in "Time," McLachlan is questioning matters of the heart and all that they encompass. In transition or lost in transition, McLachlan is simply trying to figure it out, attempting to make sense of life. Now, that is sweet surrender.—MP

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