Afterglow (Sarah McLachlan album)
|Studio album by Sarah McLachlan|
|Released||4 November 2003 (Canada)
2 March 2004 (US)
|Sarah McLachlan chronology|
Afterglow is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. Released on November 4, 2003 on Nettwerk in Canada and March 2, 2004 on Arista Records in the United States, it was her first album of new material in six years, after the success of Surfacing and the Lilith Fair festival. Following those successes, McLachlan took a few years furlough to start a family with her husband and drummer, Ashwin Sood. Their daughter, India Ann Sushill Sood, was born in 2002.
She also did a lot of work with the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach program, funding music lessons for disadvantaged children.
Unlike past albums where she went to an isolated cottage to write the songs, she wrote the songs for Afterglow in her family home mainly before the birth of her child. She wrote the songs entirely on piano, which is also a departure from her previous albums which she wrote on guitar. Longtime collaborator Pierre Marchand produced the album. McLachlan wrote eight of the 10 songs herself and co-wrote the other two with Marchand.
Chart success and award nominations
Afterglow was released on November 4, 2003 and was a success in North America, reaching number two on the Billboard 200, selling 361,000 copies in its first week of release and number one on the Canadian charts. It reached #33 in the UK (McLachlan's biggest success there thus far) and the top 50 in Australia in 2004. The first single, "Fallen", reached the top ten on the Adult Top 40 Billboard charts and a remix reached top ten in the United States dance charts. A second single, "Stupid" was released in March 2004.
McLachlan was nominated in five Juno Award categories in Canada, including Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year for Afterglow, and Songwriter of the Year for the songs on the album. The awards were announced on April 4, 2004. The album was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Pop Vocal Album field in 2005.
Although not as successful as Surfacing, Afterglow sold over 2,500,000 units in the U.S. and went two times platinum. Worldwide, the album has sold more than five million copies, mainly in United States, Canada and United Kingdom.
|2.||"World on Fire"||McLachlan, Pierre Marchand||4:22|
|9.||"Perfect Girl"||McLachlan, Marchand||4:43|
|10.||"Dirty Little Secret"||McLachlan||3:55|
- Sarah McLachlan: Vocals, Electric Guitar, Piano, Rhodes Piano, Keyboards
- Pierre Marchand: Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
- Bill Dillon: Guitar, Guitorgan, Church Organ
- Michael Chaves: Guitar
- Michel Pepin: Guitar
- Sean Ashby: Guitar
- Yves Desrosiers: Guitar
- Mark Jowett: Guitar
- Ethan Johns: Guitar
- Tony Levin: Bass
- Daryl Johnson: Bass
- Jim Creeggan: Acoustic Bass
- David Kershaw: Hammond Organ
- Jorane: Cello, Background Vocals, Vocal Treatments
- Ashwin Sood: Drums, Percussion, Loops, Keyboard Bass
- Jerry Marotta: Percussion
- Produced by Pierre Marchand
- Engineered & Mixed by Pierre Marchand & Chris Potter
- Additional Recordings Engineered by Roman Klun, John Oliviera, Linda Strawberry, Yanick Daunais, Brian Hogue & Pete Caigan
- Mastered by Bob Ludwig
- All Songs Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC & Tyde Music, except "World on Fire" & "Perfect Girl" (Sony/ATV Songs LLC & Tyde Music, Studio Nomade Music).
|Australian Albums Chart||22||Gold||35,000|
|Austrian Albums Chart||72|
|Belgian Flanders Albums Chart||18|
|Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart||23|
|Canadian Albums Chart||1||5x platinum||500,000|
|Danish Albums Chart||33|
|Dutch Albums Chart||23|
|French Albums Chart||65|
|German Albums Chart||56|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||30|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||14|
|Swedish Albums Chart||20|
|Swiss Albums Chart||19|
|UK Albums Chart||33||Gold||100,000|
|U.S. Billboard 200||2||2x platinum||2,500,000|
- Allmusic review
- Blender review
- E! Online review
- Entertainment Weekly review
- Mojo review
- Q Magazine review
- Rolling Stone review
- "Slant review".
- Stylus Magazine review
- Caulfield, Keith. "Drake Debuts At No. 1 on Billboard 200". billboard.com. June 23, 2010.
- Australian Albums Chart
- Austrian Albums Chart
- Belgian Flandres Albums Chart
- Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart
- Canadian Albums Chart
- Danish Albums Chart
- Dutch Albums Chart
- French Albums Chart[dead link]
- German Albums Chart
- New Zealand Albums Chart
- Norwegian Albums Chart
- Swedish Albums Chart
- Swiss Albums Chart
- UK Albums Chart
- U.S. Albums Chart
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