Solace (Sarah McLachlan album)

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Studio album by Sarah McLachlan
Released 29 June 1991 (Canada)
28 January 1992 (US)
Recorded Morin Heights at Lars Westvind's house, in Vancouver at Mushroom Studio and Venture Studios and in New Orleans at Karen's House
Genre Folk rock
Length 47:46
Label Nettwerk (Canada)
Arista (US)
ARCD 8631
Producer Pierre Marchand
Sarah McLachlan chronology
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
(1993)Fumbling Towards Ecstasy1993
Singles from Solace
  1. "The Path of Thorns (Terms)"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Into the Fire"
    Released: 1991
  3. "Drawn to the Rhythm"
    Released: 7 February 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Solace is the second studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, released on 29 June 1991, on Nettwerk in Canada and 28 January 1992, on Arista Records in the United States. It was the album that first made her a star in Canada, spawning the hit singles "The Path of Thorns (Terms)" and "Into the Fire" and being certified double platinum for sales of 200,000 copies in Canada.

Although the album received favourable reviews internationally, her commercial breakthrough outside of Canada would not come until her next full album, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. Whilst Sarah has not discarded the album’s songs from her concerts so completely as those of Touch, nothing from Solace has been performed live since 1999 except for “The Path of Thorns (Terms)”,[2] which was performed nineteen times between 2010 and 2012.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sarah McLachlan, except where otherwise noted.

CD: Nettwerk / W2-30055 (Canada)
1."Drawn to the Rhythm" 4:08
2."Into the Fire"3:34
3."The Path of Thorns (Terms)" 5:51
4."I Will Not Forget You"
  • McLachlan
  • Darren Phillips
5."Lost" 5:03
6."Back Door Man" 4:00
7."Shelter" 3:23
8."Black" 5:04
9."Home" 4:45
10."Mercy" 4:23
CD: Arista (US)
1."Drawn to the Rhythm" 4:12
2."Into the Fire"Marchand3:30
3."The Path of Thorns (Terms)" 5:50
4."I Will Not Forget You"Phillips5:21
5."Lost" 3:56
6."Back Door Man" 4:11
7."Shelter" 3:30
8."Black" 5:08
9."Home" 4:45
10."Mercy" 4:23
11."Wear Your Love Like Heaven"Donovan3:19


  • Sarah McLachlan - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano
  • Pierre Marchand - Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Piano, Organ, Keyboards, Accordion Reeds, Percussion
  • Bill Dillon - Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Pedal Steel, Guitorgan, Billatron
  • Leo Nocentelli - Electric Guitar
  • Daryl Exnicious - Bass, Background Vocals
  • Hugh McMillan - Bass
  • Jocelyne Lanois - Bass
  • Alan Gevaert - Bass
  • Deni Bonet - Violin, Viola
  • Peter "Harpy" Conway - Harmonica
  • Ronald Jones - Drums, Percussion
  • Paul Brennan - Drums
  • Ashwin Sood - Drums
  • Michel Dupirre - Percussion
  • Ken "Hiwatt" Marshall, Greg Reely - Engineers


  • Kharen Hill Album photography for publicity and artwork


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[8] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 671,000[10]

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^; Sarah McLachlan Album Statistics
  3. ^; ‘The Path of Thorns (Terms)’
  4. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 1599". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. 10 August 1991. p. 65. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Sarah McLachlan Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 55, No. 3, December 21 1991". RPM. 21 December 1991. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Sarah McLachlan – Solace". Music Canada. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Sarah Mc Lachlan – Solace". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 26 October 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  10. ^ "Ask Billboard: Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Jewel, Kylie Minogue and Sarah McLachlan". Billboard. 19 November 2003. Retrieved 24 November 2016.