Voice of an Angel “Sarah McLachlan” at Toyota Music Factory Pavilion

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7 3 2024 Sarah McLachlan Toyota Music Factory

On Wednesday, July 3rd “Fumbling Towards Ecstacy Tour” at Toyota Music Factory in Irving.

When describing a concert to celebrate the 30th Anniversary performance of a full album, one must be careful not to be repetitive.  When said album happens to be something so transformative of the musical landscape and of the touring industry, not enough adjectives come to mind to do it justice.  Such is the case when attempting to capture in words the exhilarating experience of watching Sarah McLachlan perform a two-hours musical delight filled with 24 songs, half of which belong to the complete Fumbling Towards Ecstasy album performed front to back.  And if the event was billed as a 30th Anniversary, the five thousand people that packed The Toyota Music Factory were a testimony that this concert was not about nostalgia for what it was, but everlasting love for what it means, what brought us all together along with Sarah and her band to celebrate.

7 3 2024 Sarah McLachlan Toyota Music Factory
7 3 2024 Sarah McLachlan Toyota Music Factory

Sarah herself played multiple roles, being the chief songwriter of every song performed (80% of which are her solo compositions), she played the guitar, the piano, and wove beautiful stories between many songs that highlighted their lyrical inspiration, as well as the reflections she has earned through the years.  Whether it was descriptions of heartache, heartbreak, parenting struggles and victories (counseling included, in her own words), as well as shattering moments as losing her father to cancer, her calming speaking voice turned this massive amphitheater into a very intimate place where we all came to hear the songs, as much as her voice remind us that music can carry us through the darkest of times.

7 3 2024 Sarah McLachlan Toyota Music Factory
7 3 2024 Sarah McLachlan Toyota Music Factory

Wearing two different dresses, a flowery one for the first set comprised of ten of her biggest hits, and a second guitar-figure laden black gown for the whole album performance plus the two songs for the encore, Sarah complemented her stage presence with no shoes, performing barefoot on stage the whole time.  With tasteful stage lighting, including a dozen lights that were lowered on stage for certain songs, at times resembling candles, at times resembling lasers, the show was not about spectacle to enhance the music, but a spectacle made of songs, which the public at times listened to so attentively, that the “you could hear a pin drop” phrase came to mind never so perfectly fitted as in this concert.

7 3 2024 Sarah McLachlan Toyota Music Factory
7 3 2024 Sarah McLachlan Toyota Music Factory

It was only a few of her hits that elicited sing-alongs from the crowd.  Again, with about five thousand people filling the amphitheater seated and lawn sections, it was obvious that everyone was here to listen, with the occasional screams of  “I love you Sarah” coming from both male and female, middle aged and young adult voices, interrupting the perfect flow of harmony and melody Sarah conducted from the stage.

7 3 2024 Sarah McLachlan Toyota Music Factory

Once the full album performance concluded, 22 songs deep of a 24 song setlist, and there was time for only 2 more, a new song called Gravity and the closing track Angel, it was clear to all that Sarah McLachlan did capture lightning in a bottle with her Fumbling Towards Ecstasy album.  Much to the delight of her fans, she did it again on her follow-up Surfacing, and it is all to our benefit that 30 years later, we can all gather to celebrate in ecstasy, that as she tours again, each one of her concerts is a reminder of that sweet talent of hers that is better than ice cream.

7 3 2024 Sarah McLachlan Toyota Music Factory
7 3 2024 Sarah McLachlan Toyota Music Factory