Sarah McLachlan, Mirrorball

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * · · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * · · )

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Ok, I may be the only guy on the planet who doesn't like concert recordings, but frankly, I just don't like them. Sarah McLachlan's Surfacing is one of my reference CDs, so when I heard that many of the songs on that CD were going to be on the Dolby Digital 5.1 recording of her Mirrorball concert, I jumped at it. What I got was a whole lot of difference. I don't like different. When I hear a song, I like to hear it as I originally did. I like the sterile sound of a recording studio. I like the original tones and pitches. That is what got me to like the song in the first place. The DVD of Mirrorball had a whole lot of croud noise, a whole lot of Sarah talking about love and crap instead of singing about it, and frankly, a lot of difference. It took me about twenty seconds to realize that on stage, Sarah looks like the friggin lotus woman, Celine Deon, waving her arms as if she is chasing bugs while singing. Frankly I would be happy if she sat on a stool and held the friggin microphone. I don't need some crazy evangelical hand waving. Just sing damn it. Sure there are a lot of songs (many I didn't hear before, and I know why) and they are in Dolby Digital 5.1, but the original CD has no fear of being replaced as my reference disc.