Mc Lachlan's parents insisted she finish high school and complete one year of studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before moving to Vancouver and embarking on a new life as a recording artist.
But songs like "Turn the Lights Down Low" and "The Sound that Love Makes" (, though, may be the one that kicks it off, "In Your Shoes"—an antibullying song that Mc Lachlan struggled to write, first thinking of her daughters, then finding inspiration in Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who became a crusader for women's educational rights after the Taliban attempted to kill her.“It was just like Lilith Fair,” she says, shaking her head.Countless concert promoters advised her that putting two female acts on one bill—let alone more than 10—would never fly."I was writing breakup songs," Sarah Mc Lachlan says by way of explaining why she's been pretty quiet for four years."I'm like, I don't want to keep writing the same songs. I want to do something different." That something different is her new record, Mc Lachlan's new songs bristle with declarations of strength, resilience, and fortitude, ranging from her signature piano balladry, meticulously arranged into a seamless ebb and flow of volume, pace, and emotiveness ("Broken Heart," "Brink of Destruction"), to fairly racy rockers—two of them ("Flesh and Blood" and "Love Beside Me") recorded with Bob Rock, Metallica's renowned producer.