Hole in the World; Fallen
Sarah McLachlan ”Fallen” She’s back, and she’s bummed. High-school-diary sentiments (”I have sunk so low/I’ve messed up”) combine with predictably tasteful, antiseptic production to announce a new genre — music for those who get depressed during massages. After a six-year layoff, shouldn’t she be more jazzed for a return?
Eagles ”Hole in the World” In addressing global disharmony, you’d think the original Cali crew would summon up their old spitefulness. Instead, we get a limping gait and cliches (”Until we learn to love one another/We will never reach the promised land”) as banal as the old-boy-band chorus. They were always better when they were pissed off.