Like 1999's multi-platinum-selling Mirrorball
, Afterglow Live
relies on the breathy Canadian's fluid and faultless vocals and performances -- by McLachlan
and band alike -- that are so spot-on that they may well have been cut in the studio. The recording follows the singer through her summer tour, a jaunt that ended up in her hometown of Vancouver. The 15 tracks are culled from a pair of shows in Toronto. While heavy on material from the 2003 release that gives the record its name, McLachlan
classics like "Building a Mystery" and "Sweet Surrender" sound as reliable as ever, but the real meat here is the accompanying 23-track DVD that features behind-the-scenes footage, live performances, and videos.