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Fans find McLachlan’s first concert in Utah is worth the wait

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Utah's Sarah McLachlan fans have waited a long time for the rising song-stress/guitarist/pianist to visit the Beehive State.

Some things are worth the wait.At a sold out E Center Wednesday night, McLachlan sang and played with all the grace, beauty and guts that she delivers on her studio records, and then some.

The 29-year old Canadian has been busy touring all summer, but not alone and not in Utah. After opening with her hit, "Building A Mystery," the organizing force of the highly successful "Lilith Tour," - featuring all female performers - apologized to her fans for not seeing them earlier and then explained why the wait was to their benefit.

"Now we can do a nice long show," she remarked bringing the packed house to a chorus of screams. She was good to her word, playing a tight, emotional set full of just the songs the largely-female crowd wanted to hear.

She pushed on in the set with hits "Hold On," and "Good Enough," both from '94s United States breakthrough album, "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy."

With seemingly no effort, the siren demonstrated the wonderful dynamics of her voice, showcasing her dextrous vibrato and her silky, sexy phrasing. She scaled the musical heights with ease and, best of all, projected her emotions and ideas in every song.

While most of her tunes are about love or loss of some type, her lyrics are still fresh and genuine, just like her performance. For instance, she sang, "I Will Remember You," followed by "I Love You," and "I Will Not Forget You." Most performers would have stagnated in syrupy cliches but McLachlan was never pretentious or self absorbed.

It didn't hurt that those in attendance were devoted McLachlan followers who knew most every word and likely identified with them as well.

A real strength of the evening's show was the performance of background vocalist Camille Henderson. She executed the harmony sections wonderfully and blended so well with McLachlan that the two seemed to share a voice. Likely missed by many, Henderson contributed mightily to the experience.

McLachlan played through her older material, phased into some well-loved tunes and brought the crowd to its feet and the evening to a crescendo with an astounding vocal performance on "Adia."

Like a good novelist, she let her audience emotionally wind down and during her second encore McLachlan sat alone again at her piano in the candlelight and finished the night off with "a nice quiet song," "Angel."

The E Center deserves praise for the fine sound in the building. Unlike some previous shows at the venue, the volume was at a reasonable level and both highs and lows were discernable and sharp.