133. FUMBLING TOWARDS ECSTASY by Sarah McLachlan
This 1993 record, McLachlan’s third, proved to be her commercial breakthrough despite the pervasive dark themes and generally melancholy arrangements (‘Ice Cream’ is the only upbeat track on the album). I was introduced to this record in medical school and it has stayed with me ever since, frequently revisited when the appropriate mood arises. While it’s undeniable that she is known for her lilting to almost ethereal voice, the production raises these songs to another level. With that in mind, you would do well to give a listen to ‘Possession,’ ‘Hold On’ and ‘Fumbling Towards Ecstasy’ before making your way through the rest of the record.