Aidin Vaziri | Sarah McLachlan is back in a big way. After taking a chunk of time off to focus on family matters – including raising her two daughters and dealing with a separation from her husband – the Grammy-winning Canadian singer-songwriter has released an intensely personal new album, “Laws of Illusion,” her first studio set in seven years. She’s also resurrected Lilith Fair, the female-friendly music tour she founded and temporarily retired over a decade ago. Mc- Lachlan plays at the Shoreline Amphitheatre tomorrow, topping a bill that will also feature Colbie Caillat, Heart, Miranda Lambert, the Bangles and A Fine Frenzy. We spoke to the 42-year-old singer by phone from her home in Vancouver.
Q: Would you have had enough material for a new album if your personal life wasn’t in such shambles?
A: It’s hard to say. There’s definitely a lot of intense, emotional fodder to draw from. Singing has always been such a comfort for me. I always look for the silver cloud: Change is painful but it’s growth and forward movement.
Q: There are a lot of gory details in the songs. What are your daughters going to think about their mother when they’re older?
A: I have no idea. I don’t give those kinds of things thought. I live fully in the moment.
Q: So you’re just going to bum everyone else out every night?
A: I love bringing everybody down! No, I recognize I’m closing a festival tour and people want to hear the songs they know and love.