Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan might be the most predictable recording artist on the planet. Her ballads—they're almost always ballads, barely approaching mid-tempo at their most rambunctious—are emotional, introspective and ethereal. She's sort of a hyper-ethical eco-mother, the type of individual who could easily be lampooned on Portlandia, even though she calls Vancouver (B.C.) home. She's gorgeous, and so is her voice. In fact, she's among the most gifted vocalists in pop history. She'll never be confused for edgy, but is there another person on the planet whom you'd rather have sing you into a virtual rose-petaled bath? (Listen to “I Will Remember You,” and the answer won't be no.) She's got her formula, she sticks to it, and the result is a sold-out Paramount. Predictability isn't always a bad thing, remember. It's why restaurants and bars have regulars; and without regulars, those places would likely be tits up. (With Butterfly Boucher, Melissa McClelland.) MIKE SEELY

Fri., Feb. 4, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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