Review + Photos: Lilith Fair St. Louis, Featuring Mary J. Blige, Court Yard Hounds, Metric, Emmylou Harris, Sarah McLachlan, Friday, July 16
|Metric live at Lilith Fair, July 16, 2010|
At one point, Haines mentioned the band's Canadian heritage and gave a heartfelt thanks to another Canuck, headliner and tour founder Sarah McLachlan. (Incidentally, Metric also added a snippet of Neil Young's "Hey, Hey, My My (Into the Black)" before "Gimme Sympathy.") In fact, nearly every artist on stage praised McLachlan for reactivating Lilith Fair and for her personal generosity. And so unsurprisingly, a matriarchal air permeated her night-closing set, which began with her on the piano playing a soft-glow version of "Angel." (As a nice bonus, Harris joined in on background vocals.)
She picked up an acoustic guitar for "Building a Mystery," a tune that also functioned as an introduction to her stellar band, like expert session drummer Matt Chamberlain. New songs were hit or miss - the bouncing piano chords on new song "Loving You is Easy," while catchy, were a dead-ringer for Sara Bareilles' "Love Song," and the midtempo, soul-driven "Forgiveness" dissipated into the ether. Her voice remains clear and velvet-goth-lined - "Adia" and "I Will Remember You" pierced the humid air -- and her music is beautiful and comforting: a glass of warm milk, a Monet painting, a wool blanket. But because her performance came directly after Blige's set, the mellow music felt like somewhat of a let-down.