Day One followed in 2004, and while it embraced a more guitar-based sound on some tracks, other songs-- like "Your Wish Is My Wish"-- proved that Slean and her voice alone could still produce beautiful results.
Unlike many artists, Sarah isn't afraid to adapt her songs for other settings. One of the songs she rearranges the most is "Lucky Me", which was originally a pop-rock number but works just as well when paired with a string quartet, as seen below:
Her last album released on a major label was The Baroness in 2008, an emotionally charged record that put much of its focus on Slean's piano and vocals. Here's the no-nonsense lead single from that album, "Get Home":
After leaving Warner Music, she teamed up with the Art of Time Ensemble (which reinterprets the work of Canadian songwriters) in 2009 to release Black Flowers, a collection that included songs by everyone from Leonard Cohen to Mary Margaret O'Hara. One of the best results of that pairing, "I'll Never Tear You Apart", even had a (suitably chilling) video made for it. Take a look:
Cheating lovers... bizarre images... this is turning out to be a very depressing One-Off Sunday Spotlight, isn't it?
Never fear, for I possess the cure! A double dose of hope, provided by a fun cover of Madonna's "Material Girl" and a joyous live version of "Day One" (both captured right here in Winnipeg, don'tcha know):
Until next time,