David Browne
October 10, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hole in the World; Fallen

Sarah McLachlan ”Fallen” She’s back, and she’s bummed. High-school-diary sentiments (”I have sunk so low/I’ve messed up”) combine with predictably tasteful, antiseptic production to announce a new genre — music for those who get depressed during massages. After a six-year layoff, shouldn’t she be more jazzed for a return?

Eagles ”Hole in the World” In addressing global disharmony, you’d think the original Cali crew would summon up their old spitefulness. Instead, we get a limping gait and cliches (”Until we learn to love one another/We will never reach the promised land”) as banal as the old-boy-band chorus. They were always better when they were pissed off.

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