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Album Review

As a rule, rock critics dislike ear candy; they prefer artists who challenge, provoke, and shake things up. That's why U2, Nirvana, the Clash, and Public Enemy have been critics' favorites and why Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and the Spice Girls have received so many negative reviews (which obviously hasn't hurt their record sales — if scathing reviews were truly damaging, Boston wouldn't have sold millions of albums). But truth be told, commercialism has its place as long as it's well done. Rachel Farris' debut album, Soak, basically falls into the ear-candy category, which doesn't automatically mean that it lacks merit. Soak shouldn't be condemned simply because it isn't a Rage Against the Machine project — that would be like attacking one of Meg Ryan's romantic comedies for not being an action flick. Soak should be judged by more commercial standards, and when those standards are applied, one has to conclude that the singer/songwriter has provided a generally pleasant, if unremarkable, collection of glossy pop/rock and adult contemporary ballads. Although the Orlando, FL, native was 26 when this CD came out in 2003, she has an ultra-girlish vocal style and sounds like she could be in her early teens — and that approach works better on sweetly effervescent ballads like "Beautiful" and "In a Field" than it does on the more up-tempo tracks. When Farris sings about romantic disillusionment — the kind described on "You Think" and "The End," for example — the extremely girlish nature of her voice tends to render the lyrics unconvincing. But as uneven as this album is, one can hear that she has potential as a songwriter. Farris wrote all of the material herself, and despite Soak's shortcomings, one hopes that she will stay in the music field and keep writing.

Customer Reviews

just WOW

Not many people that i know have heard of Rachel Farris but her music is so amazing her voices blends perfectly with everything. I am a huge fan and i cant wait until her next cd comes out. My favorite songs on her first cd are You Think, I Guess This Is Love, and It's All You. This album ROCKS it is so fun and perfect when you are out with all your friends, even when you are alone and you nedd to think.

This Album is one of the best out there.

This album is one of the greatest. Not many people have heard of her, but she is a wonderful singer, and has a beautiful voice. After listening to her, you will not be able to deny, that she is in fact, one of the better singers in this country, and I wish more people knew about such a talented artist.

THIS IS SAD!!!

Rachel Farris sounds like a two year old singing, and her lyrics are like a two year old writing them! in the song "so good" she says "i hate your sweater". that is beyond stupid! don't waste your money on this album!

Biography

Born: Orlando, FL

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Rachel Farris was playing piano, singing, and writing her own music before turning 13. She majored in music while in college and formed her own group, featuring songs she had written, but the project was nixed when she realized that it involved too much compromise. Determined to go it alone, Farris recorded a ten-song demo that earned...
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