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Farris, Rachel - 2003 Soak

Rachel Farris - vocals
Tony Palacios - guitars
Tom Hemby - guitars
David Cleveland - guitars
Matt Pierson - bass
Larry Hall - keyboards
Jeff Roach - keyboards
Tony Morra - drums
Eric Darken - percussion

The huge 2002 success of Canadian skateboard pop princess Avril Lavigne has heralded in a new era of wannabees, for which the labels are looking to cash in on. If that's the case, then a chick (or is that chic?) with all the right credentials is Rachel Farris. But hang on a minute, Rachel has more depth and creativity wrapped up in her little finger than a whole group of wanabees trying to be the next fashion hip-hop idol or tomboy pop-rocker. From Orlando Florida, 26 year old Rachel has a tendency towards the rock side of the stage (good on ya girl!) and that's represented on her superb debut album 'Soak'. Believe me, this one is gonna get ya like a wet sponge thrown across a driveway while cleaning your car on a summers day! Strung along by many industry suitors and not finding a deal that felt 'right', Rachel kept to her guns, and eventually found a team that gave her full creative responsibility. That team was Big3 Records, and their CEO Bill Edwards. Rachel then went up to Nashville to record with Christian legends, Pakaderm's John and Dino Elefante. The songwriting on here is very strong, and it's all been penned by our Rachel. Talent in the making? I think so. Combine that with the juicy production talent of the Elefante's, and the melodic rhythms of ex Guardian axeslinger Tony Palacios and you've got a package that is guaranteed to make melodic rockers and popsters sit up and take notice.

The Songs
Some of these tunes are so damn annoyingly catchy, that plugs and headphones are likely to become a permanent fixture to your ears. Musically, Miss Farris is combining the obvious modern effervesence displayed by the likes of the aforementioned Ms Lavigne and Vanessa Carlton, but when Rachel gets serious we hear murmurings of Jennifer Paige, Wilson Phillips and Donna Lewis cross the speakers, particularly on the ballads. For instance, take the incessant power-pop chords of the utterly stirring title-track 'Soak'. After listening to this, yeah we'll get wet - happily! The dramatic pairing of 'I'm Not The Girl' and the album opener 'You Think' probably best exemplify the Avril Lavigne comparison: modern, cutting edge, the guitarwork searing, yet tempered. Another energetic display is provided on 'It's All You', the music whipped up into a whirpool of girly pop-rock frenzy! A couple of my favourites are the lighter ones. Take the lovely 'I Should Go', a harkback to early 90's Wilson Phillips material, or the poignant drama of 'The End', as in end of a relationship. Serious stuff from Rachel, perhaps she needs to have a few more years under her belt to appreciate one of life's less-inspiring moments? Despite the name, 'Wild' is a fun whimsical piece, while two soothing ballads in the shape of 'Beautiful' and 'In A Field' wind down to acoustic unplugged territory, though the vocal choruses and overdubs are as rich as anything!

In Summary
A promising start from this pop rocker. Look to see her name in lights. Who knows, we might try and track her down for a word or five! By the way, kudos to Rachel's webmaster. A way cool website!

Produced by: Dino and John Elefante, Rachel Farris
Track Time: 49.42

Track Listing:
01 You Think
02 I'm Not The Girl
03 Soak
04 I Should Go
05 So Good
06 I Guess This Is Love
07 The End
08 Paint The Truth
09 Wild
10 In A Field
11 It's All You

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