Katherine Farnham

Katherine Farnham

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"My Shoes Are Leaking" is a story of chasing a lost love. Unfortunately, Farnham's voice is almost too lovely to allow her listeners to become depressed along with her. However, she wails so softly and expressively, listeners are caught in the rain with her. "The Voice Inside" is a funky groove of a new songwriter's trials. Telling Farnham's own story of self-discovery and development, the song also encourages her fans to try to find their own songs, to say what must be said, even if the appropriate time may seem long past and to live so as not to regret. Reminding listeners that "We all have a voice," Farnham encourages you to listen for it and do as it tells. After Juancho Herrera's Santana-esque solo, Farnham ends her triumph by advising others to "Hold on to your dream." Hopefully, Farnham's dream is just beginning to come true. If this tape is any indication, she has much more to look forward to, as do her listeners. "The Silent Glass" is a mellow bossa nova of a wrenching confrontation with an alcoholic mother. The pain is evident, yet still expressed tenderly, the child's love pushing her to retreat to her bed instead of berating her crumbling parent. Though Farnham's voice is more than sufficient, backing by Ayuko Tanaka and Arcangel Perez emphasize and flush out the story and its emotional charge. Throughout the album, bassist Hiro Harada and drummer Bero Hale do their respective parts most respectably as well. Farnham's lyrics are heavy and meaningful, but her vocalizing is soaring.