Sound Waves is a good place to start for those new to Farrell’s fine music. The album opens with her warm, friendly voice wrapped around the acoustic country of “Blankets of Wool,” about a local sheep farm, and continues with other critter songs, like the gently rocking “Bison” and the sweet melody of “Snails,” which celebrates the virtues of slowing down. “Swimming Upstream” is an upbeat story of a salmon’s journey home, while “Pinecones” is colorfully shaded with sweeping fiddle, banjo, and Farrell’s spirited delivery that reminds one of the playfulness of fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette’s emotive mezzo-soprano voice. Other highlights include her tale of rascally “Racoons,” her lactose loving song of cows in “Shake it Up,” her breezy, cetacean-celebrating “Sound Waves,” and the prickly bebop fun of “Cactus Dance.” Her much loved and often sung “Let’s Go Outside” is a clarion call to kids to explore nature, and the spritely “Spring is Springing” is a joyful antidote to the winter blues. The album closes with the rich imagery and slippery dobro of “Koi Fish.”
Lahri Bond ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.