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Teresa Farris

Teresa Farris – 2002 (Xtreme)

Reviewed by Robert Loy

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When young country artists redo a rock song it's usually for one of two reasons: 1. to hedge their bets and go for some crossover appeal, or 2) they just don't know the difference. Once in a great while a newcomer will dust off a rock tune and discover that it was actually a country song after all. Kudos to Teresa Farris for doing just that with the old REO Speedwagon song "Take it on the Run." Any song that starts off "Heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it from another you've been messing around" has to be a country song, and even if it weren't Farris's husky downhome voice might just be strong enough to convert it. That's the good news.

The bad news is that with the exception of the torch song "Be Tender With Me Baby," there's not much here worthy of Farris' powerful vocal cords. "I Love Him I Think" and "All I Need" are almost annoyingly repetitive, the imagery in the single "Naked in the Pouring Rain" doesn't hold up, and the other tracks are just not distinctive enough to be memorable.

The fact that Teresa Farris makes them enjoyable to listen to makes her an artist to watch out for. If she finds some material that matches her vocal talents there'll be no stopping her.