Time Passes By - CD

(review by Victoria Arico)   I am not afraid when life turns me around, sings Rahel in "Where I'm Bound", and that sentiment reflects the tone of this whole collection of songs. Many express a sense of wandering lost, yet there is an ever-present underlying courage and hope that the journey is purposeful and worthwhile despite the trials. The songs share a common spirit, as if the composer was on the cusp of a sad ending and a hopeful new beginning. I enjoyed the powerful harmonies and sparkling mandolin in "Time Passes By" and "Hey Love". I liked the unusual strumming pattern used to punctuate the beat in "Hey Love" - wow, what a song of joy! Clearly a woman of great faith, she can cover many emotional bases through the language of music alone. The beautiful chord progressions and quiet vocals in "Babylon" tenderly express hope rising out of sorrow. Rahel reminds me of Suzanne Vega in that she sounds like she's speaking in tones. I like the quiet softness in "Pierrot" (a lovely song) and the hard-drivin' style vocals and harmonies in "Straight in the Eye". "Golden sun, rainbow colored skies surround you as you go. Move forward arms open wide, you've nothing to do but grow": That's the joyful philosophy of life, in 3/4 time from "Whenever You're You". A gifted, soulful songwriter, Rahel has a lot to say, and she says it well with this beautiful, diverse, collection of songs.