Unobtrusive, pretty and natural, Courtney Farquhar’s first full-length album Nowhere I’d Rather Be has an elegant simplicity to it. Despite a couple of tracks that verge on the Pier 1 (i.e. the music that constantly plays there), the songwriting and arranging works quite well. Although it’s not the kind of record I would play every day, listening to is pleasant and relaxing. This country-folk girl knows how to craft a variety of songs and Nowhere I’d Rather Be doesn’t get boring as many a singer/songwriter’s album does. Farquhar’s voice can be heard powerfully and clearly throughout the album, but Man Like You is certainly a standout track with mandolin and drums gently moving the song forward. If you’re looking for an album for your car as you drive to and from the suburbs, this is the disc for you.
Published in Volume 64, Number 17 of The Uniter (January 28, 2010)