Perry's voice commands itself over acoustic guitars and mellow world music vibes. It's equal parts dark and light intermingled in perfect complexity. The depth of her voice sounds to the ear like another instrument, used to capture the vulnerability of being human.
I wish that I had listened to Four Non Blondes when I was a young teenager. Being the girl with the deep voice just made me want to be silent. Perry owns it the way that I had to learn to do. Now, many years too late, I understand why she was an inspiration to a whole generation of women. To me, she still is.