Review – “Catcher” – Feed The Birds

Reviewed by Laura Stanley

Combine the writing style of Irish folk musician Lisa Hannigan, up-and-coming Canadian folk musician Charlotte Cornfield and a bit of the older Tegan & Sara sound and you’ll get Rheanna Melnick, otherwise known as Feed The Birds.

Perfect for a summer day or a road trip to the beach, Catcher is filled with warm and catchy folk-pop songwriting and songs guaranteed to be in your head all day.

Melnick’s voice blends well with her folk-pop sound, showing her capable range between a low tone and her beautiful high falsetto.

“The Weatherman,” sets the stage for not only the pleasant and catchy sound that is constant throughout the album but also provides an appropriate beginning for a very nature-themed album.

Songs like, “Bees” and the foreboding “Trouble,” add a darker tone and another element to Catcher, while at the same time proving that Melnick’s songwriting is capable of more than just memorable choruses.

While some of the backing band comes off as unnecessary at times, it adds to the fun of the album (listen for the Kazoo in “Background”), keeping the listener happy and entertained.

The standout hit, “Poetic Farmer,” also chosen as one of five Manitoba finalists for CBC Radio 3 and the David Suzuki Foundation’s Playlist for the Planet contest in 2010, provides clever lyrics like, “I am a farmer, I’ve forgotten how to grow,” and toe-tapping folk goodness.

If you’re in the Winnipeg area stop by Rheanna Melnick’s bakery, Jonnies Sticky Buns.

Top Tracks: “The End,” “The Weatherman,” “Poetic Farmer”

Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)

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