Review by Robert Reid in Kitchener/Waterloo paper The Record
Eileen McGann Pocketful of Rhymes (Dragonwing Music)
Eileen McGann would be the first to admit Pocketful of Rhymes has been a long time coming. Nonetheless, her seventh solo studio album, which she co-produced with longtime collaborator David K, rewards the wait. Accompanying herself on guitar, McGann’s fresh, vibrant soprano has never sounded better. Joined by K on backup vocals, guitars, bass, bouzouki and mandolin and augmented by an acoustic ensemble and sextet of harmony vocalists, Pocketful of Rhymes offers a richly satisfying aural experience.
But it’s the songwriting that makes the album special, not unlike the West Coast singer/songwriter’s previous releases. The baker’s dozen of traditional Celtic songs and originals explore love and romance, nature and spirituality, life and afterlife, self awareness and topical politics.
Pocketful of Rhymes confirms McGann as one of Canada’s most accomplished contemporary folksingers whose embrace extends far beyond our national borders.
October 10, 2010