I had not heard of John Brodeur before Bird Streets. I hadn't heard of Maggie Mayday or The Suggestions either, two bands Brodeur was part of. But, I have loved everything Jason Falkner has touched from Jellyfish and The Grays, to his own very small but potent solo catalogue, so Bird Streets, the new project from Brodeur and Falkner was going to be a no-brainer. It dropped on Friday and it is as wonderful as I hoped it would be.
I will refrain from comparisons. Instead, just sink your ears into an amazing collection of lovingly produced and brilliantly performed songs, full of hooks and harmonies and all those great things pop and rock records should be.
As a diehard Jason Falkner fan, who also produced Bird Streets, I hear his stamp everywhere. And though, John Brodeur handles the lead vocals, if you're a Falkner fan as well, you will hear him in Brodeur's phrasing. On my third pass through Bird Streets, I realized there wasn't one song that felt weak or unnecessary. This is a true winner.