Album: A Fine Line
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Genre: Adult Contemporary, Pop
A Fine Line is the debut solo album from Heather Rankin, known for her 25 years singing with her family in the multi-platinum group, The Rankin Family. A Fine Line is showing off what Heather can do on her own, and the result is beautiful. The eleven tracks, includes a cover “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, originally by Tears for Fears. The album was produced by David Tyson, who has also worked with Alannah Myles and Amanda Marshall.
The title track opens the album and is an uplifting song, encouraging the listener to forget about the dark things that may cloud their head and to let themselves to continue to be strong. “For Good” seems to be about relationships, both the ups and the downs associated with being with someone. “Titanically” starts off with haunting strings before turning into piano. The music in the song gives it almost a darker feeling, especially when paired with the lyrics that metaphorically reference the demise of the ship that inspired the title of the track. Her cover of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” comes paired with a collaboration that surprised me, but Quake Matthews’ performance only increases the catchiness of the song. “Valentine” closes out the album, a song primarily on piano. Quite obviously a love song with lyrics about loving someone until the end of time.
Overall, this is a solid solo debut from Heather. A Fine Line stands apart from her work with The Rankin Family while also giving fans what they love. Her beautiful voice delivers the songs with power and emotion, hooking the listener until the last note rings out.
I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.