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CD Review: DAN BRODIE & THE GRIEVING WIDOWS – Run Yourself Ragged EP

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CD Review: DAN BRODIE & THE GRIEVING WIDOWS – Run Yourself Ragged EP
Fat Swine Records
September 2014
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Dan Brodie & The Grieving Widows - Run Yourself Ragged EP

Dan Brodie found himself in a reflective mood when diagnosed with cancer last year and his treatment forced the postponement of a planned solo album.

He got through the ordeal, using the phrase ‘Run Yourself Ragged’ as a mantra to find the strength he needed from within, and a trip to the studio to lay down ex-Rose Tattoo/Love Addicts Ian Rilen’s Booze To Blame – a feature of Brodie’s live shows for some time – resulted in three original tracks hitting the tape as well.

Booze To Blame is a great rock song in the Tatts vein, super catchy and full of grit and remorse.

The EP’s title track – named after Brodie’s recovery mantra – features Spencer P Jones of The Beasts Of Bourbon, giving voice to the exhaustion his cancer treatment bequeathed him.

No Warning is another tale of loss, but not of sadness – here Brodie has escaped from a relationship gone downhill, shedding a tear for the end of the happiness, but not for the end. The lyric ‘being with you once upon a time used to be like a drug high,’ is a stroke of street poetry genius, touching all of us who’ve walked a line.

Closing track Let’s Get Fuck Up (And Dance) is the perfect full stop for this little collection. He’s made it through the darkness. He hasn’t changed his ways. Let’s get fucked up and dance, man. What better way to celebrate?


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