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100. Dan Brodie and the Broken Arrows – “Empty Arms, Broken Hearts”

How appropriate that this blog should hit triple figures with a killer release that so confidently swaggers through the rock’n’roll oeuvre.

dan-brodie-borken-arrows-album-cover-empty-arms-broken-heartsThis album sees Dan Brodie delivering on his promise. He hardly takes a wrong step.

The opening track is flawless – slow vocal-heavy intro cataloguing the status of his family members and his own trials with the bottle, a plea to Jesus Try and Save Me, drums kick in, addition of important rider to title “(from myself)”. This CD is the one where Brodie transforms from Ryan Adams clone to the next Steve Earle. It’s all tales of a slightly lawless life on road breaking hearts and facing inevitable reciprocity.

Take a Bullet is even better and should have been a huge hit. He probably didn’t do himself any favours with this video (which muddies up the mix in the name of art – but also captures my typical reaction when hearing it – i.e. singing along):

In searching for that vid I found one of his first album which is better (and in a century-acknowledging indulgence I have added it into yesterday’s review)

This clips a ripper though:

There are several more stand out tracks on this album and I cannot recommend it highly enough. As a sad footnote, I awaited his next release with much hop, attended the CD launch and was mightily disappointed. He went all soft and MOR and he won no custom from me.

File under: Brylcreemed bluesy rock brilliance

99. Dan Brodie and the Broken Arrows – “Big Black Guitar”

I had a big soft spot for the work on Dan Brodie for several years. He was a bit of an outlier on the Melbourne pub scene, strongly wedded to a country-blues ethos.

dan-brodie-and-the-broken-arrows-big-black-guitar-album-coverThis was his first full-length release, and does a reasonable job of capturing his life persona, although the recording leaves a bit of the energy and rawness out.

Brodie could be described as the Aussie Ryan Adams, as he shows enormous passion for the roots of country-rock, and also portrays a life filled with misadventures in love. Brodie lacks some of Adams’ songwriting acumen, but also a whole lot less of the pretension. His tales are very likable and honest.

The title track is a good rollicking life tale (of following in his dad’s musical footsteps). Ride On is the rockingest effort and presages his greater confidence and where’s his strengths really lie – in almost Hank Williams-esque honky tonk.

There are a few too many forgettable tracks on here for this be a real fave, but Brodie certainly showed a lot of promise.

Here’s the standout track in thigh-slapping living colour (yeeeeehaaaaa):

File under: A rising star