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Solid Pop Rock Replaces Country Crooning

Solid Pop Rock Replaces Country Crooning

Who: Dan Brodie, The Vandas and Dirty Pink Jeans
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
When: Saturday April 16, 2005

WHEN we were first introduced to Dan Brodie, it was all about rock-fused country twang.

But things have changed.

Brodie has stepped away from his backing band The Broken Arrows and headed down a new musical path with his latest album Beautiful Crimes. Country twang has been replaced with solid pop rock.

Beautiful Crimes was recorded at Melbourne's Sing Sing Studios with Barry Palmer, best known for his songwriting work with Hunters and Collectors and Deadstar .

Brodie had about 50 songs to choose from before he ventured into the studio.

He said having Palmer on board gave him the space to try new things as a musician, and eventually emerge with a pop- tinged album.

``Leonard Cohen's album Death of a Ladies Man to me, that's a pop record, the melding of two great minds Phil Spector and Leonard Cohen, and turning these dismal songs into something really beautiful with strings and backing vocals,'' Brodie said.

``I thought I could treat my songs in a similar vein, and maybe as a reaction against all the garage rock being done on analog. I had this real feeling of endless possibilities.

``Barry and I wanted to make a really great record. He gave me a lot of confidence to try things out.'' Following a couple of warm-up shows late last year, Brodie has taken the album on the road.

He will perform tracks from the album with his new band on a national tour which will bring him to the Cambridge Hotel on Saturday night.

Brodie will be supported by The Vandas and Dirty Pink Jeans. Tickets cost $10 at the door.

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