SINGLE REVIEW: John Reed – ‘Dry The Life’


This is a song about a big and important subject. The risk with songs about big and important subjects is that they can sound preachy, John’s song isn’t.

If you’ve heard any of John’s album ‘Moorscape’ (read our review of the album here) prepare yourself for something quite quite different. This is no folk-punk protest song.

Lyrically this is a beautiful subtle song that addresses this issue in what is very much a human centred way. So while the subject of the song may be political, the way it’s approached really helps you understand the issue from the point of view of somebody experiencing the problems caused by water shortage.

The music – which features an African instrument called an N’Goni (this is featured in the video) – follows through in the subtle vibe set by the words. It’s beautifully simple.

The combination of the lyrics and music results in a song which I personally found to be very moving.

The single can be purchased from Bandcamp

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