Patricia Manson was the founder of the Lymphoma Research Foundation Canada; she died of the disease in May 1988. As a fundraiser for the LRFC, Vancouver folk-pop band the Raindogs (not to be confused with the Boston power poppers of the same name), whose leader, Murray Tevlin, was a friend of Manson's, recorded the Strong (For Pat) EP shortly after her death. The title track was written by Tevlin after Manson's memorial service, based on her final words, and it's a tender yet hopeful elegy for a dear friend. (The eight-minute remix of the track incorporates parts of an inspiring speech Manson made shortly before her death.) The other four songs are genial folk-pop highlighted by Dan Burnett's saxophone and Tevlin's oddly whiny voice, which strongly resembles that of the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano. The wistful "That Hug" is the best of the bunch, thanks largely to Elin Sigurdson's harmonies.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason