Song review: “Dan O’Halloran”
Band: Paddy McHugh
Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Date of Release: 04/02/2013
For me, this is definitely one of those times, and one of those songs.
Maybe it’s the all-’round great musicianship?
Maybe it’s the way Paddy not only tells an amazing story with his lyrics, but paints a vivid picture with them too?
Maybe it’s how much old mate Dan O’Halloran reminds me of my dad, and things that happened in his life?
I don’t really know; all I do know is that some songs have “it”, and this track is definitely one that has “it”.
I don’t really want to give away too much, so you’re just gonna have to listen for yourself.
Trust me; it’s worth it.
The first thing that really struck me about this track was how pleasing the timbre of Paddy’s voice is to the ear. Couple that with the great natural tone of the acoustic guitar used on the recording, and you have a perfect combination to lay the foundations of what could be (and turns out to be) a great song.
I honestly can not get over the quality of the lyrics and songwriting contained in this track… There’s just something about the words used and the structure they’re arranged with, that is honestly perfect. Lyrically, I think this is hands down the best song we’ve ever had submitted to us.
The overall concept and execution of the video is amazing; I loved every bit of it, and it fits in perfectly with the song.
Again; I’m not going to give anything away, as I don’t want to ruin the story for you, but I will say there is a cool-as-fuck M. Night Shyamalan level twist at the end.
Check out this song, and the rest of Paddy McHugh (and the Goldminers) music. I bought this album as soon as I finished listening to this song the first time through, that’s how good it is.
Straight up going in “The Best of IPHYB“.
Overall IPHYB Rating: 10/10
Personal Enjoyment Factor: 10/10
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