Song Review: Paddy McHugh – “Dan O’Halloran”

Song Review: Paddy McHugh – “Dan O’Halloran”

Song review: “Dan O’Halloran”
Band: Paddy McHugh
Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Date of Release: 04/02/2013
Genre: Country/Folk
Reviewer: Thrillhouse

There comes a time in every music critic’s life, when he (or she) encounters one of those songs that sticks with you for the rest of your life.

For me, this is definitely one of those times, and one of those songs.

As with all great music, I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about it; but there’s just something about this song I absolutely fucking love.
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”.

“Dan O’Halloran” tells the story of a man who suffered through a tumultuous and broken childhood, but still grew up to be an all-around top bloke; even if his mischievous antics sometimes got him into a bit of hot water. A typical Aussie larrikin, the song documents the life of Dan; the trouble he gets himself into, but also how no matter what, he remains a good-hearted guy and a good mate.
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 song starts off with a small, but fitting, didgeridoo section, before the guitar and vocals come in, and start you off on an amazing musical journey of a story.
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.

I don’t normally provide much commentary on the video clips of songs submitted to us, but in this case I think it’s warranted.
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.

So all in all, this is an amazing song, a fucking cool concept, and I loved every minute of it.
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“.

Vocals 10/10
Guitar: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Lyrics: 10/10
Songwriting: 10/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 10/10
Personal Enjoyment Factor: 10/10

Song Review: Paddy McHugh – “Dan O’Halloran”
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