Darren Hanlon: I Will Love You At All (Yep Roc, 2010)
Australian pop singer-songwriter Darren Hanlon should be famous. There aren’t many guys out there that can write moving pop songs about a kickstand and make squash sound like the most beautiful game ever. Darren is one of them. His new album I Will Love You At All is out on Yep Roc and it’s once again full of pop songs that make you smile. The lyrics are always brilliant and full of witty phrases that you can use as status updates and even the heartbreaking moments are delivered with subtle smile. The beginning of the album is truly amazing and I’m completely in love with the first four songs. That’s just amazing pop music. Unfortunately the album loses a bit of that magic during the latter half of the album and a couple of “just nice” tunes make appearances. Therefore I Will Love You At All won’t be able to challenge for the album of the year of award, even though it sounds just like the best album of the year during the early stages.