Darren Watson, Too Many Millionaires (2018)
I didn’t feel I could review this one…even though I think it’s a terrific record. I got to write about it and plug it though. And I played a track from it on an Aussie radio station several months in advance of it being released. I didn’t review this in a formal capacity because I consider Darren Watson a mate, I still review music by people I know and have met. Sometimes I’ve even lost friendships over reviews. Or they’ve been impacted hugely. No, the reason I didn’t review this was because I wrote the liner notes for it. Darren approached me to write some back-cover liners, a huge honour. It was a paying gig too, a professional piece of writing. So in a way I did my review then and there. I wrote about the album – getting to hear it before just about anyone else. It’s remained a favourite. I was so thrilled when I finally saw and heard the finished album – on vinyl. And was grateful to be gifted a copy. We sat and chatted for a podcast too. And then I got to see the show – a fantastic gig as part of what I understand was a hugely successful full national tour. Darren’s a great talent. And I firmly believe this is the best record he’s ever made. Now here’s to the next one eh! And if there isn’t any more from him he’s done enough with this and all that went into it and came before it. This is a record that will be getting plenty of play from me for many years to come.
Sample Track: National Guy
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