LAURA DANNAN – MIDLIFE CRISIS

Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio, we’ve been listening today to a song that rather resonated with all of us. Laura Dannan’s latest single, Midlife Crisis, was released on December 1, 2022.

Midlife Crisis is one of the most charming and unpretentious songs that we’ve listened to this year. Laura describes herself as a drummer who started learning guitar during lockdown. A woman who, when she isn’t writing songs, she’s looking after her two teenage girls.

Midlife Crisis is an earworm that will stay with you. Laura’s comedy genius and regional accent make this track utterly delightful and lyrically one which will pull at your heartstrings as you listen to Laura’s midlife plight.

This is a song where the tempo rises and falls to match the lyrics, with slight pauses for comic effect in all the right places. You can hear Dannan grinning to herself and almost bursting into laughter as she presents each line with glee and more than a touch of cheekiness.

Midlife Crisis is an intimate, almost spoken word, song. It is a quirky and humble rant about life. It is raw and open. We think it’s a bold but wise decision to keep the song uncluttered and with no additional instrumentation: the vocals and lightly strummed guitar are all that is needed here.

Honestly, it felt as if a Pam Ayres poem had been set to music! We absolutely loved everything about this song and could imagine Dannan collecting together a bunch of songs along the same lines and becoming a huge hit at W.I. meetings up and down the country. This is British charm at its finest and any lyricist who can rhyme lacking, cracking, distracting, comfort snacking has our vote!!!

Ideas from our ears

Some small EQ cuts around 250Hz, 500Hz and 1kHz would help balance out some peaks whilst a light compressor/limiter and maybe ~8dB of make-up gain would also help balance out the overall volume. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

There’s nothing we love more than an artist who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Laura Dannan’s, Midlife Crisis has had us grinning from ear to ear and laughing out loud repeatedly today. This is just wonderful!