Avalanche Of Truth (2012) reviews:
"It transitions between the quieter, more solemn songs and the jump up and down/letting go vehemence of any post-loss situation. It arrives at the end with ‘Sofia’, which sounds exactly as the name implies – blissful, beautiful, and slightly foreign. Paul’s is pop for heartache."
Sarah Werkmeister, FourThousand.
We Can Sleep Under Trees In The Morning (2010) reviews:
``...One of the best releases I heard from a young songwriter anywhere in the world in 2010. By the time you reach the final, elegiac title tune, you realise these songs will be haunting you for some time yet. Fans of quality writers like Elliott Smith and bands like The National and Grizzly Bear, don't miss this.''
Noel Mengel, The Courier-Mail. (4 Stars)
"Honest, self-doubting and deceptively complex, Bigstrongbrute’s take on guitar pop - slowed down, spaced out and filled with beautiful melodic embellishments - is nothing short of compelling."
Andrew McMillan, Mess + Noise.
"If you're a fan of lovingly made, carefully written, sincere music; hear this record...If you've ever seen this man live and thought that he'd make a great record; well, he JUST DID."
Matthew Somers, FourThousand.
``Seasoned lyrical mourner and emotional articulator Paul Donoughue's talent is rather astounding: his apparent relish for words, stirring arrangements and effecting voice are executed so deftly as to recall the rousing pomp of Canadian Spencer Krug's vehicles, notably early
Sophie Blackhall-Cain, Collapse Board
"It’s the best local record I’ve heard in some time, certainly the best folk record to come out of Brisbane for a while...Donoughue takes the same simple song structures and basic open guitar chords that thousands of people have used to create a million songs, and yet manages to create songs that are not only memorable, but somehow unique and individual. Paul Donoughue is a son of a bitch."
Cam Smith, Before Hollywood.