Move over One Direction. Jog on The Wanted. Sorry, we never even really knew who you were Lawson. There are some new heartthrobs in town. They’re downbeat, broken-hearted and they’re not afraid to cry. Welcome to the new era of weepy singer-songwriters, one in which boys with pained voices and floppy fringes can amass millions of YouTube views recording covers of Bon Iver songs in their bedrooms. We played the videos of four of these break-out acts – Keaton Henson, Kodaline, Lewis Watson and Tom Odell – to This Morning’s agony aunt Denise Robertson, so that she could give the boys some good advice. It wasn’t a task she relished. ‘You should be sorry for depressing me to death,’ she said when we spoke to her. ‘It’s a good job I don’t have a gas oven, or I’d have put my head in it.’ Her main advice to them – ‘Three words: pull yourselves together.’
Read Denise’s full diagnosis of sad singer-song writers.