Thursday, April 30, 2009

Amy Macdonald - This The Life

Amy MacDonald is that proverbial old head on young shoulders, a Scottish singer-songwriter who, despite her tender 19 years, writes songs with the grace, wisdom, and proficiency of one with a score more on the clock. As influenced by the Libertines as by any venerable old folk hand, the eleven songs on This Is the Life combine a traditional, acoustic folk-rock sound with a youthful spirit and self-assured lyrics that veer between the observational and the confessional. "Poison Prince" is a jagged guitar strut dedicated to some Doherty-like bad boy, a song every bit as pathos-laden as the Libertines at their doomed, romantic best with a closing treatise to find "An upbeat song/So we can dance the night away," while "Mr. Rock & Roll" begins as a wryly withering jibe at some perennial party animals, but by the chorus has softened into a subtle, touching tale of human coupling. MacDonald's age doesn't seem to have been an impediment--"Youth of Today," reportedly written when she was 15, is one of the better tracks here, while "Footballer's Wife" is a clear-headed attack on vapid Barbie-doll celebrity that suggests this girl is very much on the right track. "Rolling Stone, here I come, watch out everyone/I'm singing my song," she sings on "Let's Start a Band." Let that be a warning to you. AMG --Louis Pattison

Born : August 25, 1987 (1987-08-25) (age 20)
Origin : Scotland Bishopbriggs Glasgow, Scotland
Genre : Folk, Pop, Acoustic, Alternative, Indie
Instruments : Guitar, drums, piano, vocals

This Is The Life is the debut album by Amy Macdonald. The album was released on July 30, 2007 in the UK on Vertigo Records. The first single from the album was Poison Prince (a limited release) while the debut first full single was Mr Rock & Roll. The album peaked at number two in the UK Official album chart.


1. Mr. Rock & Roll
2. This Is The Life
3. Poison Prince
4. Youth Of Today
5. Run
6. Let's Start A Band
7. Barrowland Ballroom
8. L.A.
9. A Wish For Something More
10. Footballer's Wife


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