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Album Review

The debut album from Scottish singer/songwriter Amy Macdonald, This Is the Life achieved a remarkable feat — it entered the charts at number two. Macdonald admits that the song "Poison Prince," which received a limited release as a single, is based on the life of Babyshambles/Libertines singer Pete Doherty, but the first nationally released single "Mr. Rock & Roll" has nothing whatever to do with him. With a finger on the pulse of news items of 2007, she fills "Footballer's Wife" with observations on WAG (wives and girlfriends) culture, in which female spouses are famous for nothing much more than their celebrity partners, and uses the title track "This Is the Life" to reflect upon the lifestyle she had always envied since the early days of practicing her guitar and honing her songwriting skills. Meanwhile, "Let's Start a Band" is exactly what it looks like: a song about being successful in the fickle career of pop music, a theme that is further developed on the song "Barrowland Ballroom," named after a venue in Glasgow that many an aspiring artist wishes to play. Macdonald captures the feelings of ordinary people in the crowd wishing that something exciting would happen in their lives ("I wish I saw Bowie playing on that stage"). There is a nostalgic feel to the album, which conjures up vocal images of Kirsty MacColl and vintage coffeehouse folk singers, and even the cover art evokes the '70s with its frayed edges and warm, lived-in appearance.

Customer Reviews

Great New talent

Love the album .. upbeat and catchy tunes!!! Highly recommended

This is THE album !!

Thanks to I-Tunes I have been introduced to Amy MacDonald and her fantastic debut album. It reminds me a little of Paolo Nutini, but MacDonald's songs are catchier. Deserves to be right up there in the charts. My highlights are Let's Start a Band (what a finish to the song), and Mr Rock & Roll.

Older than her years - in quality, lyrics, and delivery.

I stumbled upon Amy while waiting in a queue for the cinemas in Manchester, UK, and instantly fell in love with her older-than-her-years lyrics, and her honest, stop-you-in-your-tracks vocals. Inspired by Travis' "The Man Who", and from her roots performing under-age in her local pubs, she seemed destined from the beginning to write the lyrics to "This Is The Life". Her music (as even her lyrics may suggest) would be more than at home on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury - at home with the true artists of music. With apparently no genetic disposition for music, Amy has come full circle to produce this fantastic work of audible art. Choosing a favourite track from this album would be like choosing the favourite of your children, but I'd say "This Is The Life" for nostalgia (the first of her songs I heard), "Poison Prince" for marketability, and "Youth Of Today" for the epitomy of older-than-your-years lyrics. Her next album is more-than eagerly anticipated.


Born: 25 August 1987 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Amy Macdonald is a Scottish singer/songwriter who, at the age of 20, began topping the European charts with her Celtic-tinged folk music. Born on August 25, 1987, she studied social sciences while attending university and, like many teenagers, spent her days dreaming of pilgrimages to music festivals like T in the Park. Inspired by the songwriting skills of Francis Healy and the sweeping pop/rock of Travis, the 12-year-old Macdonald picked up a guitar that had been left lying around the house from...
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