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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 and 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 sings on "Footballer's Wife" about WAG (wives and girlfriends) culture, famous for nothing much more than their celebrity partners. The title track, "This Is the Life," reflects the lifestyle she had always wanted to follow since the early days of practicing the guitar and honing her songwriting skills; "Let's Start a Band" is exactly that, 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 in. 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, conjuring up vocal images of Kirsty MacColl, and even the album cover evokes the album art of the '70s, looking like the corners have worn away with age. [A 2007 deluxe version contained bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews


Die Songs gehen direkt ins Ohr. Ich musste "This is the Life" nur bis zum ersten Refrain hören und habe ihn nicht mehr aus dem Kopf gekriegt. Frisch, irgendwie unbekümmert und Amy's Stimme hat hohen Wiedererkennungswert - für mich das beste Album der letzten Monate.

Wunderbares Album

Ein fantstisches Album von Amy MacDonald. Ihre geniale, mitreissende Stimme ist ein richtiger Aufsteller. Sehr empfehlenswert!


Da ist es mit der Musikindustrie wohl doch noch nicht ganz vorbei. Wenn KünstlerInnen wie Amy MacDonald auftauchen, wird man für so manchen entschädigt. Was die junge Frau da abliefert ist schlicht phänomenal. Eingängige, selbständige Musik ( echten Instrumenten!), gute Texte und eine Stimme zum schwärmen. Freue mich jetzt schon auf das Nachfolgealbum...


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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