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If her debut album is any indication, 20 year-old Amy Macdonald is an old soul, possibly the reincarnation of a Scottish troubadour. Her husky vocals and traditional folk instincts seem from an earlier time, but her song themes are distinctly contemporary. The thrills and seductions of modern-day show business are very much on her mind, and Macdonald brings a precocious wisdom to tunes like “Poison Prince”, “L.A.”, and “Footballer’s Wife”, estimating the price of success with a wary eye. A brooding restlessness pervades these tracks, whether the lyrics deal with grubby everyday existence (the title tune), the aspirations of the rising generation (“Youth of Today”), or yearning for real love (“A Wish for Something More”). Producer Pete Wilkinson does a commendable job in fleshing out the melodies with Spanish horns (“Let’s Start a Band”), rockabilly rhythms (“Barrowland Ballroom”), and string flourishes (“Footballer’s Wife”). Though she simmers rather than burns as a singer, Macdonald rises to passionate heights in “Run.” This is the Life shows impressive artistic maturity even as it captures the urgency of young adulthood.

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I'm only twelve, and you'd think twelve year olds are only into pop and rock, but not all of them. This is real music. Some of the stuff right now is just a load of rubbish and I can't understand why this isn't straight to number one! My dream is to become a singer exactly like her.

The only album to buy this year

Fantastic album from first track to the last. Already Mr Rock & roll is heading my most played list. Heard it so many times already but not tiring one bit of it. Whole album is so uplifting and bouncy. Feel good music for all tastes.


What an Album! Honestly hand on heart this is a must buy. From start to finish this album moves your musical emotions all ways. Top favourite as I write this has got to be Lets Start A Band. Starts off with trumpets and ends in a foot stomping feel good situation of real joy. For me a strong mixture of an older band called the Cranberries and the more modern KT Tunstall, and to top it all SHE'S SCOTTISH!! So go buy and support this bonnie scottish lass!!


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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