Sophomore efforts are often the most difficult recordings any artist will ever put out. Particularly if your debut was a stellar success. Such is the case with the second CD from Amy Macdonald. A Curious Thing is not a bad recording. But if this were in fact her debut, few people would have paid too much attention. Not because it is flawed or otherwise unpleasant. Quite the opposite, it's too listenable. The production is clean and tidy, and sounds pretty much like other pop diva arrangements you'll hear on any given radio. The lyrics sing of 20 something angst, with overly simplistic rhyming laced throughout the 12 tunes. Well, 13 if you could the hidden "Dancing in the Dark" live track.
If A Curious Thing were on in the background, you'd probably tap your feet at points, and think the sound was pleasant enough. But there isn't anything here to pull you in, to make you want to stop and listen. No real stories here, no real emotions, and no new ideas musically or lyrically, either in content or presentation. It's not a curious thing, it's just how it goes when a person tries to follow up an effort that was very close to perfection.
Luckily for us, Amy is a young artist with what I hope will be many more releases for us to enjoy. I for one, look forward to her third effort.