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Highly anticipated 2010 sophomore album from the British singer/songwriter. Amy Macdonald's debut album, This Is The Life, made her one of the world's most successful British female artists, The album went to #1 in five countries, including the UK, and has achieved platinum or multi-platinum status in 12 countries and has sold three million copies globally. Curious Thing was recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studios, in Ripley, Surrey, and the man himself features on the album. Universal.
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Self-taught and inspired by the band Travis she's now back with an energetic album that will please her fans both here and in Europe, where she's even bigger.
Paul Weller lends a hand, in his own studio, where this album was recorded.
The first single "Don't Tell Me That It's Over" sets a furious pace with guitars and drums that frame her strong, Irish/Celtic-sounding voice.
The Scottish songstress has a clear, vibrant, pure voice, that evoke comparisons with singers such as Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries and, at times, Sinead O'Connor and writes straightforward, elegant, pleasantly stirring songs with flowing melodies and heartfelt lyrics.
The inclusion of string arrangements, meanwhile, lend it a cinematic sweep, and underline the newfound confidence in her songwriting.
Once again she proves herself to be something special, a talent that is bold, refreshing, and will leave you wanting more and more. If it's not her relatable lyrics or the catchy acoustics that accompany them that have you hooked, her voice is something that is simply undeniable.
The rest of the album follows suit with songs that stand up on their own, even without Amy's obvious talent as a singer.
Whether she rocks out with her band or holds her own with nothing more than her voice and a guitar, she shows poise and musicianship, and she is only 22-years old.Read more ›
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I've hinted at this some already, but I think that the more significant change on A Curious Thing is the perspective that MacDonald seems to have gained. I would expect that the experience of success and touring has matured her in ways beyond the roughly two and half years between recordings. On "Ordinary Life" I can't help but think of other artists (such as Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Counting Crows Adam Duritz) who have found fame to be more than they bargained for - "I don't care about the spotlights/I don't care about the nights/All I wanted was an ordinary life." Other songs show a depth in both lyrics and instrumentation. I can't help but get a strong sense of loss listening to "My Only One". The string arrangements that serve as the primary backdrop create a bittersweet sadness that really supports the lyrics. Similarly "Troubled Soul" seems to be an earnest message to someone she knows who is hurting.
The one low spot on the CD for me is the ill-advised inclusion of the hidden track - a live recording of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark". Covering The Boss is risky business, and for MacDonald it doesn't pay off.
Overall, though, A Curious Thing is a very strong effort from Amy MacDonald. I was quite pleased with both the maturation of instrumentation and lyrical content. Some may find the changes too much, and I would encourage anyone in doubt to take advantage of online options for listening to full songs before buying. However, if you are open to change, I think you will be pleased with A Curious Thing.
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So, I suppose they'll make a lot of money, sell out a lot of stadiums, and maybe Amy 3 will be a little better.
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.