Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Celtic Corner: Amy MacDonald

Amy MacDonald is an amazing singer/songwriter pop musician from Scotland. She had a sassy teen spirit in her first album and some critical tunes of celebrity and politicians who don't listen to the young people's voices because they think we don't know what we're talking about. There wasn't a song on This is the Life that I wasn't in love with. The new album A Curious Thing, just released March 8, is more mature but not as catchy but still incredibly catchy, so that says something about the debut album. I still love every single song. MacDonald's voice is Delores O'Riordan meets deep-voiced Kathryn Roberts meets Natalie Merchant. Songs range in subject from heartbreak to finding your place and another song about celebrity. Highlights include "Don't Tell Me It's Over," a song about just trying to discover and understand the world while some people try to preach the world's end and destruction, the celebrity-ego-critical "An Ordinary Life," a song about skin-deep beauty only going so far "This Pretty Face," and the moving devotional "What Happiness Means to Me."

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