CD This Is the Life [Bonus Track] (CD 1150525), Audio Other
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This Is the Life [Bonus Track]

  • 1. Mr Rock & Roll
    2. This Is the Life
    3. Poison Prince
    4. Youth of Today
    5. Run
    6. Let's Start a Band
    7. Barrowland Ballroom
    8. L.A.
    9. Wish for Something More, A
    10. Footballer's Wife
    11. Road to Home, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1732124

  • Credits
    ProducerJoe Fields
    EngineerJoe Fields

    Personnel: Amy MacDonald (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Seton Daunt, Jolyon Dixon (electric guitar); Laura Melhuish, Richard George, Jonathan Hill (violin); Susan Dench (viola); Audrey Riley (cello).
    Audio Mixers: Danton Supple; Bob Clearmountain.
    Recording information: Brooklands Road Studio, London, England; Soho Recording Studios, London, England.
    Photographer: Valerie Phillips.
    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 edition included a bonus track, "The Road to Home."] ~ Sharon Mawer

  • Critic Reviews
    Blender (Magazine) (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "If her message echoes the mid-'60s battle cries of Bob Dylan and the Who, her tunes, which exclude no one, are almost as light and catchy as ABBA's greatest hits."
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