CD A Curious Thing [Amy MacDonald] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 6290820),
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A Curious Thing [Amy MacDonald] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Don't Tell Me That It's Over
    2. Spark
    3. No Roots
    4. Love Love
    5. Ordinary Life, An
    6. Give It All Up
    7. My Only One
    8. This Pretty Face
    9. Troubled Soul
    10. Next Big Thing
    11. Your Time Will Come
    12. What Happiness Means to Me
    13. [CD-ROM Track]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2731140

  • Credits
    ProducerPete Wilkinson
    EngineerJoe Fields

    Audio Mixer: Danton Supple.
    Editor: Mo Hausler.
    Photographers: Barnaby J. Watson ; Nicky Emmerson.
    Arranger: Pete Wilkinson .
    Amy MacDonald herself is a curious thing, an adult alternative singer/songwriter operating in a netherworld between indie and the mainstream. Naturally, she edges toward the mainstream -- the polished production has a way of sanding down any edges -- but her throaty growl gives this a heart unruly enough to prevent A Curious Thing from flowing too easily. Subtract MacDonald's passionate vocals from the equation and A Curious Thing flows plenty easily, its surfaces gleaming with precision and its melodies sweetly lilting whether it's a ballad or an understated folk stomp. If the production is the clearest signal that MacDonald is gunning for a larger crossover audience with her second album, her songs also show some signs of a swift sophomore sequel -- she writes about her brushes with fame just a bit too often and bluntly, an affectation that doesn't wear well no matter how well-executed the music is. These acknowledgments of MacDonald's burgeoning European fame hinder A Curious Thing but don't detract from its essential appeal as soft and shiny AAA pop with a bit of a thumping heart. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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