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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Sound Of Weegie

Apparently Fran Healy of Travis is partially responsible for inspiring young Amy Macdonald (for she’s only 19) picking up her father guitar and unleashing a precocious talent. (She adds that she’s also influenced by Pete Doherty – which proves that he’s not a complete waste of space – and that youth can be foolish.)

After spending her teens playing a few shows around Glasgow and Edinburgh and receiving a good reaction, Amy sent off some demos, recorded on eight-track in her bedroom. She was quickly picked up by Melodramatic Records, a London based production and management company. Within a few months, she’d secured a publishing deal with Warner Chappell and a record deal with Vertigo, home of Razorlight and The Killers.

In a similar vein to KT Tunstall or Janis Ian (check out ‘Between The Lines’ to see what I mean), Amy’s debut album This Is The Life is brimming with great tunes sung in her rich, bell-clear, gutsy vocal and possessing a compelling rhythmic punch and a choruses that swiftly get stuck in your head. Like those who came before her, Amy’s songs are her vehicle to show how see the world; she doesn’t go in for the easy love-lorn ballads, instead choosing to sing about the vacuous nature of celebrity and the hypocrisy of relationships. At times gauche, and others mature, the album is nonetheless a strong indicator that she is someone to watch.

MP3: Amy Macdonald – This Is The Life (expired)
MP3: Amy Macdonald – Let’s Start A Band (expired)
MP3: Amy Macdonald – Footballer’s Wife (expired)


Blogger xolondon said...

You are back with a vengeance!

Thanks for the Amy Mac intro - I had been hearing murmurs, but not bothered to check into her.

July 19, 2007 12:45 am

Anonymous rg said...

Love these songs. Interested in hearing the rest of the album. Just went to Amazon to purchase it. Not available domestically in the States yet. Only available as an import. Will have to watch or its release. Have gotten some interesting music from your blog in the past. Haven't always been great about thanking you. Will try and be better about that in the future.

July 21, 2007 5:34 am

Blogger The DoorKeeper said...

Likewise - thank you for the intro to Amy MacDonald. Surprised to find these still up, but grateful as I was just told about her tonight, and was wondering ... Now I'm off to listen :~)

August 06, 2007 11:30 pm


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