Curious Thing

Curious Thing

by Amy MacDonald
     
 

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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.See more details below

Overview

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2010
Label:
Mercury Uk
UPC:
0602527311401
catalogNumber:
2731140
Rank:
43814

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy MacDonald   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Susan Dench   Viola
Joe Fields   Background Vocals
Paul Weller   Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar
Leo Payne   Violin
Audrey Riley   Cello
Peter Lale   Viola
Charles Rees   Percussion,Background Vocals
Seton Daunt   Electric Guitar
Laura Melhuish   Violin
Jonathan Hill   Violin
Jolyon Dixon   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Sarah Erasmus   Background Vocals
Jamie Sefton   Bass
Chris Tumbling   Violin
Adam Falkner   Drums
Ann Lines   Cello
Jimmy Sims   Bass,Hammond Organ
Pete Wilkinson   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Eileen Mueller   Shaker
Stuart Marchant   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Hi String Guitar (Acoustic)
Charles Ree   Percussion

Technical Credits

Joe Fields   Engineer,Additional Production
Audrey Riley   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Charles Rees   Studio Manager
Amy MacDonald   Composer
Mo Hausler   Pro-Tools
Pete Wilkinson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Paul Adam   Executive Producer
Tim Young   Mastering

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