A Curious Thing

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Mercury Uk
  • UPC: 602527311401
  • Catalog Number: 2731140
  • Sales rank: 10,575

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Tell Me That It's Over (3:15)
  2. 2 Spark (3:07)
  3. 3 No Roots (4:30)
  4. 4 Love Love (3:17)
  5. 5 An Ordinary Life (3:36)
  6. 6 Give It All Up (2:55)
  7. 7 My Only One (3:32)
  8. 8 This Pretty Face (3:57)
  9. 9 Troubled Soul (4:46)
  10. 10 Next Big Thing (3:30)
  11. 11 Your Time Will Come (4:32)
  12. 12 What Happiness Means To Me (9:22)
  13. 13 [CD-ROM Track]
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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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