Life in a Beautiful Light [Deluxe Version]

Life in a Beautiful Light [Deluxe Version]

by Amy MacDonald
     
 

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Life in a Beautiful Light, the third studio outing from Amy MacDonald, finds the Scottish singer/songwriter applying her refreshingly unhindered brogue to a heartfelt, 12-song set that blends the stadium-baiting wail of fellow countrymen Broken Records and Frightened Rabbit with the safe, middleSee more details below

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Life in a Beautiful Light, the third studio outing from Amy MacDonald, finds the Scottish singer/songwriter applying her refreshingly unhindered brogue to a heartfelt, 12-song set that blends the stadium-baiting wail of fellow countrymen Broken Records and Frightened Rabbit with the safe, middle of the road, adult alternative pop of James Blunt and Brandi Carlile. Things get off to a grand start with the spirited "4th of July," an open-road-ready, horn-laden, four-chord love letter to a weekend fling that's equal parts Springsteen and Tunstall, with a little bit of the Proclaimers tossed in for good measure. Elsewhere, "Slow It Down," Life in a Beautiful Light's first tick in the vocal affectation department, and the U2-cribbed "Across the Nile," a political war cry concerning the Arab Spring uprising, are certainly rousing, but feel a bit calculated. In fact, outside of the aforementioned opener and the lush, string-heavy title cut, it all feels a little bit calculated. MacDonald is so beholden to lyrical and melodic clichés, that it can sometimes feel like she's using a template. She's got talent to spare, but at its essence, Life in a Beautiful Light is the sound of an artist looking for her own voice amidst the deafening roar of her influences. [Life in a Beautiful Light was also released in a Deluxe Edition which added five acoustic versions of songs from the album, plus three instrumentals (dubbed "singalong versions")].

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2012
Label:
Universal Import
UPC:
0602537041374
catalogNumber:
3704137

Tracks

  1. 4th of July  - Amy MacDonald
  2. Pride  - Amy MacDonald
  3. Slow It Down  - Amy MacDonald
  4. The Furthest Star  - Amy MacDonald
  5. The Game  - Amy MacDonald
  6. Across the Nile  - Amy MacDonald
  7. The Days of Being Young and Free  - Amy MacDonald
  8. Left That Body Long Ago  - Amy MacDonald
  9. Life In a Beautiful Light  - Amy MacDonald
  10. Human Spirit  - Amy MacDonald
  11. The Green and the Blue  - Amy MacDonald
  12. In the End  - Amy MacDonald
  13. Slow it Down  - Amy MacDonald
  14. The Furthest Star  - Amy MacDonald
  15. The Green and the Blue  - Amy MacDonald
  16. Across the Nile  - Amy MacDonald
  17. 4th of July  - Amy MacDonald
  18. Slow it Down  - Amy MacDonald
  19. 4th of July  - Amy MacDonald
  20. Pride  - Amy MacDonald

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy MacDonald   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Susan Dench   Viola
Joe Fields   Electric Guitar
Leo Payne   Violin
Audrey Riley   Cello,Conductor
Steve Cradock   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Peter Lale   Viola
Stuart Ross   Bass,Drums
Micaela Haslam   Vocals
Tim Hutton   Trumpet
Seton Daunt   Electric Guitar
Phillip Conway Brown   Vocals
Amanda Morrison   Vocals
Laura Melhuish   Violin
Shannon Harris   Percussion,Piano,Harmonium,Hand Clapping
Simon Hayes   Hand Clapping
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Gerard O'Beirne   Vocals
Ann Lines   Cello
Pete Wilkinson   Piano
Greg Warren Wilson   Violin
Manon Grandjean   Hand Clapping
Steve Cracknall   Trumpet
Sam Embery   Drums
Mark Kulke   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dan Britten   Hand Clapping
Claire Underwood   Vocals
Ben Lyonsmyth   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Fields   Engineer
Audrey Riley   String Score,Vocal Conductor
Geoff Pesche   Mastering
Simon Hayes   Pro-Tools
Amy MacDonald   Composer
Pulad Ama   Advisor
Pete Wilkinson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Paul Adam   Executive Producer

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