Life in a Beautiful Light [Deluxe Version]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 clich├ęs, 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: 7/10/2012
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602537041374
  • Catalog Number: 3704137
  • Sales rank: 14,851

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 4th of July (3:48)
  2. 2 Pride (3:22)
  3. 3 Slow It Down (3:53)
  4. 4 The Furthest Star (3:29)
  5. 5 The Game (4:24)
  6. 6 Across the Nile (3:19)
  7. 7 The Days of Being Young and Free (4:09)
  8. 8 Left That Body Long Ago (4:49)
  9. 9 Life In a Beautiful Light (4:35)
  10. 10 Human Spirit (2:07)
  11. 11 The Green and the Blue (3:53)
  12. 12 In the End (8:05)
  13. 13 Slow it Down (3:46)
  14. 14 The Furthest Star (3:06)
  15. 15 The Green and the Blue (2:49)
  16. 16 Across the Nile (3:10)
  17. 17 4th of July (3:02)
  18. 18 Slow it Down (3:56)
  19. 19 4th of July (3:48)
  20. 20 Pride (8:03)
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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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