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Curious Thing: Deluxe Edition (2 CD Set) Import

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Deluxe two CD edition features a bonus 14 track live CD. Highly anticipated 2010 sophomore album from the British singer/songwriter. Amy Macdonald's debut album, This Is The Life, made her one of the world's most successful British female artists, The album went to #1 in five countries, including the UK, and has achieved platinum or multi-platinum status in 12 countries and has sold three million copies globally. Curious Thing was recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studios, in Ripley, Surrey, and the man himself features on the album. Universal.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Don't Tell Me That It's Over
  2. Spark
  3. No Roots
  4. Love Love
  5. An Ordinary Life
  6. Give It All Up
  7. My Only One
  8. This Pretty Face
  9. Troubled Soul
  10. Next Big Thing
  11. Your Time Will Come
  12. What Happiness Means To Me

Disc: 2

  1. Poison Prince
  2. The Youth Of Today
  3. LA
  4. Footballer's Wife
  5. Mr Rock & Roll
  6. Mr Brightside
  7. The Road To Home
  8. This Is The Life
  9. Run
  10. Rock N Roll Star
  11. Let's Start A Band
  12. Caladonia
  13. Fairytail Of New York
  14. Barrowland Ballroom


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
  • deluxe_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B00360CY50
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,334 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When I learned that Amy MacDonald was releasing her sophomore CD A Curious Thing this year, I was very eager to hear what she would have to offer. I thoroughly enjoyed her debut This Is The Life, and I wondered what direction her music would take. Listeners hoping for This Is The Life II will probably be disappointed as her sound has changed. This is apparent from the opener "Don't Tell Me That It's Over" as it is produced slickly compared to the more sparse style on This Is The Life. It is electric with energy from the first notes as it carries through the first chorus and yields to a brief stringed accompaniment. There is also the heavily Coldplay influenced piano theme that repeats at different parts of the song. All combined it creates a broad, sweeping sound that was nowhere to be found on This Is The Life. While it is quite different, it is also really cool. The opener sets the tone for the CD as a more mature sound - even on songs that on the surface are similar to This Is The Life lack the degree of feisty attitude. Take "This Pretty Face" for example. It has the same saloon sounding piano that "Barrowland Ballroom" had from her debut, and the theme seems to be more of regret than bravado. Listeners will also find more musical complexity on songs such as "I Got No Roots". It starts out sounding like a ballad lament for the first minute but then it builds over the next 40 seconds into a bouncy pop rocker. This song also contains the line that gives the CD its title "And this life I lead/it's a curious thing". The song that would sound the most at home on This Is The Life is the peppy "Love Love". It is the song that also seems to suffer the most of the repetitive lyrics so common on This Is The Life. A whopping nine lines in the song contain the title phase.Read more ›
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After her fresh and exciting folk-rock debut album portending a bright muscial future to come, this is a real disappointment. It feels like Jim Steinman (of Meatloaf fame) meets Joan Baez -- the album is far over-produced and the vocals are lost in a wall of sound. There are one or two memorable songs here, and the lyrics overall are simplistic; that would be OK if the songs were presented in a straightforward fashion, but the bombastic and overpowering music (with really annoying echo-effects throughout) underscores how trite many of the lyrics really are.

So, I suppose they'll make a lot of money, sell out a lot of stadiums, and maybe Amy 3 will be a little better.
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After slowly then fully falling in love with the first album I was indeed slightly disappointed by their second endeavor. But as with the first after listening to many times Amys vocals become clearer and more defined and the music becomes less muddled and more sophisticated. I am again truly amazed by Amy and her band. Although I am 55 years old I cannot believe this group has not become even more popular than they are, especially in the USA. I truly believe that their talent can easily take them into the realms of the best of the best of Rock and Roll! I haven't loved any group as much since the days of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Yes, Stones and on and on and on..
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Sophomore efforts are often the most difficult recordings any artist will ever put out. Particularly if your debut was a stellar success. Such is the case with the second CD from Amy Macdonald. A Curious Thing is not a bad recording. But if this were in fact her debut, few people would have paid too much attention. Not because it is flawed or otherwise unpleasant. Quite the opposite, it's too listenable. The production is clean and tidy, and sounds pretty much like other pop diva arrangements you'll hear on any given radio. The lyrics sing of 20 something angst, with overly simplistic rhyming laced throughout the 12 tunes. Well, 13 if you could the hidden "Dancing in the Dark" live track.

If A Curious Thing were on in the background, you'd probably tap your feet at points, and think the sound was pleasant enough. But there isn't anything here to pull you in, to make you want to stop and listen. No real stories here, no real emotions, and no new ideas musically or lyrically, either in content or presentation. It's not a curious thing, it's just how it goes when a person tries to follow up an effort that was very close to perfection.

Luckily for us, Amy is a young artist with what I hope will be many more releases for us to enjoy. I for one, look forward to her third effort.
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I couldn't imagine a follow up CD could be just as good or better than "This Is the Life", but "A Curious Thing" is so fantastic. Her debut was great, but I don't know, this may be better. I can't stop listening to it. The sound is basically the same and the lyrics are sincere and shows just how good of a songwriter Amy is. The band deserves a round of applause. The piano player is awesome--especially tracks like "Pretty Face" and "Don't Tell Me That It's Over." It's so wonderful listening to an album that doesn't sound like everything else on the airwaves. She's unique and has her own sound. She is herself. That's why we all buy her music. There is not one bad song on this CD. If you can get your hands on the Switzerland or Finland import, it is well worth the price for the bonus track "Young Lovers." Only Amy MacDonald would give us bonus tracks and B sides that could be the next single. Did I mention this lady is brilliant?!!
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When does the U.S. edition of 'A Curious Thing' come out?
The Reuters interview I found (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61Q0FI20100227) just says there will be a U.S. release "later this year."
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