March 8, 2010
Amy Macdonald burst on the scene pretty clearly with her previous album. Several hit singles and good media coverage propelled her to become a star all over the world. But with this next release she will have to confirm her status. “A Curious Thing” however, doesn’t really confirm that for me. It’s a little more articulate than her previous album, but in essence it’s still a very safe and mainstream approach. The only thing that really stands out is Macdonald’s vocals. The gravely, mature vocals give the songs more character and I would argue it actually makes the songs better.
You can’t say there’s anything wrong with Macdonald’s music or with her album. But that’s just it. It doesn’t stand out. Where similar artists like KT Tunstall or Paolo Nutini do something exciting, take the music in a different direction and don’t necessarily care about cut-for-consumption…