- guardian.co.uk, Thursday 4 March 2010 23.30 GMT
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- Amy Macdonald
- A Curious Thing
Her debut album was the 10th bestselling release of 2008 in Britain, yet Amy Macdonald is still essentially anonymous outside her native Scotland, a state of affairs that looks set to continue. Like its predecessor, A Curious Thing is loaded with heartfelt, songwriterly tunes that burrow into your consciousness but somehow fail to register on a deeper level. Its primary attributes are Macdonald's rootsy Celtic voice and her intolerance of the famous idiots she has met since making her first album, a subject she witheringly addresses on An Ordinary Life (inspired by guests at a party thrown by a Hollywood actor), This Pretty Face and the rip-roaring, violin-accented Don't Tell Me That It's Over. Elsewhere, the record benefits from a more dynamic approach and a judicious use of strings, which add a kick to otherwise plain guitar, bass and drums. But, as before, it lacks that punch that would make it truly memorable.