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Amy MacDonald
This Is the Life



(Decca)
Release Date: 8/19/2008

Impudent Scot, already a big star in the U.K., declares war on her elders
Reviewed by Stephen Holden
The gleeful arrogance of youth is embedded in every cheerfully defiant groove of 21-year-old Amy Macdonald’s debut. The merry-go-round lilt in her jingle-jangle Europop marches softens lyrics that dismiss everyone over a certain age, including rock legends, as not worthy of attention. She spies “the lies behind his eyes” of the “poetic genius” in “Poison Prince,” an arrogant pop superstar who puts the moves on her. Poetry doesn’t interest her: “What we all want and what we all crave/Is an upbeat song, so we can dance the night away,” she declares. “This Is the Life” and “Mr. Rock ’n’ Roll” further debunk the mystique of hard-living rock bohemianism. And “Youth of Today” sums up her attitude as she chides pundits, “You don’t know a single thing about the youth of today.” If her message echoes the mid-’60s battle cries of Bob Dylan and the Who, her tunes, which exclude no one, are almost as light and catchy as ABBA’s greatest hits.

Download “Run,” “Youth of Today,” “Mr. Rock ’n’ Roll”











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