Amy Macdonald first stormed into the charts in 2007 and now she’s back with her third album ‘Life in a Beautiful Light’ . The new album marks a transitional period for Amy, despite the tracks staying true to her musical style.
Opening track 4th July kick starts the album into gear, with strong vocals and an epic chorus, it’s the type of song that got her recognised in the first place and is sure to please existing fans.
Other standouts include Pride, and The Days of being Young and Free but tracks The Game and Across the Nile are slightly forgettable in comparison to the more dominant and catchy predecessors. This being said Left that Body Long Ago is a slower song which will resonate with listeners for its heartbreaking lyrics and chilling vocals as it speaks about Macdonald losing her grandmother to Alzheimer’s. Title track Life in a Beautiful Light brings the album back to where it should be, with a more upbeat tempo and sound more associated with Macdonald.
All in all ‘Life in a Beautiful Light’ is an album which will please existing fans who have waited for its release, but it might fail to grab the attention of a new audience unless the faster, folkier and more sophisticated tracks grab the airplay which they deserve. Don’t count Macdonald out though, she’s still one to keep an eye out for.