Album Review: 'Under The Stars' by Amy MacDonald

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Scottish singer-songwriter Amy MacDonald first entered the music scene ten years ago, with her debut album ‘This is the Life’ and has since released a further three albums including her latest release ‘Under The Stars’. The new album features lead singles ‘Dream On’ and ‘Down By The Water’ both of which are available on Spotify and iTunes. Amy MacDonald is also set to perform at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen on April 13th.

 

Filled with songs to sing in the shower such as ‘Automatic’ and lead single ‘Dream On’ the album is comprised of a mixture of somber yet somewhat exciting tunes that remind listeners of her first album titled ‘This is The Life’. But not only is this album filled with songs to sing in the shower but also songs that are relatable to listeners; ‘The Contender is a prime example of this. The song tells a story that no matter how many people try to push you aside or tell you that you're not good enough you need to fight it and you need to give it your all. Although, not all songs are happy, such as ‘Down By The Water’ which tells the story of lost love that might not all be lost and ‘I'm On Fire’ which talks about a love that consumes you.

 

The album certainly resonates with many as it is filled with songs about hope. That is clearly the underlying theme of the album. Many songs follow the theme of not giving up such as ‘Never Too Late’ and ‘The Rise and Fall’. Amy MacDonald is a songwriter who likes to give her songs a story and a meaning that relates with thousands and really means something to them which makes her one of the best songwriters of her generation. After a 5-year long hiatus, Amy MacDonald has come back with a bang and hopefully we will be able to experience more songs alike ones from her first album all over again but this time with a little more maturity.

 

‘Under The Stars’ is available now and is certainly recommended if assignments are getting a bit too much and you're needing a pick-me-up.      

 

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