Amy Macdonald (2 stars)

King Tut’s, Glasgow, Tue 13 Mar

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This article is from 2007.

ACOUSTIC POP

I thought that if you had an acoustic guitar, a wise man once said, then it meant that you were a protest singer. Quite what he’d make of 19-year-old Amy Macdonald is difficult to predict; her lyrical targets include reality TV, ‘the trouble and strife of the footballer’s wife’ and a song about the youth of today, inspired, she explains, by a conversation she had aged 15 with a man in B&Q. Lordy!

To be fair it’s all delivered in a commanding vocal, a kind of turbo charged Dolores O’Riordan meets Sandi Thom, neither of whom coincidentally are strangers to either the clunky lyric or sound of the cash register. But her musical reference points - a cover of the Killers’ ‘Mr Brightside’ and a nod to Pete Doherty in ‘Poison Prince’ - only confirm suspicions that there’s more to life than records released in the last five years. Much, much more.

This article is from 2007.

Amy MacDonald

Down-to-earth young singer-songwriter from Glasgow performs MOR material from her third album Life in a Beautiful Light.

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Thu 13 Apr 2017

£25 / 01224 647647

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Thu 6 Apr 2017

£22.50–£37.50 / 0844 907 9000

Colston Hall, Bristol

Tue 28 Mar 2017

£22.50–£37.50 / 0117 922 3686

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