Quality. Scottish rocker Amy Macdonald just makes quality music. After, like, half a song, listening to her dramatic sob of a voice and the sparse, exciting sound of her guitar-based folk rock, you can tell she’s worth your attention.
Put another way, Amy Macdonald represents the best of the Lilith Fair era, when exceptionally talented women were unleashing interesting, exciting music on us like a tidal wave of awesome. Just listen to “Slow It Down,” a track from Macdonald’s latest album Life in a Beautiful Light. It’s just such an anthem! I want to drive too fast on winding, hilly roads, slapping my steering wheel with my hand while I’m singing along. I want to crank the volume and blast that weird effect when she sings “down, down, down” in the chorus.
She’s a little Sinead O’Connor, a little Florence + the Machine. Maybe there’s a sprinkle of Natalie Merchant in there.
And check out the thundering power of “Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over,” from her 2010 album A Curious Thing.
GOD! I have loved this song for years, and I can’t believe it’s taken me until today to write about it. But better late than never, right? I can’t exactly feel bad that I had a great excuse to listen to her music today.
Previously: Rebel Wilson. That hooker is funny.
Mark Blankenship really loved the Lilith Fair era. He tweets as @IAmBlankenship.