Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
This Is the Life CD 11 Vertigo (British rock label) 173 212-4 602517321243
This Is the Life CD 10 Melodramatic Records, Vertigo (British rock label) 174 370-3 602517437036
This Is the Life CD 12
This Is the Life (E Album) Digital Media 11 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 602517413641
This Is the Life (eDeluxe) Digital Media 14 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 602517434905
This Is the Life Digital Media 10 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 602517437036
This Is the Life CD 10 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) UNI-0602517-43703 602517437036
This Is the Life CD 15 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) UICR-1073 4988005496997
This Is the Life CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 1778025 0602517780255
This Is the Life CD 10 Melodramatic Records B0011335-02 602517692305
This Is the Life Digital Media 12 Decca Records, Mercury Records (Universal Music Group)
This Is the Life CD 15 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 178 234-4 602517823440
This Is the Life (deluxe edition) 2×CD 10 + 9 Vertigo (British rock label) 178 945-5 602517894556
This Is the Life (special edition) 2×Digital Media 10 + 9 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 602517894556
This Is the Life (deluxe edition) 2×Digital Media 10 + 10 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 602517903739
This Is the Life (Exclusive Amazon MP3 Version) Digital Media 11 Melodramatic Records

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Run
This Is the Life
included in: This Is the Life + A Curious Thing
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000789220 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/100990 [info]
Wikidata: Q698147 [info]
Wikipedia: en: This Is the Life (Amy Macdonald album) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Amy_Macdonald:This_Is_The_Life_(2007) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/amy_macdonald/this_is_the_life/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/bnw6 [info]

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Singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Amy Macdonald may still be a teenager but it's hard to believe her music will ever appeal to her peers. Like Joss Stone, Macdonald has an old voice on her young shoulders. That's not to say you should dismiss This Is The Life if you're under 40, but you will need a more mature ear to relate to Amy's folk-styled storytelling, grown-up vocal and country-influenced guitar.

The young Glaswegian may be currently heralded as 'the new Katie Melua' but there's something more Cranberries-esque to her warbling. This is highlighted on her debut LP's first track, "Mr Rock & Roll"- a radio-friendly, sing-a-long jig, full of Celtic campfire nostalgia. Moving on to the album title track, lyrically Macdonald comes across like a wise 39-year-old as opposed to a naive 19-year-old, leading you to question the authenticity of her delivery. In other words, the words and tone feel somewhat forced.

Gripes aside, there are some gleaming gems to be discovered on this 11-tracker. "Let's Start A Band" hears a Mexican cowboy intro makes way for Amy to unleash her emotive tones and brilliant lyrics: 'Give me a stage and I'll be your rock 'n roll Queen/ Your 20th Century cover of a magazine/ Rolling Stone, here I come/ Watch out everyone…'.

Further notables include the upbeat, brass-heavy roller, "Barrowland Ballroom" and the melodic "A Wish For Something More"- which allows Macdonald to work her vocal to its full range while highlighting her razor-sharp guitar wizardry. The star of the show though has to be down-tempo number "Footballer's Wife" on which Amy mocks today's tabloid-fuelled society.