Single Review: Amy MacDonald – ‘This Pretty Face’

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘wisdom’? I’ll tell you what I think of: I see in my minds eye and old Chinese man with a long white beard wearing a tall hat and meditating on a rock with a cup of herbal tea to one side and a bowl of noodles to the other. And to make it even weirder, this man has Yoda’s head and he’s knitting and purple scarf.

Some say I have a vivid imagination… I don’t see it particularly.

I’m not going to lie; I get jealous easily, because the only thing I’ve ever been remotely good at is writing, and who reads these days? Everyone’s using social websites and typing with abbreviated, colloquial terms like “wubu2” or “buzzin”. And to be honest, writing is hardly a babe magnet and a lot of other teenagers are out playing sport or showing off their skills whereas I’m sat inside writing most of the time, only ever leaving the house for my friends, whom I cherish very muchly. So I guess you could say outside of my close-knit friend community, I’d be a bit of a ‘geek’, for lack of a better, less-Americanised term.

So when I was in primary school, I was very much the smartest person in the class, again, I won’t lie because I was a super ‘geek’, back then. I’d be the first person to put their hand up to answer a question; I’d be the one who sat on his own for play-time; I’d be the one who eagerly waited by the teacher’s desk waiting to find out what was homework that night. I KNOW right? Quite the geek. But when you moved to secondary school, they sort you into sets according to mental ability, and I found myself in a group of people who were actually a LOT smarter than me. Me being me, I sort of gave up being a snob and swapped grades for a social life, which is probably why I felt very dumb compared to the rest of my classes by the end of Yr 11.

But the point is, I got very frustrated at how inferior I felt once again; the only thing I had to stand on was my noggin but then everyone was the same. Snorefest.

Where is this going? Well, clearly Amy is one of those types who has a bit more than just cotton wool upstairs, like myself and the rest of my secondary school classes. But unlike myself and my secondary school classes, she’s got the wisdom of that old Chinese knitter too.

It’s slightly worrying to see how clued in on today’s corrupt society Amy is: at only 15, writing songs like ‘Poison Prince’ and ‘This Is The Life’ was astounding to see and hear from such a young mind. Her videos are also very good, with the one for ‘This Pretty Face’ being quite tongue ‘n’ cheek yet managing to remain fairly reserved at the same time.

I consider myself jealous of Amy, with her down-to-earth, ‘fame will never go to my head’ attitude and her ability to write a song that addresses important issues in society.

‘This Pretty Face’ trundles along at a calming pace and lampoons flash-in-the-pan celebrities and those who don’t deserve the fame they have – “You never know who you’ll meet on your way to the top/You’ll probably see them again when you’re fame starts to drop/Down, down/I’ll meet you on the ground”. Which shows that whatever you do, Amy’s not phased; she’s likes a life “on the ground”. Unfortunately, a life “on the ground” probably isn’t the best thing to want if you’re going to be a pop star.

In terms of musicality, the songs is very weak when compared to her other riff-ridden musical endeavours like ‘Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over’ and ‘Spark’, her last two singles which horribly unachieved thanks to little radio airplay. Despite how charming this song is, I fail to see how it’s more commercial than her last two releases which provided much more of a memorable punch.

As a song, it works very well, combining influences of country with pop, Taylor Swift style, but with lyrics that show she’s got more important things than teenaged romances on her mind. However, as a single, I can’t see it making much of an impact on the Top 40.

Rating: 3.0 STARS

Download: July 26, 2010 (OUT NOW)

Featured Album: ‘A Curious Thing’

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