Life in a Beautiful Light

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Life in a Beautiful Light
Studio album by Amy Macdonald
Released 11 June 2012 (2012-06-11)
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Label Melodramatic, Mercury, Vertigo
Producer Pete Wilkinson
Amy Macdonald chronology
A Curious Thing
(2010)
Life in a Beautiful Light
(2012)
Singles from Life in a Beautiful Light
  1. "Slow It Down"
    Released: 20 April 2012
  2. "Pride"
    Released: 13 August 2012
  3. "4th of July"
    Released: 22 October 2012
Deluxe version cover

Life in a Beautiful Light is the third album by Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald, released on 11 June 2012.[1] The lead single is "Slow It Down" and was released on 20 April 2012. Macdonald's official website confirmed the album for release on 13 April 2012. The track listing was confirmed on Universal Music's store on the same day.[2]

Background[edit]

Macdonald began to write Life in a Beautiful Light after having a "lovely year off" following touring in support of A Curious Thing. Macdonald had no time to write songs on her second album as she was touring with This Is the Life. However, Macdonald said she felt that the creation of Life in a Beautiful Light was a more natural process.[3] Two songs from Life in a Beautiful Light were begun before Macdonald's break. "In the End" was written with Macdonald questioning herself whether being a musician was a worthwhile occupation.[3]

Macdonald wrote "Human Spirit" inspired by the Chilean miners' rescue.[3]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 60/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
Daily Express 3/5 stars[6]
Hot Press 3/5 stars[7]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[9]
The Scotsman 2/5 stars[10]
The Tech 4/5 stars[11]

The album up to now has gathered mixed reviews, earning a collective score of 5.1 out of 10 at AnyDecentMusic?.[12] The Upcoming described the album as a "strong return from Macdonald, interweaving her distinctive voice with splashing cymbals and burbling electronica, but still intermittently flirting with folky affectations".[13] The album received 60/100 on Metacritic, a review aggregator website, signifying "mixed or average reviews".[4]

Chart performance[edit]

On 14 June 2012 Life in a Beautiful Light entered the Irish Albums Chart at number 5, making it her highest charting album in Ireland. On 17 June 2012 the album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 2, making it the second highest charting album that week, only beaten by Gary Barlow's album Sing. Only 1,000 copies separated the top three albums.[14] The album fared better in Scotland, where it debuted at number one.

Singles[edit]

  • "Slow It Down" was released as the lead single from the album on 20 April 2012. The song was a modest hit in Europe, charting at forty-five in the UK, fifty-six in Austria, fifty in Switzerland and forty in Germany.
  • "Pride" was released as the second single from the album on 13 August 2012.
  • "4th of July" was released as the third single from the album on 22 October 2012.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Amy Macdonald

Standard edition[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "4th of July"   3:48
2. "Pride"   3:22
3. "Slow It Down"   3:52
4. "The Furthest Star"   3:29
5. "The Game"   4:24
6. "Across the Nile"   3:19
7. "The Days of Being Young and Free"   4:09
8. "Left That Body Long Ago"   4:49
9. "Life in a Beautiful Light"   4:35
10. "Human Spirit"   2:06
11. "The Green and the Blue"   3:53
12. "In the End / Two Worlds" (hidden track) 8:05

Deluxe edition[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "4th of July"   3:48
2. "Pride"   3:22
3. "Slow It Down"   3:52
4. "The Furthest Star"   3:29
5. "The Game"   4:24
6. "Across the Nile"   3:19
7. "The Days of Being Young and Free"   4:09
8. "Left That Body Long Ago"   4:49
9. "Life in a Beautiful Light"   4:35
10. "Human Spirit"   2:06
11. "The Green and the Blue"   3:53
12. "In the End"   3:52
13. "Slow It Down" (acoustic version) 3:46
14. "The Furthest Star" (acoustic version) 3:07
15. "The Green and the Blue" (acoustic version) 2:50
16. "Across the Nile" (acoustic version; iTunes exclusive) 3:10
17. "4th of July" (acoustic version) 3:03
18. "Slow It Down" (singalong instrumental version) 3:56
19. "4th of July" (singalong instrumental version) 3:48
20. "Pride" (singalong instrumental version) 3:24
21. "Two Worlds" (hidden track) 3:52

Super deluxe box set[edit]

A super deluxe box set was also released that contains:[2]

  • Standard edition of the album
  • Bonus CD: A selection of acoustic versions, and singalong instrumentals
  • DVD-5 acoustic versions live
  • 2 litho artwork numbered prints
  • Sheet music for "Slow It Down"

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Germany (BVMI)[35] Platinum 200,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[36] Gold 10,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[37] Platinum 30,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c Biography — Amy Macdonald
  4. ^ a b Life in a Beautiful Light Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More - Metacritic
  5. ^ Christopher Monger, James. "Life in a Beautiful Light - Amy Macdonald". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Gaga, Simon (8 June 2012). "CD Review - Amy Macdonald, Life In A Beautiful Light". Daily Express. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  7. ^ O. Hare, Colm (29 May 2012). "Life In A Beautiful Light". Hot Press. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  8. ^ John Murphy. "Amy Macdonald - Life In A Beautiful Light". musicOMH. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Davey Boy (12 June 2012). "Amy Macdonald Life In A Beautiful Light". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Fiona Shepherd (11 June 2012). "Album review: Amy MacDonald: Life in a Beautiful Light". The Scotsman. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Dere, Kathryn (11 July 2012). "ALBUM REVIEW: Sunny summer soundtrack". The Tech. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Amy MacDonald - Life in a Beautiful Light". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Album review: Amy Macdonald — Life In A Beautiful Light | The Upcoming
  14. ^ Gary Barlow pips Amy MacDonald and Usher to Number 1 in albums chart race. Official Charts Company
  15. ^ Saturn - Musik-Download
  16. ^ Life In A Beautiful Light by Amy Macdonald on Spotify
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  19. ^ "Charts Belgique Francophone - Amy Macdonald - Life in a Beautiful Light (album)" (in French). Ultratop (Wallonia). Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  20. ^ "Top Stranih - Tjedan 32. 2012." (in Croatian). HDU-Topplista.com. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
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  27. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart - sales for the period 11.06.2012 - 17.06.2012". OLiS. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  28. ^ "Scottish Albums Top 40 - 23rd June 2012". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "Swedish Charts - Amy Macdonald - Life In A Beautiful Light". spanishcharts.com/ Hung Medien. 
  30. ^ "Swedish Charts - Amy Macdonald - Life in a Beautiful Light (album)". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. 
  31. ^ "Swiss Charts - Amy Macdonald - Life in a Beautiful Light (album(" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  32. ^ "Archive Chart". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  33. ^ a b ultratop.be - ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS
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  36. ^ "Polish album certifications – Amy Macdonald – Life in a Beautiful Light" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
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  38. ^ "British album certifications – Amy MacDonald – Life in a Beautiful Light". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 13 August 2012.  Enter Life in a Beautiful Light in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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