This Is the Life (Amy Macdonald album)

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This Is the Life
Studio album by Amy Macdonald
Released 30 July 2007 (UK)
9 May 2008 (Europe)
19 August 2008 (USA)
Genre Soft rock, indie rock, indie folk
Length 44:15
Label Melodramatic, Vertigo
Producer Pete Wilkinson
Amy Macdonald chronology
This is the Life
(2007)
A Curious Thing
(2010)
Singles from This Is the Life
  1. "Poison Prince"
    Released: 7 May 2007
  2. "Mr Rock & Roll"
    Released: 16 July 2007
  3. "L.A."
    Released: 15 October 2007
  4. "This Is the Life"
    Released: 10 December 2007
  5. "Run"
    Released: 3 March 2008
  6. "Poison Prince (Re-Release)"
    Released: 19 May 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
BBC (favourable)[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Insiders' Guides (8/10)[4]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[5]
The Epoch Times (positive)[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
The Independent 4/5 stars[8]
TimesOnline 3/5 stars[9]

This Is the Life is the debut album by Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald, released on 30 July 2007. It was highly successful, reaching the number one in the UK albums chart on 13 January 2008,[10] and as of 14 March 2008, over 600,000 copies have been sold in the UK, certifying it 2× Platinum.[11]

Singles and other tracks[edit]

The first single from the album was "Poison Prince", a limited online release, while the debut first full single was the successful "Mr Rock & Roll" which debuted at #12. The following singles "L.A." and "This Is the Life" were considerably less successful in the UK, although "This Is the Life" is considered her most successful song in the rest of Europe, where it peaked at #1 in the Belgian Top 50 and Dutch Top 40, #3 in the Spanish Top 50, it's also reached #6 on the Norway Top 20 Singles, #2 on the Swiss Top 100 and #8 in the Danish Top 40. It peaked at a disappointing #28 in the UK spending 17 weeks in the UK's Top 75 Singles. After fifth single Run, the sixth release from the album was a re-release of "Poison Prince" on 19 May 2008.[12]

Three songs of the album are cover versions: "Caledonia", originally recorded in 1979 by Dougie MacLean, "Fairytale of New York", first performed in 1987 by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan, and "Mr. Brightside", cover version of a 2004 song by The Killers, written by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

Singles chronology
United Kingdom
Europe
Poland
Canada and U.S.

Chart performances[edit]

The album has spent 57 weeks in the German Top 20 Albums Chart, 36 weeks in the German Top 10 Albums Chart and a total of 100 weeks on the entire chart;[13] it has been certified 9x Gold (February 2011) for over 900,000 copies sold in Germany.[14] It has also spent 57 weeks in the Netherlands album chart and 53 weeks in the Swiss album chart so far.

It has also been certified Gold in Sweden. It has been certified Platinum in France for over 220,000 copies sold.[15] The album was released in the U.S. on 19 August 2008.[16]

Track listings[edit]

All tracks were written by Amy Macdonald except where shown.

Standard edition[edit]

This Is The Life – Standard Edition
No. Title Length
1. "Mr Rock & Roll"   3:35
2. "This Is the Life"   3:05
3. "Poison Prince"   3:28
4. "Youth of Today"   4:00
5. "Run"   3:50
6. "Let's Start a Band"   4:05
7. "Barrowland Ballroom"   3:58
8. "L.A." (written by Amy Macdonald and Pete Wilkinson) 4:06
9. "A Wish for Something More"   3:46
10. "Footballer's Wife"   5:06

Deluxe edition[edit]

After the major success of "This Is the Life" across Europe, in the end of 2008 a deluxe version of the album was released. The 2-disc-set include the standard version of the album and a bonus-CD with several bonus tracks, live and acoustic versions.

Deluxe Edition CD 1
No. Title Length
1. "Mr Rock & Roll"   3:35
2. "This Is the Life"   3:05
3. "Poison Prince"   3:28
4. "Youth of Today"   4:00
5. "Run"   3:50
6. "Let's Start a Band"   4:05
7. "Barrowland Ballroom"   3:58
8. "L.A." (written by Amy Macdonald and Pete Wilkinson) 4:06
9. "A Wish for Something More"   3:46
10. "Footballer's Wife"   5:06


Deluxe Edition CD 2
No. Title Length
1. "This Is the Life" (Acoustic live version) 3:19
2. "This Much Is True"   2:44
3. "Somebody New"   3:29
4. "Footballer's Wife" (Live from Glasgow Barrowlands) 5:02
5. "Fairy Tale Of New York" (Live from Glasgow Barrowlands, originally performed by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl) 5:50
6. "Mr. Brightside" (Live from Glasgow Barrowlands, originally performed by The Killers) 4:05
7. "Mr Rock & Roll" (Live from Glasgow Barrowlands) 3:28
8. "Rock Bottom"   3:46
9. "The Road to Home"   2:21
10. "Caledonia" (hidden track) 2:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Amy Macdonald - vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Pete Wilkinson - Producer/ Manager
  • Seton Daunt - guitar
  • Jolyon Dixon - guitar, mixing
  • Johnny Dyke - keyboards
  • Phillip Read Mason - bagpipes
  • Audrey Riley - cello, conductor
  • Richard George - violin
  • Jonathan Hill - violin
  • Laura Melhuish - violin
  • Susan Dench - viola
  • Joe Fields - engineer
  • Paul Adam & His Mayfair Music - executive producer
  • Guy Katsav - assistant engineer
  • Danton Supple and Bob Clearmountain’- Mixing
  • Valerie Phillips - cover design, photography

Charts and certifications[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[36] 13
German Albums Chart[37] 8
Chart (2009) Position
German Albums Chart[38] 10
Swiss Albums Chart[39] 18

Chart processions and successions[edit]

Preceded by
In Rainbows by Radiohead
UK Albums Chart number-one album
13 January 2008 – 20 January 2008
Succeeded by
Scouting for Girls by Scouting for Girls
Preceded by
Melankolia / XXXCouture by L.O.C.
Danish Albums Chart number-one album
25 April 2008 – 2 May 2008
Succeeded by
Hard Candy by Madonna
Preceded by
Rockferry by Duffy
Tättoo - Best Of Bärndütsch / So Damn Sexy by Gölä
Flavors of Entanglement by Alanis Morissette
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends by Coldplay
Swiss Albums Chart number-one album
27 April 2008 – 4 May 2008 (2 weeks)
8 June 2008 (1 week)
22 June 2008 (1 week)
3 August 2008 (1 week)
Succeeded by
Hard Candy by Madonna
Flavors of Entanglement by Alanis Morissette
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends by Coldplay
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends by Coldplay
Preceded by
Everything You Want by Kane
Dutch Albums Chart number-one album
31 May 2008 – 14 June 2008
Succeeded by
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends by Coldplay

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