Jun 242010

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If you’re reading this in Europe, I probably don’t need to tell you about Amy MacDonald. Her debut album This Is the Life sold three million copies, hitting number one on the European charts. Stateside though it couldn’t even manage 50,000 and peaked at #92. The Scottish songwriter with the gorgeous lilt can’t quite seem to break in America. Come on people; you accepted Susan Boyle!

Released in March, A Curious Thing is getting a similar reception. Perhaps if people knew about the hidden bonus track things would be different. After all, there’s no singer more American than Bruce Springsteen (ok, maybe Kid Rock). Maybe people haven’t yet recovered from his Born in the U.S.A.-era media explosion. Still, MacDonald’s cover of “Dancing in the Dark” overcomes the stigma even of that awful Courtney Cox video. It’s a live take, just her and an acoustic guitar. As with much of her work, the voice makes it.

Download: Amy MacDonald – Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover)

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  10 Responses to “Song of the Day: Amy MacDonald, “Dancing in the Dark””

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  1. i love this :) thanks!

  2. NICE! And I totally agree with you about Susan Boyle…

  3. Thanks for turning me onto this; more than a little Joan Armatradiing there. Heading over to iTunes…

  4. Wow, that’s an incredible version

  5. FYI: ‘A Curious Thing’ is not in iTunes and seems to only be available as an import from Amazon. Makes me sad. I did buy the earlier album though, good stuff!

  6. Thought you might like to know the deluxe 2 CD edition on Amy’s store includes the live recordings from the barrowlands ballroom show http://bit.ly/cDxxt6

  7. oh thanks, i’ve never really liked the original but this is fantastic

  8. came across this site via stumble…and just played Amy MacDonald doing the boss’s ‘dancing in the dark’ ..very very excellent !!
    thanks I will bookmark this site now, and pass the message on ..

  9. Did Bruce heard already her version of his song? Yesterday I heard an orchestral live version of her & man this really makes me cry. There’s so much folk-Soul, it’s impossible to put more in this song. It isn’t easy to make a cover which is different but even as good as the original, but she did it.

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