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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  1. […] Yesterday evening while looking for a bit of inspiration, I stopped by one of my favorite non-movie blogs Cover Me: a site dedicated to the art of the cover song. Last night I got a smile as I listened to an evocative arrangement of one of my least favorite Springsteen songs. […]

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