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A Curious Thing This Orchestrated Stuff
on 7 December 2010
It's been a busy year for Amy Macodonald with the release of A Curious Thing earlier this year and touring almost constantly for the rest of year. Fortunately she found time to travel to Luxembourg to record a set with the German Philharmonic Orchestra and it this that this album celebrates.
This two disc set consists of the original album (A Curious Thing) plus 12 songs from the orchestrated set, replacing the 2007 Barrowland Ballroom concert that was released in the deluxe version back in March this year.
Like the recent setlist for her tour, the second disc contains tracks from both This Is A Life and A Curious Thing, ensuring that there is something for everyone. While some tracks already had string arrangements in the original studio versions, hearing them played by an orchestra makes them take on another life. It makes them a little special to hear.
Everything tells you that this arrangement probably shouldn't work but it does and does beautifully. There is only one draw back for this release and that is that, with a deluxe version having already been released and some may see no point in buying just to get the orchestrated versions. Maybe if it had been a live CD and DVD set, it would have been better and possibly packaged as a separate album, a little like Sting's Symphonicity. Still a good listen for any fan.