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Amy Macdonald Displays ‘Unusual Ability’ With Regard to Boy Toys at Show

Earlier this month in London.Photo: Getty Images


If you didn’t know how to define Amy Macdonald before her show last night at the Living Room, the Scottish singer-songwriter — whose album, forthcoming here, has gone platinum pretty much everywhere else — offered a convenient shorthand. “What did they call us?” Macdonald asked her litter of floppy boy musicians, referring to the phrase Immigration inscribed on the band’s visas. “Oh yes: aliens with an unusual ability.” Less succinctly put, Macdonald is a sort of country version of Alanis Morissette. At the show she played a fierce acoustic guitar, sang in an admirably throaty voice, and projected a happy, intense presence, but her unusual ability might have turned out to be the knack for gathering a stage full of handsome, brunet lads. Even her guitar tech bore a passing resemblance to Jake Gyllenhaal — the man that Macdonald once declared “the most beautiful thing that’s ever been created.” Was she pandering to Americans? Last night she hardly seemed the type. —Emma Pearse

Amy Macdonald Displays ‘Unusual Ability’ With Regard to Boy Toys at Show