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SCOTT MacDONALD —START LIVING THE LIFE YOU WANT (Self-Released)

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Scottish singer-songwriter, Scott MacDonald has performed on the music circuit for many years, during which time he has played such prime festivals as Celtic Connections, T in The Park and Belladrum. Drawing on such long-time influences as Neil Young, John Martyn, Dougie McLean, Xavier Rudd and Mike Scott (among others) he is greatly into songwriting, creating pretty melodies to go with finely crafted lyrics. 

MacDonald’s unhurried style ensures the listener, no matter what his day has thrown at him will soon ease back, and distance themselves from any trouble listening to MacDonald. His music is pretty low key. He is the kind of artist you become to appreciate, and enjoy the more you hear. You could call him a true artist, a real craftsmen when it comes to songwriting. In the likes of “Written In Stone” he provides a high, one too high benchmark most others only dream of MacDonald (to underline his worth). 

Frank Gibbon who produced MacDonald’s last album, Angels Around Us is once again involved, but this time as the only other musician, playing bass on three tracks. 

Other tracks of note as he picks on everyday emotions, fears include the likes of "Thinking About You" and with pleasing acoustic guitar, dobro and harmonica as he loosens up there's the rattling good “The Day We Came For You”. Bright ‘n breezy MacDonald gives the record a needed change in tempo. It continues on the following track as hints of a chugging Sun Records rockabilly beat accompanies the finely worked “Turned His Life Around”. “Nowt Weirder Than Folk” contains a bit of a 1960s folk troubadour edge as he takes a trip back into the past. Its okay, but for some reason his vocals aren’t too convincing. But he does get to strike back with wistful closing track, “Lucky Days”      

Given additional instrumentation some of his lesser songs I feel would have earned a greater impact, otherwise all is well in the Scottish Highlands and all other regions frequented by the creative, articulate singer-songwriter. 

Maurice Hope      

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