Scottish chart-topper, Amy Macdonald, is on the eve of releasing a best-of album. Only recently turned 31, this folk-rocker has achieved record sales of over 13 million, and appears to be going from strength to strength. I sat down with the songstress to find out if this is the end, or if compilation album Woman Of The World: The Best Of 2007-2018 is simply the closing of a chapter.
“It feels a bit weird,” Amy says. “When I think of ‘best of albums’, I usually think of people like Madonna and Abba!” We’re sat in a room on the 9th floor of the Langham Hotel, the swankiest of historic hotels in Central London — just the fact she’s doing interviews in such opulent surroundings gives you an idea of how well her career has gone so far. “Which is why I’m calling it a ‘collection’ album. I think sometimes it’s important to take a step back in this industry and appreciate everything you’ve done. Listening back to it all, I just feel so proud of myself.”
Deservedly so, and she can also be proud of the collective sigh of relief from her hundreds of thousands of fans, who will be delighted by the confirmation that this album isn’t her swansong. When I press on her how amazing it is for her to be in a position to put out a compilation album, she replies modestly:
“I feel like a phoney! I’ve never seen myself as a ‘best of’ artist. Sometimes people feel uncomfortable talking about what they’ve achieved, and I’m definitely one of them — so this has made me confront that, for sure.”
The song does contain two newer tracks, however, one of which being the title track, Woman Of The World — I ask why Amy was keen to place emphasis on this particular song.
“I think being a woman in this industry does make everything more difficult,” she says. “I always felt I was being judged a lot harsher than a male counterpart would be. When you’re a female, it’s about how you look, what you’re wearing, about your hair and what you weigh. It’s a song that’s about getting rid of all that crap, and focusing on the music.”