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“It has been tough to make ends meet as a musical artist, she admits. “I don’t know how I get by, but I really love my life.” Playing bass is “quietly demanding. … It’s really about feel and about listening,” she says. “I feel that I really understand it now.””

“Amy's breathy vocals are never little-girlish but belie the sexual savvy of a mature woman. No where is this more evident than in the first track, 'Killing', a song that wraps itself around your mind and then stays stuck in your head. She paints vivid canvasses throughout. In 'The Red and the Blue', she writes, "pour my whiskey in a crystal glass, spill my blood with a blue guitar", a song slightly reminiscent of Tom Petty. Yet, each piece has its' own flavour musically. Madden's poetry is not for the faint at heart - she spills her guts with great abandon and lack of remorse.”

““I’m a ‘blue-collar bass player,” she says. “I play real simple, instinctively and with great joy.” Paris, she adds, forced her to sing.”

“Discarded Angels by Amy Madden is not a pop album. It is personal, and heart felt. The lyrics are written like spoken word poetry. Telling a story perhaps not intended to be insightful about the author, but like all good art, glimpses of the creator shine through. Amy has something to say and she lays it out like Lou Reed, or Scott Walker. You may not know what she is talking about, but you get the idea that she clearly means it. She doesn’t dilute her medium with over production. Keeping the canvas simple, she delivers much stronger broad strokes stabbing at her story. This is the type of album that an artist can be proud of, but few people will ever buy. I recommend track #6 “Kathy.””