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Her debut, "Frank", was sometimes stodgy and definitely over praised, but no praise is too high for this unashamedly retro, but beautifully observed and realised take on classic girl group pop and Motown soul.
The 11 songs all sound like great lost classics from the 60s, snappily written with a mix of bitterly caustic lyrics and finger popping tunes, then delivered in a voice that alternates sexy smouldering with dismissive contempt.
She started last year amid criticism from all corners over her dramatic weight loss and ended it heralded as the new queen of UK cool; with hair messier than a sleepover with Pete Doherty, a mouth like a drunken fish wife and an album swelling with the kind of lump-in-throat emotional soul last heard sometime in the late 70s, somewhere in Detroit
Hence it was somewhat of a surprise when it reared its sultry head again in 2006. With near genius production from hip pop mainstay Mark Ronson (who also had a finger in the tasty pie that was Lily Allen's debut), stomping, romping punk-rock-jazz was the order of the day as Ms Winehouse showed everyone what being a real lady is all about.
" Back To Black" is a masterstroke of contemporary Jazz-crossover material, all delivered with supreme style. Her razor-sharp singing is a major highlight, however, this album is all about truly brilliant songs, all written by Winehouse herself, with some collaborations.
Using Robbie Williams' and lily Allen's studio wizard Mark Ronson, Amy is going into a totally different stratosphere with this one, leaving Katie Melua and Norah Jones in her wake.
Amy said, "I didn't want to play that jazz thing up too much again. I was bored of complicated chord structures and needed something more direct". That said, Jazz is very much a prime element, though this time.
Jam-packed with superb songs and impressive production, she's breaking new ground, though the past plays a big part. Delving, in places, into Tamla Motown and The Specials' musical ideas ("You Know I'm No Good"), she's proved to be a top class songwriter.
"Rehab" is an out and out classic, with many shades of Motown with modern twists. "Me And Mr.Jones" is textbook 60s swing, which other singers like Christina Aguilera are adopting. There's no question where the title track came from - right out of the Motown school of classic pop - you could just see the Funk Brothers doing their inimitable thing on this - brilliant.Read more ›
The music poures out of her, a stream of weathered, seasoned phrases, seemingly without effort, and mercifully without any of the ululating and over-emoting that blights so many performances in the soul-jazz field in which Winehouse operates.
For her, what matters is the quality of the notes, not the quantity.
Amy Winehouse is, of course, almost as famous for her behaviour as for her music; tabloid newspapers in recent months have been peppered with the striking visage of this north London Jewish girl, accompanying lurid reports of her latest night on the razz. But here, on this fantastic set, she'd done so in moderation, because she seemed focused and together.
"Back to Black", is a more soulful and stripped-down collection than her jazzier debut, "Frank". The influence of girl groups from the 1950s and early '60s is plain: plinky keyboards, parpy brass, trebly guitar.
Some excellent background vocals provide weight and depth, while she and her band do a brilliant job of recreating the big soulful sound conjured up in the studio by producer Mark Ronson.
In songs such as "Me & Mr Jones", "Back to Black", "Love is a Losing Game" and "Rehab", we may hear the sound of Phil Spector, of Muscle Shoals, of the Shirelles and the Supremes.
But this is no mere retro soul show: these are not pastiches, but real emotional journeys from a woman with real emotional experiences.
She is a standout talent with a nice line in bitchy put-downs and a wondrous voice reminiscent of Dinah Washington.
Even so, her second album has surpassed all expectations.
This is the best British soul album in absolutely ages, a complete package of lovingly recreated Motown/60s girl group sounds, caustic, often excruciatingly honest lyrics, great finger popping tunes and a voice that does sexy and smouldering and dismissive contempt with equal alacrity.
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Excellent album, powerful music and singing. Great on vinyl!Published 3 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Was not that familiar with Amy Winehouse till I saw a concert she gave in Ireland. Amazing singer.Published 1 day ago by PAbill
This is the second album we had shipped to us and the same result. Album skips on one side and plays well on the second. I would NOT recommend this album.Published 7 days ago by SARA
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|'Back to Black' has officially gone gold!||
Platinum will not be far behind on this one. A true revelation.
Jul 28, 2007 by M. Bogdanov | See all 3 posts
|Fresh, unique and talented||
Yeah, I agree, very fresh. Haven't heard her here on the radio yet. I heard Back to Black browsing adds on MySpace and immediately bought this CD. That's my favorite song but I also really love Rehab and Love is a Losing Game. Their all great though. Just got an email from Amazon that Frank... Read More
Mar 7, 2007 by AlmightyJB | See all 3 posts
|I can't stop listening||
I'd love to see her show...I bet she's awesome live (and probably pretty unpredictable). I haven't been able to get "You Know I'm No Good" out of my head. I just hope she doesn't flame out due to her lifestyle...
Feb 27, 2007 by Aliza Mansolino | See all 2 posts
|Will she really get a Grammy?||
I just got done listening to this album for the first time...I gotta admit, I don't usually like whatever is the #1 seller on Amazon at any given time, but I enjoyed this album. Yes, it is a tad if not more than a tad overrated, but pleasant nonetheless.
Jun 9, 2007 by C. Modisette | See all 9 posts
|Rehab Jay-Z Remix||
I like the remix as well. She also has a remix to Rehab with rapper Pharoahe Monch as well. He released "Desire" earlier this year.
Sep 10, 2007 by J. Highsmith | See all 4 posts
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