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Back To Black

March 13, 2007

Song Title
Rehab (Album Version)
You Know I'm No Good
Me & Mr Jones [Explicit]
Just Friends [Explicit]
Back To Black [Explicit]
Love Is A Losing Game
Tears Dry On Their Own [Explicit]
Wake Up Alone
Some Unholy War
He Can Only Hold Her
You Know I'm No Good (Ghostface (UK version))

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  • Label: Universal (UC)
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  • Total Length: 35:22
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  • ASIN: B000V9GA5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (915 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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152 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RETRO SOUL March 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
In U.K. Amy Winehouse has been a tabloid regular recently with tales of anoxeria, addiction, and drunken TV appearances, but she really should let her music speak for itself . . . especially when it's as good as this.

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.
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162 of 176 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown's jazz stylings. March 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The sassy 23 year old Londoner delivers the goods with swagger and panache. 2003s single "Stronger Than Me" and album "Frank" weren't exactly great sellers, despite being hits with the critics. This time it's a totally different situation, because she's appealed to fans and critics alike. Winehouse has a new-found confidence, having slimmed down four dress sizes with more aggressive make-up; she's turning into the UK's most promising talent in years.

" 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.
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excruciatingly honest , sexy and smouldering. March 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
As for her voice: where does it come from, this extraordinary sound?
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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This version is a lot better for your ears. February 8, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Just a short note to say that the mastering on this version is much better than the standard edition. The dynamics are much better, and is not mastered as loud as the standard edition. Plus, the bonus disk of covers is outstanding! Very nice book with lyrics also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album!
This album is one of those any time albums. Do yourself a favor if you like music; buy it if you don't have it.
Published 1 hour ago by khoney
4.0 out of 5 stars Only One Complaint
My only complaint about this specific vinyl record that I received is that it was slightly warped and one side of it skips a bit. Other than that, I think it's perfectly fine.
Published 1 day ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Published 3 days ago by john bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I placed the order not too long ago and it arrived fairly quickly. Except I received a completely different album instead. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Long Phu Nguyen
2.0 out of 5 stars WARPED
I purchased this Vinyl along with several others and the package arrived HOT & WARM. I guess the fault lies with the shipper and not entirely on amazon but since this record wasn't... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Shawn Sylvester
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Songs, but...
I bought the Pure Audio version of this album and the sound quality is terrible,very scratchy, flat. In fact I returned it, hope Universal Blu Ray Audio CDs sound better.
Published 11 days ago by paul and Cheryl Kingsman
5.0 out of 5 stars Talent trajically wasted
All the songs were based on alcohol and drugs, and this was her first commercial success. It's sad to listen and relive her agony!
Published 25 days ago by Doyle Grizzle
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a Great CD!
I reordered this CD because it was too scratched up. Had to reorder it because it is definitely a GREAT CD! Love it!
Published 27 days ago by M. M. Cousar
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Great CD, some adult language, so be careful around the younger audience.
What a great voice, a shame that Amy is no longer with us.
Published 29 days ago by DN Odell
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
Super fast delivery. Great price. The quality of the CD is very poor. I can only listen to the last three songs. The beginning is scratched so bad it doesn't play.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Luetjens
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