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ABOUT FRICKIN' TIME!,
This review is from: Back To Black (Audio CD)
I remember getting this CD as an import way before she was flickering as being something on the brake in the U.S. -- I was pleased with her first CD, but not blown away. This is a revelation. This is the kind of album that grabs you from the moment you hear it.
What is has working for it is Amy Winehouse, stomping all over her material in a smokey Billie Holiday tinge of a voice that's been kissed by Ronnie Spector. She has the sort of voice that goes beyond that utterly dumb label of "Blue Eyed Soul." A heavily teased bouffant wigged, Jewish girl from overseas with a severe dependence on self-medicating herself and being utterly honest about it in interviews has crafted a work that is jaw droppingly good.
From the breaking hand claps of "Rehab," the stunning wall to wall sound of "Me and Mr. Jones," to the perfect Shangri Las-esque "Tears Dry on Their Own," Winehouse has crafed a disc with not a single fault. It's the disc Aguilera was going for but didn't have the emotive voice to pull off. Aguilera can sing but her voice has an empty quality, her overtly dramatic take on Brown's "It's A Man's World" at the Grammys is evidence enough.
Even though it is truly early in the year, I say without a doubt we are looking at a nom for Winehouse as best New Artist/Album of the Year at the Grammys. Is this the best soul album out there? No. But with just one disc (in release in the U.S.), she joins the early works of Millie Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and Mary Wells (an underrated solo debut).
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Initial post: Mar 14, 2007 9:11:22 PM PDT
S. Cintron says:
I totally agree this artist is original, honest and extremly talented. Unfortunately I'm afraid her lyrics are going to be little too honest for mainstream America. The record industry in the US is so afraid to offend that we sometimes miss out on new and interesting Artist.
Posted on Mar 26, 2007 8:40:07 PM PDT
Truly great singing and 4 really great tracks. This is the sort of CD that catches your attention right away. But the very canned sounding bassy beats beats dont serve some of these tracks well. Indeed there are a few tracks where the loud drum work doesnt change for the entire song. My suspicion is that some of the folks here giving this CD 5 stars will be bored with it in less than 2 weeks. Winehouse has tons of talent but she needs a better studio band and producer.
Posted on Mar 27, 2007 11:05:34 AM PDT
J. Sledge says:
This is a great review and I agree with everything you said (especially about Christina Aguilera). I also think Amy sounds A LOT like Shirley Bassey.
Posted on Apr 24, 2007 12:38:46 PM PDT
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Gina C. says:
This is a great review and I agree with everything you said, except when it comes to Christina Aguilera. Having seen Christina Aguilera live, its hard for me to see her voice as void of emotion. But, people have critized Amy of the same lacking, and that critique is lost on me as well. Ultimately, I'd be lost without either of these ladies albums. Not to mention Lily Allen's "Alright, Still". And Macy Gray's new album "Big". All four of these albums are ones that I hope prove to be indicative of where music is heading.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2007 5:32:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2007 11:16:05 AM PST
Oliver Penn says:
It seems that all a white performer need do is to half-way imitate the black soul sound and that's their ticket to wide-spread acceptance in the United States. America has a wealth of genuine black talent in the soul field (I don't mean hip/hop), who have been paying dues for years, with little acceptance or notice. In waltzes Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone, who just LISTENED to some soul records in Europe and they are treated like royalty on these shores. Critics are even calling them "the best" and "possible successors to Aretha Franklin!" Reading these reviews on Winehouse, I tend to think people agree! Well, if Elvis Presley can be crowned "king of rock 'n roll" in America, while Little Richard and Chuck Berry stood by, I suspose Joss Stone could one day claim Aretha's crown as "Queen of Soul" as Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson stand by...
Posted on Jun 9, 2007 5:29:40 PM PDT
Viola Sanders says:
Amy Winehouse isn't what I would call a great singer, but she does have an original voice.
Posted on Jul 21, 2007 7:08:44 PM PDT
Good review, but who cares about the "Grammy's"?
Posted on Aug 6, 2007 7:55:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 6, 2007 7:56:54 PM PDT
Aguilera's always trying to score points with the older generation record buyers. From name dropping - Etta James at the Grammys a few seasons ago - to her pathetic James Brown cover attempt. Even worse, was her horrendous dissection of "A SONG FOR YOU" - what the hell was she thinking?!!! [Karen Carpenter nailed it perfectly & made that song famous in 1972, long before everybody else jumped on the wagon.] Christina suffers from a total lack of distinction & musical identity, and is lost in the blend of recent/current female Top 40 Radio run of the mill artists, who all sound alike.***Amy is an original.
Posted on Aug 19, 2007 7:12:19 PM PDT
Drew P. says:
Great review, I think. Excuse me, but what I am wondering is how did this get to be so highly rated in the "rock" category. I haven't been able to make it through the samples, because I was looking for something that really rocks. Does this CD really rock? What track samples should I listen to?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2007 10:21:21 PM PDT
L. Riley says:
I don't quite think it has a contemporary category...retro or oldies would almost be the most appropriate, but then not quite, especially since purists would complain to high heaven!