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2007 release, the first time Amy's debut has been available in the U.S. Years before Amy Winehouse garnered international attention with Back To Black, the sassy British Soul singer put herself on the U.K. music map with her 2003 debut, Frank. Nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, the record glides along on the subtly jazzy production of Salaam Remi, which allows Winehouse's expressive voice, strongly influenced by Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington, to shine, particularly on the Trip-Hop-tinged 'Stronger Than Me,' the powerful 'You Sent Me Flying,' and the sultry 'I Heard Love Is Blind.' Although not quite as consistent or daring as her subsequent album, Frank is an impressive first outing that should win over anyone swooning from Back To Black.
With her debut album Frank, Amy Winehouse proves to be one of the most original, honest, and brave singer/songwriters to emerge in recent years. Over the course of the 13 songs, she manages to do everything required of a classic album. This is a stark piece of work, comprising husky, frequently sexually charged vocals, painfully honest lyrics and soft trumpets, laidback beats, and sparse guitar work. It seems that soulful jazz doesn't always have to be bland--it can also be playful, twisted, and arrogant ("Amy Amy Amy"). "F*** Me Pumps" charts a seemingly guilt-free act of infidelity: "What do you expect when you leave me here alone?" she asks coyly, as if by way of justifiable explanation. "You wouldn't want me to be lonely," she adds. You can't help warming to her, despite what she's saying. A unique sense of humour (how rare in music now) and a no-bull attitude make for an interesting, compelling debut. Frank? Yes, but refreshingly so. You wouldn't want her for a girlfriend, but as a life companion she may yet prove indispensable. --Cortman VirtueSee all Editorial Reviews
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Disc 2 is rarities and remixes and it's as beautiful as before.
This album reminds me of when I lived in Washington as a kid and it shows a happy, healthy, funny Amy Winehouse before Blake hurt her.
Amy was such an incredible talent. I have a bad feeling that it's going to be a loooong time before anyone else will be able to even look at her shoes, let alone step into them.
Rest in peace, Amy - you will be sorely missed.
The first cd in FRANK must be the original cd and begins with an intro of Winehouse scatting. It goes on with songs that have a funky jazz & soul beat and Winehouse sounds like a cross between Billie Holliday and Shirley Bassey, with a little Barbra Streisand thrown in for good measure. I love her remake of "Moody's Mood For Love." There are also a couple of hidden tracks that start after the "Outro."
But the real treat is the second cd. This bonus disc has Winehouse covering classics like "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Teach Me Tonight," and "'Round Midnight" and she makes them all her own. Also included on cd 2 are live versions of the songs "Stronger Than Me," "I Heard Love Is Blind," "Take The Box," and "In My Bed" and other mixes of songs from cd 1.
Also included is a small booklet with liner notes by Paul Flynn and the lyrics to the songs on cd 1.
Hopefully Ms. Winehouse will get her self together. But even if she doesn't, FRANK DELUXE ED. is an enjoyable cd set.
playing up her drug use. They seemed to totally ignore the
fact that she was the most brilliant musican,singer, and
songwriter of all time. As great as Back To Black is, this
is every bit as brilliant. It is so honest and her voice
is the highlight of each song. I can hardly stand the
fact that we won't get to hear anything more from her.
I get really mad when I think about all the publicity that
no talent singers in the U.S. get, and yet Ms. Winehouse was
for the most part kept a secret from us. When all is said and
done, Winehouse is a legend and many others will be forgotten.
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I love her voice and the music is really good.Read more