Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (2006)

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black (2006)
Artist: Amy Winehouse
Album: Back To Black
Genre: Funk/Soul/R&B
Released: 2006
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Rehab (3:34)
You Know I’m No Good (4:17)
Me & Mr. Jones (2:33)
Just Friends (3:13)
Back To Black (4:01)
Love Is A Losing Game (2:35)
Tears Dry On Their Own (3:06)
Wake Up Alone (3:42)
Some Unholy War (2:22)
He Can Only Hold Her (2:48)


“They tried to make me go to rehab,” wails Amy Winehouse on the opening track and first single from her second album Back to Black. It’s not typical pop song fodder, but Winehouse isn’t a typical pop singer. If she winds up as popular in the U.S. as she is at home in the UK, it’ll be despite her reluctance to embrace the monotonous realities of promotional mechanics. Oh, she’ll talk, but there’s no guarantee what she’ll say. (Our favorite is her heckling of Bono at last year’s Q Awards: “Shut up, I don’t give a fuck!”) She’ll be scheduled to perform, but there’s no guarantee what she’ll do, or even if she’ll make it through the show. And she’ll sing about her problems, but she won’t give a shit what you think of them.

If this makes Winehouse read a little like Lily Allen, that’s not far off the mark. Both are larger-than-life singers who’ve found perfect vehicles for their outsized personalities. In Allen’s case, it’s a cocktail of pop, reggae, and hip-hop, with a cigarette in hand; for Winehouse, it’s soul, jazz, and blues with a bottle of booze. Both pay tribute to their influences, with Winehouse’s lyrics featuring shout-outs to Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, and Slick Rick, and the two even share a producer: Mark Ronson, who’s also worked with everyone from Sean Paul and Macy Gray to Ghostface and Rhymefest.

But Winehouse is anything but a Lily Allen doppelgänger. After all, soul and jazz music are typically considered the province of grownups, and while Winehouse could be accused of slipping on these styles like costumes, she imbues her music with a surprisingly genuine soulfulness.
by Joshua Klein

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