London singer Amy Winehouse was initially marked as a neo-jazz diva. Although the tag may have been beneficial in terms of press coverage, it was misleading; unlike the inoffensive Katie Melua and Joss Stone, Winehouse had no fear of displaying the seamier side of her life. Her debut album, the aptly titled FRANK, was a solid collection of jazz-inflected pop, but it was the 2006 follow-up, BACK TO BLACK, that really set her apart. Displaying the marked influence of 1960s soul music, girl groups, and Motown, the album also boasted clever, sexually explicit lyrics and punchy pop arrangements, all pulled together by Winehouse's powerful vocals. Her hit "Rehab" became something of a personal theme song, as the singer became a permanent fixture in the tabloids, due to her wild behavior and infamous live shows.
Hailed by Newsweek Magazine as a cross between Billie Holiday and Lauryn Hill, British soul singer Amy Winehouse's U.S. debut, Back To Black hits the US amid a flurry of accolades, radio and TV buzz unprecedented in recent years for a young siren.
Her brassy mix of emotive vocals tinged with 60's girl-group stylings, sly funk, and anguished jazz, sparked the New York Daily News to crown Back To Black a "marvelous debut that would do Etta James proud" while New Yorker Magazine called her "a fierce English performer whose voice combines the smoky depths of a jazz chanteuse with the heated passion of a soul singer," and Spin Magazine affirming "there's never been A British star quite like her."
Back To Black smolders with a bristling fusion of old school doo-wop/soul inflected uprisings, (the charismatic singer/songwriter wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album) brewing instant classics such as the Shirley Ellis influenced "Rehab," the Supremes tinged title song "Back To Black," the aching "Wake Up Alone," and the album's closer, "Addicted."
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Unless you have been living under a rock, chances are that you are already familiar with the powerful sound and personal sagas of British soulstress and Grammy Winning superstar Amy Winehouse. Regardless of what might be written or said about the young performer, there is no denying that Back to Black, her dazzling sophomore album, is absolutely ESSENTIAL for every music collection.
It is difficult to find a place to start complimenting this album, as it is as close to perfect as may be possible. The retro-slick sound weaves together a tapestry of classic 60s R&B, swinging big band, and soulful jazz that is reminiscent of the finest Phil Spector Supremes’ recording. Amy’s lyrical stylings go way beyond her 25 years on this earth, pulling insight, heartbreak and humor from several different decades and delivering them with a voice that punches you right in the gut.
Stand-out track “Rehab”, masterfully produced by Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, is a boot-stomping and hand-slapping musical act of defiance that adds legend to the infamy that Winehouse has established for herself and “Back to Black”, the title single, is simply heartbreaking and so filled with Spector-esque echoes that you feel magically transported back to the best days of the Wall of Sound.
What may be the most impressive aspect of Winehouse’s second album, however, is the impression that it has made not only only the mass public, but the state of music in general. Since its early 2007 release, a rush of both new-soul and classic R&B performers have emerged to the spotlight, including Kate Nash, the Pipettes and the legendary Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. The recipient of 5 Grammy Awards, Back to Black is a true modern classic!
Favorite Songs - "Rehab", "Back to Black", "Love is a Losing Game".
- Sabrina, Tower Pulse 03/22/2008
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She is pretty weird chick, but boy can she sing!, March 2, 2008
This CD reminds me of the great women singers of the 1960s backed up with
excellent musical back-up that fills the songs out.
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Dont Do It - Chaaa, February 15, 2008
Dont even throw your green away on this junk. If youre looking to buy from
Tower, go for a solid artist like Sheryl Crow with "Detours." I think "DJ Swift
Soul" works for Winehouse!!! Hes got the same review on six different web sites
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Flushing Your Money Down the Toilet, February 15, 2008
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In 6 months itll be one of those one hit wonder CDs youve got collecting dust.
Shes misguided and doesnt need your money to help kill herself with addictions.
You really dont want to support a lifestyle or world like this!
Back To Black is that Crack!, February 1, 2008
By DJ Swift Soul
Ok so homegirl has issues with vices... who doesnt? And why havent you bought
this album yet? This literally sounds like it was recorded in the 70s Motown
era. Every song is a banger. While she is Rehab we should all take this in