Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

Amy Winehouse goes back in time on her new album Back to Black. The Ivor Novello winner draws inspiration from girl-groups of the fifties/sixties to create an honest, heartbreaking, soul record. Amy's voice has authority, depth, maturity, distinctiveness. The twenty-something sounds like a black, southern american woman from forty years ago. Just like her blunt comments about fellow stars, her vocals have an richness and integrity that fans love.

Her amazing sound feels great throughout the album. Rehab is a gritty, smoldering, gospel spiritual. Love is a losing fame is drenched in emotion. And you could be told that Me & Mr Jones was recorded in the sixties and not question it.

Amy Winehouse is exciting, different and challenging. A rarity in pop music. And the great use of the work fuckery adds lashings to an already excellent album.

Overall

8

out of 10
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