Amy Winehouse has a fantastic sound, and I'd bet that when people hear her they are going to love her. When I first heard her song Rehab on IMF, I only heard the last half of the song, but I scrambled to write down her name and search out her albums(there are two). She was so funky, so cool, her voice so smokey and captivating. She has an infectous sound, and she really stands out as someone doing something very different from the other folks getting airtime. I am amazed that her albums haven't had a US release, and seem to only be available in the UK. Even Itunes only has one song (in several versions)available to purchase (it's the current weekly freebie Jan 07). I found her albums on the amazon.uk site, and I was thrilled that it only took six little days to ship them from the UK to Oregon.
Now that I have the albums, I'm turning on all my friends and neighbors to Amy Winehouse's fabulous,retro groove, and everyone who hears her seems to really like her sound. The songs are very catchy, easy to listen to, and seem to appeal to both women and men, young and old, and to fans of hip hop as well as the alternative and classic rock listeners.
Ordering from amazon.uk has been absolutely painless. When I did my first international order, I was a bit concerned about how the exchange rate thing would work because the prices on the uk site are expressed in pounds. My apprehension was groundless- I used my visa card to make the purchase, and the charges were figured out at a favorable rate. You can pretty much figure that the price in US dollars will be about double what is listed in pounds. Also, the shipping is not free with a $25 purchase like it is when ordering within the US, but the shipping prices are very reasonable, and they don't charge a fortune extra to ship it overseas. I also ordered two other albums that are not available here in the US, and my total shipping bill was about $12 for the four cds.
Kudos to Amy Winehouse! I look forward to watching her achieve the recognition that she deserves. Both albums are great, and their spunky sound deserves to be recognized.