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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excruciatingly honest , sexy and smouldering.
As for her voice: where does it come from, this extraordinary sound?
The music poures out of her, a stream of weathered, seasoned phrases, seemingly without effort, and mercifully without any of the ululating and over-emoting that blights so many performances in the soul-jazz field in which Winehouse operates.
For her, what matters is the quality of the notes,...
Published on Dec 19 2006 by Just in Miami

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and sour
All the songs on this album are good. The mastering is good but the pressing isn't. The first side play nicely but the second side is full of static noise...
Published 2 months ago by Four Winds


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excruciatingly honest , sexy and smouldering., Dec 19 2006
This review is from: Back To Black (Audio CD)
As for her voice: where does it come from, this extraordinary sound?
The music poures out of her, a stream of weathered, seasoned phrases, seemingly without effort, and mercifully without any of the ululating and over-emoting that blights so many performances in the soul-jazz field in which Winehouse operates.
For her, what matters is the quality of the notes, not the quantity.

Amy Winehouse is, of course, almost as famous for her behaviour as for her music; tabloid newspapers in recent months have been peppered with the striking visage of this north London Jewish girl, accompanying lurid reports of her latest night on the razz. But here, on this fantastic set, she'd done so in moderation, because she seemed focused and together.
"Back to Black", is a more soulful and stripped-down collection than her jazzier debut, "Frank". The influence of girl groups from the 1950s and early '60s is plain: plinky keyboards, parpy brass, trebly guitar.

Some excellent background vocals provides weight and depth, while she and her band do a brilliant job of recreating the big soulful sound conjured up in the studio by producer Mark Ronson.
In songs such as "Me & Mr Jones", "Back to Black", "Love is a Losing Game" and "Rehab", we may hear the sound of Phil Spector, of Muscle Shoals, of the Shirelles and the Supremes.

But this is no mere retro soul show: these are not pastiches, but real emotional journeys from a woman with real emotional experiences.
She is a standout talent with a nice line in bitchy put-downs and a wondrous voice reminiscent of Dinah Washington.
Even so, her second album has surpassed all expectations.
This is the best British soul album in absolutely ages, a complete package of lovingly recreated Motown/60s girl group sounds, caustic, often excruciatingly honest lyrics, great finger popping tunes and a voice that does sexy and smouldering and dismissive contempt with equal alacrity.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RETRO SOUL.., March 19 2007
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joemacktheknife (East Hampton, NY) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Back To Black (Audio CD)
In U.K. Amy Winehouse has been a tabloid regular recently with tales of anoxeria, addiction, and drunken TV appearances, but she really should let her music speak for itself . . . especially when it's as good as this.

Her debut, "Frank", was sometimes stodgy and definitely over praised, but no praise is too high for this unashamedly retro, but beautifully observed and realised take on classic girl group pop and Motown soul.

The 11 songs all sound like great lost classics from the 60s, snappily written with a mix of bitterly caustic lyrics and finger popping tunes, then delivered in a voice that alternates sexy smouldering with dismissive contempt.

She started last year amid criticism from all corners over her dramatic weight loss and ended it heralded as the new queen of UK cool; with hair messier than a sleepover with Pete Doherty, a mouth like a drunken fish wife and an album swelling with the kind of lump-in-throat emotional soul last heard sometime in the late 70s, somewhere in Detroit

Hence it was somewhat of a surprise when it reared its sultry head again in 2006. With near genius production from hip pop mainstay Mark Ronson (who also had a finger in the tasty pie that was Lily Allen's debut), stomping, romping punk-rock-jazz was the order of the day as Ms Winehouse showed everyone what being a real lady is all about.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rugged charm, distinctive vocals., Dec 19 2006
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Adarsh Amin - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Back To Black (Audio CD)
"Back to Black" is that rare thing: an album you can listen to from beginning to end, in order, over and over again - and find a new favourite every time.

Strutting, defiant she pokes the finger at past lovers demanding, sweetly, "What kind of f**kery is this?" (" Me & Mr Jones" ) and keeps us waiting four songs before the title track peaks - or plunges - into the crux of her theme. It begins with a pacing, pulsing piano chord before sinking into depression. "I died a hundred times...You go back to her, and I go back to...I go back to..."

Reluctant to accept defeat, resolution is deferred as the "I go back to..." refrain gathers strength until, beaten down to a whisper by the piano, she puts us out of our misery.

Back to...black. Yet, just when she seems ready to pack up her guitar and reach for the nearest bottle, drums kick in with the wistful, resigned "Love is A Losing Game", Winehouse's reworking of the archetypal 'getting over him' song. Piling metaphor on top of metaphor; she is relentlessly philosophical. Love is a losing hand, she declares; love is a fate resigned. Love - love is a losing game.

One criticism of the album is that it's too short. After packing 11 songs into just over 34 minutes of alcoholic, iconic crooning she bows out, presumably to go and "smoke [her] home grown".

The end result is a taut show reel that leaves us salivating, willing us to press play again - and move from the playfully titled last track 'Addicted' back into 'Rehab'. It's circular, compulsive. Were it not for the amount of bleeps needed - and the difficult of getting a song whose main refrain is "you smoke all my weed man" past the censors - each would be worthy of radio play, especially the motowny, doo woppish, "Me & Mr Jones".

Yet it's a little too introspective for the airwaves. Even the cover is dark. Where first album "Frank" pictured a grinning, pink clad Amy dragging a dog on a lead, this one shows her languid on a chair in an empty classroom, peering moodily out from between gothic fronds.

Well, it is called "Back to Black". Noticeably thinner (her shrinking frame has elicited mutterings of 'anorexia' from interviewers) and more angst-stricken, undercutting the powerful, almost masculine voice is a dissonant note of fragility - despite the bold reassurance of lines like "I'll battle till this bitter finale/Just me, my dignity and this guitar case." ("Some Unholy War").

Unlike "Frank", a bright-eyed newcomer surveying the musical landscape, Back to Black is a leap into the abyss of self-exploration. In contrast to her 2003 debut, there are no jazz standards covered and her writing credits appear on every track, oozing intimacy.

It works: we're poised on the edge of her cliffhanger. Let's just hope she doesn't fall off.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Listen!, Feb. 18 2009
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Kevin Ogren (Port Hardy, BC Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Back to Black (Audio CD)
Amy may be trainwreck, but her music is anything but. This is a great album. Every song is listenable, with a couple that are going to be classics. If you liked her first album Frank, this one is even better. Great CD for the car!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and sour, June 11 2014
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All the songs on this album are good. The mastering is good but the pressing isn't. The first side play nicely but the second side is full of static noise...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding vinyl, May 21 2014
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This is a must have for Amy fans who enjoy vinyl. Very refreshing sound. This US pressing is missing the track 'Addicted', that is the only negative thing to say about this great album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cracked, April 23 2014
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i wasnt fully satisfied because there were cracks on the case but other than that the cd works perfectly well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album - one the greatest IMHO, March 14 2014
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Stefan Mischook "Nerd" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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Sound quality of the british LP is fantastic. Don't get the American release because it doesn't include the track Addicted.

... Political correctness run amuck.

S
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a Classic, Feb. 1 2014
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Every inflection of her voice dripping with emotion, and she says it all...Amy was amazing no bones about that. I dig her vibe forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She was a treasure, Jan. 25 2014
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Raw incredible talent that whisks you away into a world of intense emotions, love it, its a classic album to play over and over again!
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