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  • Audio CD (Dec 12 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000KG5THI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  CD-ROM  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Ivor Novello Award Winner, Mercury Music Prize and Triple Brit Nominee Amy Winehouse, Follows the Release of her New Single "rehab" and Recent Sell-out Mini-uk Tour, with the Hugely Anticipated Release on October 30th of her New Album "back to Black". On "back to Black", the Follow-up to her Platinum Debut "frank" which Established her as One of the Most Exciting and Challenging Artists in Pop Music, Amy Confirms, Beyond Any Reasonable Or Unreasonable Doubt, What a Truly Remarkable Talent She Is.


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This is my first purchase of any music by the late Amy Winehouse. I seriously did not have any idea of what music she did. After I read the book Amy 27, I decided to try this album. I enjoyed it right from the get go. I played this for several visitors whom have no more knowledge of her material than I. Everyone liked it from the first spin. This makes her tragic death even that much more disturbing. May her star shine for a long time
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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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By JB on Jan. 19 2007
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I just bought this album as I came across a sample of her stuff on a website. Love it. Can't wait to listen to Frank. I rarely write reviews, but I just love this album and love Amy's voice/style. I've been waiting for an artist/album like this. Not as impressed with some of the newer R&B/soul bluesy pop out there right now and find myself often listening to a lot of older jazz and R&B when I'm in the mood for that kind of style. A really interesting mix of influences comes through on this album - Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, 60s girl groups, and modern R&B. Just love it. Highly recommended! I particularly like the upbeat numbers - i.e. Rehab.
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"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".
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the music on this is great but if you have a good system that gives you the most out of recordings you won't listen to this , the transfer on this cd is the worst i have ever bought . Don't buy this i will give you mine
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I tried to play this as soon as I received it and it was awful... I have records from the 60s that play beautifully but this sounds like it's covered in scratches. I returned it stating it must be a manufacturing fault and asked for a replacement. Replacement arrived yesterday and still doesn't play! Obviously my replacement came from the same batch!
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