Sunday, November 15, 2009

1010. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (2006)

Track Listing

1. Rehab
2. You Know I'm No Good
3. Me & Mr Jones
4. Just Friends
5. Back To Black
6. Love Is A Losing Game
7. Tears Dry On Their Own
8. Wake Up Alone
9. Some Unholy War
10. He Can Only Hold Her


Of all these swingy singers which have been so popular in the last few years Amy Winehouse is my favourite by far. Not in spite of her being a wreck but because she is a wreck. This makes her the most interesting of the whole lot including Adeles and Duffies.

The fact that she has a life rich in crap, drugs and alcohol makes her interesting in lyrical terms and sometimes in ways that deeply contrast with the music itself. She has something to say at least. Still... maybe she should have gone to rehab.

So she's a very good writer, and her music here has a beat to it that kind of sets it apart from her endless imitators and clones. That being said it is still not interesting enough to be amazing but good enough not to be annoying.

Track Highlights

1. Rehab
2. Back To Black
3. You Know I'm No Good
4. Tears Dry on Their Own

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

It has appeared on numerous year-end Top Ten Lists produced by The Austin Chronicle (number four), Billboard Magazine (number three), Blender Magazine (number eight), Slant Magazine (number four), Entertainment Weekly (number two), The New York Times (number three) and Time Magazine (number one).


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