Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (buy)
Amy Winehouse has been appearing a lot on this blog recently. This is mainly due to the fact that I've been listening to “Back to Black” non-stop for the last week or so. Already a big success in the UK, Winehouse’s latest disc is a great blend of soul and brazen humour. While the album harkens back to the jazz and soul days of Ella and Billie; the songs that immediately grab you are the ones were Winehouse is just being herself. It is her playfully brash persona that really sets Amy apart from the likes of Joss Stone. Me & Mr Jones starts off normal enough with Amy crooning: "nobody stands between me and my man/it's me & Mr. Jones..." Yet just when you think it's going to be a gentle love ballad, Amy poses the question "what kind of fuckery is this?" Immediately the song becomes a tale of a relationship gone terribly wrong. The lead single "Rehab" is Amy's humourous response to her former record label's suggestion that she go to rehab to cut down her wild ways. In Hollywood this would be known as “pulling a Lohan.” Despite the inclusion of this amusing track and a few others (e.g. “Addiction”, etc…), Winehouse is far from a mere court jester. The majority of the album is filled with many great, songs (such as Wake Up Alone, Tears Dry On Their Own, etc...) that focus on love, life, etc... Back to Black is a great album that should please fans of jazz, soul, and R & B.
Here is the second single "You Know I'm No Good" from the Back to Black LP: