Back To Black (2006)
|Artist: Amy Winehouse|
|It doesn't take much listening to Amy Winehouse's 1960s pop period piece to realize that this is a tribute with an edge--nice girls back then didn't sing about boozing and rehab. Since her 2003 debut album, FRANK, Winehouse has been a frequent presence on the gossip pages of the U.K. tabloids, and her songwriting here candidly reflects her experiences with drinking, sex, and drugs.
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|It doesn't take much listening to Amy Winehouse's 1960s pop period piece to realize that this is a tribute with an edge--nice girls back then didn't sing about boozing and rehab. Since her 2003 debut album, FRANK, Winehouse has been a frequent presence on the gossip pages of the U.K. tabloids, and her songwriting here candidly reflects her experiences with drinking, sex, and drugs.|
|BACK TO BLACK's production is an artful blend of sophisticated '60s R&B and 21st-century stylistic poaching, with "Tears Dry on Their Own" incorporating elements of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," and Winehouse sounding like Billie Holiday fronting a reggae band on the old-fashioned cheating song "Just Friends." Densely packed with musical history and often conjuring a dark, Portishead-esque atmosphere, BACK TO BLACK is a sumptuous-sounding collection freighted with blunt confessionals of a lush life.|
Producer: Mark Ronson; Salaam Remi (Compilation)
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black - CD
By: Aspi Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/5/2007 7:55 AM
|What is remarkable about Winehouse is how mature and diverse her vocal talents are. Her voice morphs so much on songs, it feels like a vocal multiple personality disorder. Back to Black is produced by Mark Ronson (Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera) and Salaam Remi (Fugees, Toni Braxton, Ini Kamoze) who smartly put the focus on Winehouse’s pipes, allowing them to play out her personality....read the full review|
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black - CD
By: Patrick Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/6/2007 6:27 PM
|Amy Winehouse is a big in Britain, not quite there yet in the States, singer-songwriter, and Back to Black is her second album. Sonically, it draws on 60's girl group and classic R&B sounds, and without major revamping makes them sound relevant for today. ...read the full review|
Amy Winehouse - Back To Black - CD
By: Sterfish Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 4/12/2007 9:16 AM
|Is it great, a gimmick, or possibly both? Amy Winehouse has gained a lot of critical acclaim for her second album (and first U.S. release) Back To Black. It's features the style of 1960's pop/soul updated ever so slightly for the 2000s. This is certainly a fun album to listen to and in the current music landscape, it feels fresh. However, as I listened to this album, cynicism came creeping in....read the full review|
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 03/13/2007|
|Original Release Date : 2006|
|Catalog ID : 0008555|
|Label : Universal Republic|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00602517246621|
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Winehouse is a nervy, witty songstress whom indie rockers, pop fans and hip-hoppers can dig."
- Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "[W]ith a brassy, intensely personal sorrow that is true blues, not nouveau soul."
- "[A] breakthrough, producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson surround her with brass sections, string sections, harp, Wurlitzer, the works."
- "It's precisely Winehouse's lyrics...aching, flirty, and often straight-up nasty -- that raise this expertly crafted set into the realm of true, of-the-minute originality." -- Grade: A-
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Winehouse is one of the best things to have happened to British pop recently."
Customer Reviews of Back To Black
Great recording, thought disappointed with the cen8/21/2011
I found Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” for sale at the Buy.com website shortly after her death and, even though I never had any particular interest in her work, I felt compelled to purchase it after listening to a little retrospective on an NPR show. I was more delighted than I thought I would be when the CD arrived, and got out my CD player for a listen, a rarity for me. I was thoroughly delighted with the music until I reached the first of the censored songs; there was no mention that the songs were going to censor for pansy inclined! Though this ruined my mood for a bit, I continued onward listening and concluded that, except for the unnecessary censorship, it was a good purchase. A small addendum: A few weeks after receiving and listening to my order, I received from our local library, a copy of the movie “Life As We Know It”. The first song as the movie opens is “You Know I'm No Good”, it brought a smile to my face.
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