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Back To Black CD (2007)

Artist: Amy Winehouse

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Great recording, thought disappointed with the cen

by Rick on 8/21/2011

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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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.

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 204134452
UPC 602517246621
UPC 14 00602517246621
Format CD
Release Date 3/13/2007
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Author Amy Winehouse
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ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review "Rehab," the must-hear song that opens the second album from British soul singer Amy Winehouse, is a Motown-style winner with a banging beat and a lovesick bad girl testifying like Etta James about how she won't clean up her act. It's followed by the excellently funky "You Know I'm No Good" and "Me & Mr. Jones (Fuckery)," the latter of which begins, "What kind of fuckery is this?/You made me miss the Slick Rick gig." Winehouse is a nervy, witty songstress whom indie rockers, pop fans and hip-hoppers can dig. On Black, she gets help from producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, who turn classic soul sounds into something big, bright and punchy. The tunes don't always hold up. But the best ones are impossible to dislike: Witness "Addicted," a wistful gem in which Winehouse chooses weed over a lover.
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Reviewer Christian Hoard
ReviewRating 6
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Artist Winehouse,Amy
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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Great recording, thought disappointed with the cen by Rick on Aug 21, 2011

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