Back To Black

November 15, 2016 - Comment

US version includes one exclusive ‘hidden’ bonus track, ‘You Know I’m No Good’ (featuring Ghostface Killah). ‘Back To Black’ is the second album from London-based chanteuse Amy Winehouse. Although her 2003 debut was a success, her rowdy offstage behavior became the focus of tabloids and critics instead of the music. Because of this, Winehouse stepped

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US version includes one exclusive ‘hidden’ bonus track, ‘You Know I’m No Good’ (featuring Ghostface Killah). ‘Back To Black’ is the second album from London-based chanteuse Amy Winehouse. Although her 2003 debut was a success, her rowdy offstage behavior became the focus of tabloids and critics instead of the music. Because of this, Winehouse stepped out of the spotlight and concentrated on putting the focus back on her music. Three years later, her sophomore release has surprised critics and excited her fanbase. Combining a strong, Jazzy vocal style with often frank lyrical content recounting tales of love and loss, Winehouse is a truly talented songwriter with a good ear for melody, making this album an essential purchase. Includes the single ‘Rehab’. Universal. 2007.Amy Winehouse’s second album, Back to Black, is one of the finest soul albums, British or otherwise, to come out for years. Frank, her first album, was a sparse and stripped-down affair; Back to Black, meanwhile, is neither of these things. This time around, she’s taken her inspiration from some of the classic 1960′s girl groups like the Supremes and the Shangri-Las, a sound particularly suited to her textured vocal delivery, while adding a contemporary songwriting sensibility. With the help of producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, “Rehab” becomes a gospel-tinged stomp, while the title track (and album highlight) is a heartbreaking musical tribute to Phil Spector, with it’s echoey bass drum, rhythmic piano, chimes, saxophone and close harmonies. Best of all, though, is the fact that Back to Black bucks the current trend in R&B by being unabashedly grown-up in both style and content. Winehouse’s lyrics deal with relationships from a grown-up perspective, and are honest, direct and, often, complicated: on “You Know I’m No Good”, she’s unapologetic about her unfaithfulness. But she can also be witty, as on “Me & Mrs Jones” when she berates a boyfriend with “You made me miss the Slick Rick gig”. Back to Black is a refreshingly mature soul album, the best of its kind for years. –Ted Kord

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Comments

Whinoceros says:

Do not buy Vinyl version. One star for Vinyl record only. Album itself is great.Just like others have reviewed, quality of sound is terrible. Its as if they transferred sound from a cassette. It could be the original sound material was recorded by a garbage sound engineer because I am yet to hear a good sound quality transfer on any medium – stream,cd, vinyl. Google music stream is the best so far in terms of transfer but Vinyl is just garbage.I hate all the new sound engineers – or is it the…

Judith P McShane says:

DO NOT PURCHASE the record skipped as soon as i got it out of the box. I really love this album but i was very unhappy with the quality.I exchanged it for another one and i turned it on fresh out of the package, The first song rehab skipped the entire song. The the second song was fine. Me and mr. Jones was broken. I know its not my record players fault because it plays other records. Back to black is my favorite amy winehouse album and i love all of her music, i am just very disappointed with the…

Tiffany says:

Defective Record I bought this vinyl for my roommate for Valentine’s Day, and it arrived in a timely manner. However, when she unwrapped it and tried to play it, the record kept skipping. She inspected the needle of her record player, cleaned the record and tried playing it again. It kept skipping. She tested one of her other vinyls and it played fine.The Amy Winehouse vinyl I purchased came wrapped in plastic as if it were brand new, so I don’t know why it kept skipping. My roommate suspects that I…

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