11REASONS WHY AMY WINEHOUSE IS IN A CLASS OF HER OWN
This is an absolutely fantastic album. When I received it,I listened to the whole CD twice and have been playing it almost daily ever since. From the rebellious tone of "REHAB" right through to one of my favourites and oh so right "LOVE IS A LOSING GAME",you know Winehouse has it all sorted. Fantastic song words done in Amy's unique almost careless kind of manner bring emotions to the forefront and make you live each song. The music accompaniments are also just great. Yes, you do not have to be an addict or depressed to appreciate "REHAB", just someone who has gone through tribulations.
"YOU KNOW I'M NO GOOD", "BACK TO BLACK", "TEARS DRY ON THEIR OWN" and "WAKE UP ALONE" sum up the album's dark theme superbly by dealing with issues like sex,cheating,betrayal,drugs,loneliness and in a strange kind of way love, mostly conditional love.
So where's the happy theme then? Not here, this is "BACK TO BLACK" after all and Amy presents this in the darkest most remarkable way.But even if you are a happy person, this is an experience you would not like to miss.
The only downside to this album is the the use of profanities and references to drugs and sex in a very crude manner.When my kids sing along I am glad they cannot make out some of those words and mostly sing the choruses and a few lines in between.There is a parental guidance warning on this CD.
Having a copy with the lyrics on helps as well as I discovered I could have written totally different songs from some of the lines I used to sing.Knowing the real words just helped me capture the mood better.
My least favourite song: "SOME UNHOLY WAR", just does not appeal to me but then that's just me.
Amy is a brilliant song writer who wrote all the tracks on her own and only had help writing "TEARS DRY ON THEIR OWN". I would like to see her give the same passion to a light hearted album next, then she will definitely be unstoppable.
There are countless reasons why this was a number one album,go out and get it and you will find your own reasons....
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Amy Winehouse - Back To Black: Review
Words cannot describe this album other than it is probably the best soul album ever recorded. it has everything,jazz,soul,a bit of reggae, pop,hints of rock,bits of love ballads, everything.
Here are reviews of all the songs on Back To Black:
1- Rehab:one of the best jazz songs that ever existed! a really great first single, and after 7 months, it is stil storming the charts!-5/5
2-You Know I'm No Good-one of the best r+b songs ever.great instruments used,great vocals, and another chart topper.-5/5
3- Me And Mr.Jones-a very good soul song.not the best song on the whole album, but definately worth a go!-3/5
4: Just Friends-a great,relaxing,summery feel song-4/5
5: Back To Black- one of the best songs on the album.the 3rd single, but didnt do as well as the other 2 singles.what a shame :(-5/5
6:Love Is A Losing Game-really tells the dark truth about love.hoping for it to be a single. a really great soul song-4/5
7:Tears Dry On Their Own-set out to be the 4th single.a really great soul/jazz song.-5/5
8:Wake Up Alone-great beat,great vocals,catchy,has all the things that make up a good r+b song-4/5
9: Some Unholy War-a good song,but probably not going to be a single.give it a go though :) -3/5
10: He Can Only Hold Her-a good popish/jazzy song-4/5
11: Addicted-a good bonus track.not the best on the album though worth a go-3/5
The maturity and raw honesty of the lyrics is breathtaking. The vocal delivery is outstanding; mellow, thoughtful, soulful, Winehouse manages to convey a level of emotion and realism that is rarely achieved by solo, female artists. This is an adult album which deals with grown-up subject matter - and Winehouse should not be made to apologise for this.
It's almost uncomfortably intimate even within the mass appeal it has attracted.
Long may you run, Amy. This absolutely rules!!!
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55 of 62 people found this review helpful.
An amazing voice and talent.... with a Sixties twist!
It's rare that I like more than one or two songs on any album, regardless of the artist. Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' is the exception for me. When I first heard 'Rehab' on the radio I didn't know who the artist was and pictured her to be black and in her forties so powerful and deep was the voice.
I bought Any Winehouse's 'Back to Black' album and can't stop playing it. The song, 'Back to Black' is my absolute favourite but I also love 'No Good', 'Rehab', 'Me and Mr Jones' and 'Addict' - I love them all really - there isn't one song on the album that I would take off.
The songs do contain quite a few swear words... with a bit of ingenuity and word play, alternative words can be found. This is quite useful if you have a tendency to burst into song in the supermarket and/or have children who would pounce on the original version - my personal triumph is the use of 'trickery' on 'Me and Mr Jones'!
I've heard some of the songs that are on the 'Frank' album but they don't really compare in my opinion, they don't have the 'Sixties' influence and I just don't think they're as catchy.
I'm not surprised at the commercial success of the 'Back to Black' album, it's incredible and I can't believe that Amy Winehouse is only just 23 because of the maturity in her voice. What a talent she is as both a song writer and singer and what a coup for Britishness!
I've heard it said that Ms Winehouse is trashy, arrogant and rude... well who cares? I think it is forgiveable to be that arrogant when you're that talented - especially at 23. There are plenty of equally obnoxious 'pop stars' cluttering up the charts with only the barest smattering of anything approaching the talent of Amy.... long may she continue!
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i love you much.....
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
love is a losing game
back to black
you know im no good
much has been written about amy winehouse's personal battles, but the one positive thing to come out of that turmoil is this honest, soul-baring, heartbreaking masterpiece.
soul, pop, reggae, jazz and motown are whisked together to create something that is both fresh, and classic sounding. and the production is used to great effect without ever taking anything away from amys unique vocal, and sharp lyrics.
'you know that im no good' has a funky bassline, and is like a complete story, as amy berates herself for her part in the undoing in the first chapter of her relationship with no ex-husband blake. whilst the cool motown groove of title track 'back to black' is the counter to this, and tells the story of blake's part in the stormy, relationship of him going back to his old flame. both tracks tell the listener exactly how it is, without pulling any punches. even down to their own prefered drug of choice, and both tracks are highlights.
the album is a no holds barred, fiesty affair and amy manages to give you her complete honesty, and the tabloids that have feasted on her life couldnt really come up with any aspect of her personal life that isnt already laid out for all to see on this record.
but the real standout from the album is the stunningly heartbreaking 'love is a losing game' with its stunning melody, haunting vocal, and heartfelt lyrics, it truly gets under your skin and is something we can all relate to at one time or another in our lives. its very central to all the tracks, and shows that the first addiction amy couldnt overcome is her intense addiction to loving somebody..the one that gets us all at some point.
the production is fantastic, the vocals are amazing, the songwriting is out of this world. forget the tabloids, ignore the hype, its all about the music.. and this album will immortalised as one of the best records of all time.
rest in peace amy.. i know that the only things i will remember you for, are being one of the best singer-songwriters of all time. you told us your truth, never pretended to be anything different to who you were. and your music will live on forever....
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Back to Black: A Must Own album for everyone
It is easy to see why Amy Winehouse has won so many awards for her music. This is a great collection of songs with superb lyrics and is a prime example of Amy Winehouse's unique talent. There is a theme of heartbreak throughout the album but it's not overwhelming and you get the impression that it's more about acceptance of identifying weaknesses and then getting on with things.
Amy Winehouse really does have one of the most distinctive and amazing voices ever. She sings effortlessly and can sing in various styles ranging from mellow to power ballad and still sound natural.
The first two tracks on the album 1. Rehab; and 2. You Know I'm No Good; are quite pucnhy, almost pop songs and probably ones you've heard before. 'Rehab' is instantly recognisable and guaranteed to get everyone singing along. 'You Know I'm No Good' recently used as the soundtrack to the popular tv series Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
The next couple of tracks 3. Me & Mr Jones; and 4. Just Friends; are short and sweet and have a more soulful feel to them.
Track 5. Back to Black; has more of a gutsy beat to it with a theme of heartbreak in the lyrics. Track 6. Love Is A Losing Game; has a similar theme in the lyrics but is a slower, short track.
Track 7. Tears Dry On Their Own; is brilliant! The lyrics hint at sadness over a man but these are combined with a jazzy tune which gives this some power and attitude. Probably my favourite track on the cd.
Tracks 8. Wake Up Alone; and 9. Some Unholy War; are slower again and are probably my least favourite on the album as they are quite sad sounding songs. That's not to say they aren't good though!
Track 10. He Can Only Hold Her; is an amazing mix of soul and funk with a really catchy beat and background vocals. Once you've heard this, you'll be singing along with the background vocals. Such a shame that the track is so short!
Track 11. Addicted; is a really nice tune to end the album on. It has a more punchy sound and is more upbeat and positive sounding.
This is a great album and I would have no hesitation in recomming it to my firends. Amy Winehouse has a remarkable talent and fully deserves the praise she receives for her musical offerings!
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