Limited edition pressing on PINK vinyl. This is the second studio album by the late singer. The album was co-produced by her close friend Mark Ronson and features the singles ‘Rehab’, ‘You Know I’m No Good’, ‘Back to Black’, ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ and ‘Love Is a Losing Game’.
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 fan base. 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.
|A2||You Know I’m No Good||4:17|
|A3||Me And Mr Jones||2:33|
|A5||Back To Black||4:01|
|A6||Love Is A Losing Game||2:35|
|B7||Tears Dry On Their Own||3:06|
|B8||Wake Up Alone||3:42|
|B9||Some Unholy War||2:22|
|B10||He Can Only Hold Her||2:46|
|B11||You Know I’m No Good|
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
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.
Limited PINK edition vinyl LP pressing of the uber-successful sophomore album from this UK vocalist. 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 surprised critics and excited her fan base. 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. Universal.