Amy Winehouse had a rocky life these past couple of years. She shot to fame with the release of her second album Back To Black and quickly became tabloid fodder. At first, it all kind of worked with the whole rehab, loose cannon image that she was creating, but after awhile things just got sad and never really got better. I read a great blog post over at Gold and Popcorn that sums the whole thing up. It’s worth reading.
Back to Black
Winehouse’s Back To Black opened up the floodgates for a whole wave of female, British soul singers like Duffy and Adele. Her notoriety, along with her actual talent, put her at the head of the pack. Back To Black was appealing for a number of reasons. Winehouse had a great voice, the album had great production, and she had that weird beehive hairdo and troubled persona that made her all the more interesting.
A Look Back
These are some of the standout songs on the album, in my opinion. Great voice, great backing music, and great song writing.
- Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good
- Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
- Amy Winehouse – Love is a Losing Game
- Amy Winehouse - Rehab
The Mark Ronson/Dap-Kings Connection
Mark Ronson produced a number of the songs on Back To Black and brought in the Dap-Kings to help out. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have a bunch of great albums that you should check out. Ronson’s album Version featured a great cover of the Zutons song “Valerie,” which features Winehouse on vocals.
Tommy M. thinks it’s probably pretty tough to be famous.