Review: Dean Allen
SURPRISINGLY labelled as 'the next Norah Jones' among lazy journalists,
Amy Winehouse's stunning debut takes its cue from many different
genres and fuses them together with an acerbic tongue to create
what was one of the best albums of 2003.
Her husky, sultry, sexually-charged vocals and painfully honest
lyrics show that the 20-year-old Londoner is wise beyond her years.
Stronger Than Me rips into a weak ex-boyfriend and Take
The Box continues the story, as she packs all his possessions
together, while Fuck Me Pumps charts a carefree act of
"What do you expect when you leave me here alone?"
she asks coyly, as if by way of justifiable explanation. "You
wouldn't want me to be lonely."
That's not to say this is a depressing break-up album. With modern
beats over soulful jazz, the sheer variety offered means that
you'll be inclined to hear these songs on Jazz FM, in the morning,
and a club the same night.
Songs such I Heard Love Is Blind and (There Is) No
Greater Love show she can cut it with the likes of Erykah
Badu and Billie Holiday, while more modern tracks as In My
Bed and Amy Amy Amy offer a greater indication of what
is to come in the future for Miss Winehouse.
Quite simply, magnificent.
1. Stronger Than Me (Jazz Intro)
2. You Send Me Flying (Cherry)
3. Know You Now
4. Fuck Me Pumps
5. I Heard Love Is Blind
6. Moody's Mood For Love (Teo Licks)
7. (There Is) No Greater Love
8. In My Bed
9. Take The Box
10. October Song
11. What It Is About Men
12. Help Yourself
13. Amy Amy Amy (Outro)