Garage Radio Magazine
 Member Options 
   Login
   Logout
   Lost password?
Your Status:

Become a member?


You are Anonymous user. You can register for free by clicking here

 Sponsored Links 
There is a problem right now with this block.

 GR On MySpace 


 Past Articles 
Thursday, April 26
· Maggie Sayles Releases Debut Trust
Sunday, April 22
· Karlex Launches First High-Speed TGV Train Tour In France
Tuesday, April 17
· Grayson Manor Set To Enter Studio With Mike Clink
Sunday, April 15
· New York Punk Rocker Is South Pacific Deity
Saturday, April 14
· MusicDish Asks 'Are You Ready To Innovate?' At NewMusicWest 2007
· Rose Beach Brings 'Family Love' To MusicDish Network
· Folk Artist Thomas Earl Releases Masterful CD Golddust Magic
· Old Sounds Become New On Roddo Fab Industries Release
Tuesday, April 10
· Calling All Musicians For Music To Be Placed In Upcoming Bratz Flick
Sunday, April 08
· Shaw Blades

Older Articles

Amy Winehouse: Back To Black

Genre: Soul, R&B Indie Pop
Label: Universal Republic

Picture yourself in a smoky bar, sipping a gin martini, while attempting to get a good look at the vocalist on the tiny stage through the cigarette haze. That is where Amy Winehouse will take you on her second release, Back To Black. With an Etta James like voice that will knock you flat, and a directness that will make some blush, Amy gives you every piece of her. Focusing on her true life experiences, the London singer/songwriter brings you in to her world of love lost, and alcohol drowned moments. With a precocious blend of 60's soul, classic Jazz, and danceable beats, Winehouse delivers a collection of modern day Motown.

The first song and single, "Rehab" hits you hard from the start. "They tried to make me go to rehab/I said no, no, no..." sets a tone for the entire CD. With a blend of horns, strings and steady drums, Winehouse creates an almost uplifting tone. The sound seems almost Gospel like in its delivery. Defiant to the end, Winehouse states her case that all is fine, she has things totally under control. By the end of the song, one can't argue.

The second track is a true standout. "You Know I'm No Good" shows just how sassy Winehouse can get, all with a soulful delivery that could easily be heard in any Motown collection. With lines like, "I cheated myself like I knew I would," she has no issues with presenting herself in the most honest of lights. With a simple bass and drums intro, the song then takes off with the catchiest of melodies. Excellent horn work on this track with baritone sax, and an almost hip-hop sounding horn interlude before the third verse and to end the song.

"Me & Mr. Jones" pays an homage to the sixties girl groups, such as the Supremes, and the Ronnettes. Complete with echoing harmonies and vocal intro, Winehouse pours everything into each word and note. Not shying away with saying, "What kind of fuckery is this?" to show her displeasure at missing a gig, Winehouse lets her man know exactly how she feels. With the playful melody and backing music, the delivery comes off as nostalgic and not harsh.

With "Love Is A Losing Game," Winehouse shows what a softer side can be. Jazzy guitar is prominent in the beginning of the song, with strings and piano adding to the mix by the second verse. Her voice pains over futile attempts to find that elusive lasting love. Vocally, this track shows off her depth and control.

The title track starts with a simple piano and drum pattern, that leads to Winehouse singing "He left no time to regret/Kept His Dick Wet..." Singing about saying goodbye to a love, only to see them go to someone else, leaving her to go nowhere, Winehouse creates the most emotionally charged track on the CD. When the chorus hits, strings add to the soaring melody, giving it an even darker tone.

With a brutal honesty, and a commanding voice, Amy Winehouse delivers a very dynamic album with Back To Black. When you hear her voice, whether you instantly like it or not, you cannot ignore its raw emotion and tone. Winehouse will take you down paths you may not want to go, and places you may not want to see. But, that is who she is. We are just here for the ride. So, sit back, light another smoke and order a double; the second set is about to start.

Added: April 3rd 2007
Reviewer: Sean Wolcott
Score:
Related Link: Visit Amy Winehouse Online
Hits: 2466
Language: english

  

[ Back to Reviews Index | Post Comment ]


All material on this site is 2004 Garage Radio. Reproducing without express permission is prohibited. GR claims no responsibility for content of comments posted by visitors and members. Please read all GR POLICIES. Web site engine code 2002 PHP-Nuke
Theme: 2003 X-TECH LABS http://www.port-all.org