Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
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Universal acclaim- based on 198 Ratings

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  • Summary: Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi produced the British soul singer's second album, which was released to great acclaim in the UK in 2006.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. It's precisely Winehouse's lyrics... that raise this expertly crafted set into the realm of true, of-the-minute originality. [16 Mar 2007, p.67]
  2. Back to Black stands in testament to the fact that talent and originality still exist.
  3. 90
    Winehouse remains one of modern music's most original voices and is now emerging as arguably the finest soul singer of her generation. [Nov 2006, p.116]
  4. To put it succinctly, Amy Winehouse has made a really good record.
  5. It works - even though this area of pop culture has been mined remorselessly for the past 50 years - by dint of its clever melody lines and smart lyrics.
  6. 70
    [It] sounds fantastic--partly because the production nails sample-ready '60s soul right down to the drum sound' and partly because Winehouse is one hell of an impressive singer. [Apr 2007, p.121]
  7. Disappointing, then, that the eight-track ‘bonus disc’ opens with a cover of a cover: a lo-fi version of ‘Valerie’. [Review of Deluxe Edition]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 104
  2. Negative: 9 out of 104
  1. Nov 22, 2011
    10
    R.I.P Amy Winehouse. She's one of my favorite artist and I will miss her. She is my favorite live performer. I love her unique, soulful soul. In this album, she sings about love and drugs. The album won 5 Grammys in 2008. Back to Black is one of my favorite album of all time. Miss you Amy. Expand
  2. May 21, 2014
    10
    Back To Black's ultimate perfection gives viability to the fact that Winehouse's raw talent and flawless originality give the music industry the light at the end of the tunnel it so desperately needed. Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2010
    10
    This album is one of the best album I've ever heard. Best classy production, promising vocals, and honest lyrics brings the best of Amy and the album. No boring songs and every song is a need to hear. Expand
  4. Jan 25, 2012
    9
    The reason I love Amy Winehouse is because she's brutally honest, and she doesn't shy away from her honesty in Back To Black. Tracks like "Rehab" and "Addiction" completely show what Amy Winehouse is about. This is a great album from start to finish. Her vocals are beautiful, her lyrics are honest, and the production is amazing. Amy Winehouse was a wonderful singer and her legacy will live on. A- Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2010
    8
    This album surprized me. Im not a paticular "Jazz" fan, but this album was god. plain and simple, no one can deny that. While listening to "Rehab" i actually got chills. That's how well Winehouse can paint a picture with her voice. Expand
  6. Jul 2, 2012
    8
    This album turns out to be very beautiful. Her voice is extraordinary. But what carries this album are Winehouse's lyrics. They do it all on their own. The lyrics are very deep and completely emotional. You can't help but want to cry during some songs. For example, the sentimental Love Is A Losing Game and the breezy and weepy Wake Up Alone. Although, the album does get a little repetitive. With the songs Some Unholy War and He Can Only Hold Her, the songs sound so similar it's as if you are listening to the same song over again. Some songs get a bit woozy at times, like the breakdown in Back to Black. But the songs are sang in such an emotive manner, that you feel like she is truly being sincere and is not faking the emotion. 'Back to Black' is an album that satisfies the listener and brings tears to the eyes at times. It is a beautiful lyrical masterpiece. HIGHLIGHTS: Rehab, Love Is A Losing Game, Me & Mr. Jones, Tears Dry On Their Own, Addicted. Expand
  7. Aug 24, 2010
    8
    A very good album from the amazingly talented Amy Winehouse. There's not a great deal to say; it has its selection of great songs (the best, in my opinion, being "Addicted" and "Tears Dry On Their Own") but also has some less catchy songs, like all albums. Her uncommon talent makes up for this, and she provides us with a brilliant British jazz album. It sold in its truckloads, and rightly so; it's a good album. However, I never really gained much from it. It will never be a favourite of mine, as good as it may be.
    8/10. Why? Although an amazing musical album, it failed to touch me or become a favourite.
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