Back To Black - Amy Winehouse

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Although Back to Black does see her deserting jazz and wholly embracing contemporary R&B, all the best parts of her musical character emerge intact, and actually, are all the better for the transformation from jazz vocalist to soul siren.
  2. Back to Black finds a fearless artist saying whatever she damn well pleases.
  3. Fortunately, Winehouse has been blessed by a brassy voice that can transform even mundane sentiments into powerful statements.
  4. 80
    While never musically abrasive, [it] is riddled with enough trademark lyrical barbs and sung with sufficient Eartha Kitt-ish snarl that the listening is never too easy. [Nov 2006, p.134]
  5. She's just as full of herself, but she now has a voice brimming with womanly promise. [Nov 2006, p.149]
  6. 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]
  7. The tunes don't always hold up. But the best ones are impossible to dislike. [22 Feb 2007, p.76]
  8. There's something beguilingly perverse about the incongruity between Winehouse's trifling lyrical concerns and Back To Black's wall-of-sound richness.
  9. 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]
  10. It's a superb comeback, and one of the best albums of the year.
  11. 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]
  12. Back to Black stands in testament to the fact that talent and originality still exist.
  13. Back To Black is just a darkly rockin' good time, which will hopefully spark a new trend away from R&B's sickening slickification.
  14. 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]
  15. Her efforts have crafted a soul album that is resistant to any claims of mere charlatanism, a record that brings a modern tongue to a classic style.
  16. A guileless, brutal breakup album that can sit with the best of them, set to the sounds of music's finest early rock moments. [17 Mar 2007]
  17. There isn't a second's worth of music here that doesn't come mink-swathed in note-perfect retro sound, or a song that isn't worthy of it.
  18. A wonderfully time-twisted batch of songs. [12 Mar 2007]
  19. Back To Black is by far the best popular soul album I’ve heard this year.
  20. 80
    Back to Black is overflowing with the '60s Supremes warmth that has been fully absent from the "standards" of today's R&B. [Apr 2007, p.108]
  21. To put it succinctly, Amy Winehouse has made a really good record.
  22. 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.
  23. Even if her vulgarity is her main selling point, she's more than just a novelty act.
  24. Who needs love when heartbreak sounds this bloody good?
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 189 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 103
  2. Negative: 9 out of 103
  1. Dec 6, 2010
    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. Full Review »
  2. Aug 24, 2010
    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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  3. Nov 15, 2013
    This is by far my favourite album made by a British female artist. It is a true testament to the artist she was and it's such a shame she did not get to create a third tremendous effort. Full Review »