Back To Black

  • Record Label: Republic
  • Release Date: Mar 13, 2007
Metascore
81

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. Uncut
    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. Q Magazine
    70
    She's just as full of herself, but she now has a voice brimming with womanly promise. [Nov 2006, p.149]
  6. Mojo
    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. Rolling Stone
    60
    The tunes don't always hold up. But the best ones are impossible to dislike. [22 Feb 2007, p.76]
  8. 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]
  9. It's a superb comeback, and one of the best albums of the year.
  10. There's something beguilingly perverse about the incongruity between Winehouse's trifling lyrical concerns and Back To Black's wall-of-sound richness.
  11. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    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 is just a darkly rockin' good time, which will hopefully spark a new trend away from R&B's sickening slickification.
  13. Back to Black stands in testament to the fact that talent and originality still exist.
  14. Blender
    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 wonderfully time-twisted batch of songs. [12 Mar 2007]
  17. 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]
  18. 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.
  19. Back To Black is by far the best popular soul album I’ve heard this year.
  20. Urb
    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
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 273 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 110
  2. Negative: 9 out of 110
  1. 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 andThis 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. Feb 18, 2015
    10
    It's like Prefix Magazine said... Back to Black stands in testament to the fact that talent and originality still exist. Amy was an amazingIt's like Prefix Magazine said... Back to Black stands in testament to the fact that talent and originality still exist. Amy was an amazing singer and songwriter and this album is the prove of the pretty soul that Amy has to give to all listeners. Full Review »
  3. Sep 24, 2011
    10
    This album is one of the best I've ever heard.