Frank - Amy Winehouse
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  • Summary: Amy Winehouse's debut album is finally out in the US four years after it was first released in the UK.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. Frank is a superb debut album that announces Amy Winehouse as a major young talent. With hardly any weak tracks on here, it's frightening to think what she could produce in the years to come.
  2. Her first album--a UK smash in '03, now being issued here-- bristles with fiercer intelligence, though it lacks the classic soul-warmth of the Mark Ronson-produced Black. [16 Nov 2007, p.79]
  3. Frank inevitably feels like a warm-up for Black, but as rough drafts go, this one's a keeper.
  4. Here, her vocals--less developed and wobblier than now, yet still astounding--and tell-it-like-it-is lyrics ('Fuck Me Pumps') take center stage.
  5. Frank is an honest, refreshingly personal record which, though very occasionally strays into easy jazz, has Gucci bags of personality.
  6. Frank was hailed as a star-making debut when it was issued in Britain four years ago. Heard today, its glossy admixture of breezy funk, dub and jazz-inflected soul makes a somewhat less dazzling impression.
  7. None of her songs here are as indelible as 'Rehab' or as cutting as 'You Know I'm No Good'--and the best are co-written with Nas and Fugees collaborator Salaam Remi.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 6 out of 26
  1. EinarJ.
    Jan 26, 2008
    This is an amazing fresh debut of warmth, soul and a melancholy voyage in the quest for love. I will undoubtedly say that I first listened to 'Back To Black' and loved it. When first listening to 'Frank', I found it somewhat less accessible and not nearly as catchy. When I revisited the album, however, I found out that this album was amazing. Winehouse sings with sorrow and always seems to lose i relationships. 'Fuck Me Pumps' is the most amazing track I've heard by Winehouse and hope that she will remain on the market until she finds that fictional ideal man. Expand
  2. Aidan
    Feb 20, 2008
    This is a fantastic album, exposing the contemporary music industry for the fake that it is. Ms. Winehouse is one of the few true artists in the world today, complete with human frailty and beauty. Ms. Winehouse's jazz-advent album proves that with enough talent and creativity, music can be fun again. For those stuck on her battle with drug addiction, take a look at some of your favorite artists, starting with classical. . . Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2013
    I love this album. Probably it's just me, but this is better than Back to Black, I can't believe that this was a commercial failure. It sounds very underrated and very original. "Stronger than me" & "F*ck Me Pumps" are the best songs. Buy it now. Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2010
    In "Frank," we see a full album of the year not seen in albums that inusse r&b, jazz and soul, there is evidence of great classic, but there are songs of truth, wrapped by the voice of Winehouse, implanting in our minds a interpretation of velvet, a very nice night scene, no errors, except that its size to reduce the serene charm of the album, yet brilliant. Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2012
    Far less produced and therefore that bit rawer than her smash hit album "Back to Black", "Frank" still has her unmistakable soul/jazz sound. Her voice brings the songs, which are generally just above average, up a couple of notches. Fans of "Back to Black" might not like the rougher edges of this, but everyone will appreciate her vocal talents on show here. Expand
  6. Mark
    Feb 9, 2008
    Tessa needs to realise how pop stars, their egos, and their media profiles function. It's Winehouse's tabloid coverage that enables her to maintain her popularity. In that sense her drug 'problem' is the very thing she's clinging to. I also don't like the idea that it's a 'problem' when Winehouse has more support and resources available to her than most drug addicts. She chooses to do drink and drugs. I don't sympathise with her at all, because I have more than two brain cells. And this album is utterly mediocre. Not 'bad', just uninspiring and derivative. Like 99% of modern music. Expand
  7. BeautifulCreature
    Jan 14, 2008
    MetaCritic never posts my reviews

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