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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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. There are contradictions--but it's hard not to hear the honesty and soul that resonates throughout this album.
  6. What Frank winds up reinforcing is the fact that Winehouse’s success (unlike name-your-current-American-female-vocalist) is based on pure talent rather than good producers or gimmicks.
  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: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27
  1. Sep 1, 2015
    10
    Such a fabulous and organic album released by a true queen of music, Amy Winehouse. Stronger Than Me is such a great song and there are manySuch a fabulous and organic album released by a true queen of music, Amy Winehouse. Stronger Than Me is such a great song and there are many others on this jazzy debut record, Expand
  2. FredR.
    Jan 31, 2008
    10
    Well I was going to rate this cd 8 or 9, but i thought i had to do something about all those low scores people are giving! "Drink and Drugs" Well I was going to rate this cd 8 or 9, but i thought i had to do something about all those low scores people are giving! "Drink and Drugs" should have nothing to do with the music itself. im sure amy wouldnt want her sales to be "Pity" Sales. No, amy winehouse is a talented young singer, her lyrics are meaningful, her beats are extraordinary. and this album in particular gives us exclusive access to the thoughts and emotions of a young London girl. Expand
  3. Nov 25, 2012
    10
    Overall, I give Frank a 10/10. Though some parts may be better than others, the whole is just an amazing record and one of my favorites.Overall, I give Frank a 10/10. Though some parts may be better than others, the whole is just an amazing record and one of my favorites. Stellar debut from a girl with a big voice and a wonderful talent. R.I.P. Expand
  4. SamiP
    Feb 1, 2008
    9
    An astounding entrance to the music industry, Amy's "Frank" demonstrates that vocal prowess and meaningful lyrics still have radio An astounding entrance to the music industry, Amy's "Frank" demonstrates that vocal prowess and meaningful lyrics still have radio credibility, or at least commercial viability. While not as jazzy and nostalgic as her successor, there is no denying that Winehouse can make the ordinary extraordinary and with candor and tongue-in-cheek magnificence. Bravo Amy! Expand
  5. Nov 14, 2011
    9
    the pitchfork review of frank is probably the biggest piece of **** i've ever seen in my life. how the hell can you compare her "frank" tothe pitchfork review of frank is probably the biggest piece of **** i've ever seen in my life. how the hell can you compare her "frank" to "back to black" seeing as there is a **** 4 year difference?? obviously kinks are worked out of b2b that weren't available for frank, but to me, frank is a lot smoother and possess a pleasing lighter sound than b2b. Expand
  6. CameronM
    Dec 13, 2007
    5
    this album is absolutely terrible compared with back to black.
  7. BeautifulCreature
    Jan 14, 2008
    0
    MetaCritic never posts my reviews

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