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
  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. 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. Nov 6, 2013
    10
    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
  2. 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. Stellar debut from a girl with a big voice and a wonderful talent. R.I.P. Expand
  3. Jul 26, 2013
    10
    Frank is Back To Black's neo-soul older sister. Creativity just oozes out of this record, from the first track to the very last one. Every song gripped me as a listener and held me tight for a constant two or three weeks. I couldn't turn this record off, and for good reasons. Back To Black is a modern classic, same should be said about this underrated masterpiece. For how young Amy was when she recorded this record, she had the chops to make an album as good and even better than Back To Black. I could go on all day comparing her only two records, but the truth is they're hardly even comparible. Frank incorporates more sounds and a younger vibe and vision, while Back To Black was an older Winehouse going through men and drug issues. Two completely different records. Amy sounds much more conservative and pure in this album, and her songwriting is poetry.

    All In All, Amy Winehouse was meant to be a singer, and as far as debuts go, this is one of the best I've ever had the pleasure to listen too. A
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  4. Sep 30, 2010
    9
    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. Jun 3, 2012
    9
    Amazing Debut Album!
    One Of The Best Of 2007!
  6. 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" 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
  7. Sep 28, 2012
    7
    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

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