Lioness: Hidden Treasures

  • Record Label: Island
  • Release Date: Dec 6, 2011
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
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  1. Dec 22, 2011
    30
    Only three tracks are of sufficient quality to have seen the light of day and it means you can't help but question the motives behind the release of such an inessential collection.
  2. Dec 5, 2011
    25
    A cash-in thin on new songs that confirms Winehouse was still a long way from finishing up the five-years-in-the-making follow-up to "Back to Black."
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    1
    Winehouse was horribly overrated but surly even Amy fans will fell ripped off but this cheap cash in of B-sides and unfinished recordings.Winehouse was horribly overrated but surly even Amy fans will fell ripped off but this cheap cash in of B-sides and unfinished recordings. Enough said. Full Review »
  2. Dec 7, 2011
    3
    This is not an 'album', it is a collection of hazy b-sides and hastily re-produced recent demos released just in time for the Christmas giftThis is not an 'album', it is a collection of hazy b-sides and hastily re-produced recent demos released just in time for the Christmas gift shopping season. It's not an album to please her fans (though it's nice to hear the great new track "Between the Cheats", the best track here by far) and as such, it seems like a coarse and disappointing way to cash in on the recent interest in Winehouse's music after her early death. There's not a single weak track on the singer's touchstone album, Back To Black--there's a real sense that that album was planned to be as strong, cohesive, and distinctively Winehouse as possible. With the late singer drinking herself to death and only able to record a couple demos post Back to Black, Ronson (the producer here) has no such editing privileges: he's obviously grasping at straws, including mostly material from Winehouse's Frank era and demos from Back to Black. (Frank, by the way, is decidedly timid compared to Back to Black; with Winehouse's vocals especially nasal and her pronunciation a little too polite.) So on Lioness, we're left with a Winehouse cover of "The Girl from Ipanema" that's orchestrated all wrong for her voice, too fast and high; a limp version of "Tears Dry on Their Own" that makes me feel like I just downed a bottle of Nyquil; and a lovely version of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" that was already released...in 2004! Overall, a desperate and disrespectful attempt to wring one more album out of a dead and incredibly talented drunkard. It would have been better to end her discography on Back to Black. Full Review »
  3. May 21, 2014
    7
    Even though Lioness is far from what was expected from Amy Winehouse, it's a blessing to hear whatever we are allowed to over the loss of notEven though Lioness is far from what was expected from Amy Winehouse, it's a blessing to hear whatever we are allowed to over the loss of not just the hope for a brilliant future for music industry, as well of one of the greatest talents of the world. Full Review »