Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  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. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    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. Winehouse's record has the feeling of being allowed to grow on its own--without being meddled with and fussed over.
  5. Frank is an honest, refreshingly personal record which, though very occasionally strays into easy jazz, has Gucci bags of personality.
  6. There are contradictions--but it's hard not to hear the honesty and soul that resonates throughout this album.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Hearing 2003’s Frank the first time around, I can’t say I was knocked out by Amy Winehouse’s supper club jazz singing, and the album hasn’t improved with age.
  11. 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.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 123
  1. Dec 9, 2019
    10
    if it was possible i would've rated 10000
    this album is a mix of everything i love about music
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Mar 22, 2022
    8
    A very good attempt to mix jazz with contemporary sounds. A little try of what Amy would do in later years musically speaking.