• 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. Feb 7, 2012
    80
    It's a gift to hear anything from Winehouse in the wake of her untimely death, and this new compilation features true treasures.
  2. Dec 20, 2011
    80
    Lioness: Hidden Treasures preserves the gift of a true diamond in the rough.
  3. Uncut
    Dec 12, 2011
    80
    Most of it so beautiful and effortless and easy, and no matter how much you want to look for ghoulish clues, it sounds like a great new record by someone spectacularly alive. [Jan 2012, p.83]
  4. Dec 8, 2011
    80
    The selections range from pre-Frank material to the last song she ever recorded, all united by a distinctive rawness, her voice kept naked and slightly flawed, despite the sophisticated production.
  5. Dec 6, 2011
    80
    If the songwriting isn't strong enough to make listeners confuse this with a Back to Black follow-up, the productions and performances are up to her high caliber.
  6. 75
    As posthumous albums go, it's leagues beyond hastily assembled fare like Michael Jackson's Immortal. That's a credit to producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson.
  7. Dec 19, 2011
    70
    While Lioness may not be the perfect Amy Winehouse album, it's all we have, which seems to be enough.
  8. Dec 14, 2011
    70
    Lioness: Hidden Treasures is an appropriately muted set, with Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi producing an honourable and moving tribute to the Amy Winehouse.
  9. 70
    Winehouse was an undeniably gifted singer and a unique talent. There are pieces of Lioness that reflect that clearly, and others that don't do as good a job.
  10. Dec 6, 2011
    70
    This is a sad record. A grab bag of outtakes, unreleased tracks, demos, covers and song sketches, these recordings feel like a gut punch.
  11. 70
    "Lioness" is just the scraps of what might have been.
  12. Dec 9, 2011
    63
    There's little on Lioness: Hidden Treasures that sounds throwaway, or like it should have never been released; but there's equally little that sounds absolutely essential.
  13. 63
    The 12-song compilation is slight on new insights....But as vault-emptying collections go, Lioness helps rebut the tabloid qualities of her life and death, and return some of the focus back to what won her such allegiance--her voice.
  14. Mojo
    May 31, 2012
    60
    [Amy Winehouse had] something compelling, human and wonderful, and it surfaces just enough on this compilation to make it worthy of her name. [Jan 2012, p.91]
  15. Q Magazine
    Dec 22, 2011
    60
    An admirable tribute if frequently deafened by the echo of its tragic catalyst. [Jan 2012, p.121]
  16. Dec 13, 2011
    60
    Her talent and voice makes up for the fact that Lioness isn't really an album, but more like a collection of unfinished business.
  17. Dec 12, 2011
    60
    Half of the dozen tunes here are good enough to make this release essential listening for Winehouse fans, but if you are not one already, buy one of her other releases first.
  18. Dec 8, 2011
    60
    With an emphasis on covers, the overall mood is frustratingly lighter than Winehouse's two studio LPs. It's missing the pointed wit, energy and hard-fought candour that marked her best material, but her considerable vocal swagger is unmistakable.
  19. 60
    Covers make up the backbone of this perfectly enjoyable, but tame release.
  20. Dec 2, 2011
    60
    Leaves listeners sadly wondering where a less-troubled Amy might have been able to take her incredible talent.
  21. Dec 1, 2011
    60
    There are early recordings that would probably never have seen the light of day had the artist lived.
  22. 60
    While "Lioness" is a far better posthumous collection than Michael Jackson's Michael, from almost exactly a year ago, it's a poor substitute for the high-octane musicality of Frank and Back To Black.
  23. Nov 30, 2011
    60
    It's a pleasure to hear her scatting her way through moods and melodies, sketching vocals out, even when they don't work.
  24. Dec 13, 2011
    58
    The result is a collection so clean-scrubbed that it sometimes seems to be eulogizing an entirely different singer than the one fans remember.
  25. Dec 5, 2011
    50
    "Lioness" adds nothing of substance to the Winehouse narrative, nor do its individual tracks showcase the best of her writing or singing.
  26. "Lioness" reinforces what we already knew: Winehouse was, in every sense, wasted.
  27. 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.
  28. 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
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 56
  2. Negative: 4 out of 56
  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. Jun 24, 2018
    9
    It could've been better than including a few demos and presenting this a new album. I love Song for You and Our Day will Come.

    She's dearly
    It could've been better than including a few demos and presenting this a new album. I love Song for You and Our Day will Come.

    She's dearly missed, what a talent.
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