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Amy Winehouse

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On April 30, 2007 @ 5:30 pm In Digital Media,Music | Comments Disabled

[1] Yet another talented UK vocalist taking her cues from the past, but with a modern twist: Amy Winehouse [2]. Winehouse’s 2nd album, Back to Black, [1] freshens up the classic soul albums with original songs done in the style of the 1950/60′s girl groups.

New Yorker Magazine got it just right — “a fierce English performer whose voice combines the smoky depths of a jazz chanteuse with the heated passion of a soul singer.” I hate when people compare a new performer with the greats, but you can say that stylistically, she falls between Billie Holiday and Ronnie Spector.

This is the fourth musician we’ve spotlighted, who have gone retro — delving into an older genre and freshening it up (Bitter:Sweet [3], James Hunter [4] and Joss Stone [5] were the first three). Except for Bitter:Sweet, they all seem to hail from England.

There’s a good interview here [6] and 4 videos of acoustic versions of her songs after the jump (I cannot link to AOL’s DL as its a terribly annoying site)


Here’s a stripped down acoustic version of Valerie, that does a nice job showing off her voice:

She gives the same treatment to the big single Rehab

and to You Know I’m No Good

(Studio video for You Know I’m No Good [7] video)

and Love is a Losing Game

The title song, Back to Black [8] and Tears Dry on Their Own [9]

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[1] Image: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000N2G3RY/thebigpictu09-20

[2] Amy Winehouse: http://www.amywinehouse.com/

[3] Bitter:Sweet: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000C6NNVA/thebigpictu09-20

[4] James Hunter: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2006/12/a_different_kin.html

[5] Joss Stone: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2007/03/joss_stone.html

[6] here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx-wmB35Oew

[7] You Know I’m No Good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFVM5pVTwkM

[8] Back to Black: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aygAu1x2uQo

[9] Tears Dry on Their Own: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=701q09K5uOI

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