AMY WINEHOUSE ‘LIONESS: HIDDEN TREASURES’ AND OTHER NEW CD RECOMMENDATIONS

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This is a sad record. A grab bag of outtakes, unreleased tracks, demos, covers and song sketches, these recordings feel like a gut punch. They remind you, first and foremost, of that voice – one of pop music’s most instantly recognizable vocal imprints, a sound that leapt out of your speakers and seized you by the ears. Here, as always, Amy Winehouse‘s singing is both raggedy and dramatic, winking and insouciant, full of high drama and a breezy sense of play – sometimes all those things at the same time.

Sadder still, what’s not here. Winehouse was a talent in formation. Her debut album, the jazzy retro-soul Frank (2003), was promising but flawed: her appealing mix of London homegirl brassiness and classic-pop chops was undermined by her overly mannered singing and an unsure songwriting touch. On Back to Black (2006), she turned from sass to melodrama – with help from producer Mark Ronson and a pile of old Shangri-Las 45s – and recorded wrenchingly beautiful (and funny, and potty-mouthed) songs about love and addiction. But she was still finding her feet as a singer and a songwriter when she died. On Lioness: Hidden Treasures, there are charming reminders of what was: the stirringly stately “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” cover, an alternate version of “Tears Dry.” But it’s hard not to believe that Winehouse died with her best work in front of her. We’ll never hear those records, and the silence is deafening.Rolling Stone

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