Amy Winehouse burst onto the scene sometime last year and with good reason: She's got a great vibe going on in her music.
Her biggest sales success has come from the track "Rehab, " but there are a few listenable tracks that make you want to go back for more. "Tears Dry on Their Own", "Back to Black, " "Me and Mr. Jones, " and "You Know I'm No Good" are other highlights on this album.
Let's be frank here: This is not a CD for the kiddies. It also isn't a CD for rocking out to. Winehouse never intends her music to be as such.
However, Back to Black is certainly one of those CDs to put on if you have company over for some time to chill out. Think liquor drinks and relaxing conversations. Or perhaps something to listen to over dinner. The ice softly clinks in chilled tumbler glasses.
In short, Back to Black is an album that has a great mix of soul and light jazz, with a jigger of Motown mixed on some tracks. Some of these tracks downright mimic the soul of Ray Charles and The Supremes, when they handled serious and deep topics. Beautiful music that does not insult your ears.
Winehouse has a story to tell with each song, and does it well here.