In 2006, a British born singer released her raw jazz inspired second album and forever changed the music industry. The late Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ ushered in a new era of music. The horns, the woodwinds, the wandering bass lines, the crackling analogue drum tone and especially her haunting vocals and captivating lyrics made Back to Black an instant classic and Winehouse a household name.
Amy, The Girl.
A tatted-up, boozed-out Brit bringing hip-hop vernacular into vintage American R&B was unheard of in 2006. The star lived a controversial life, indulging in drugs and alcohol that kept her name in headlines until her untimely death in 2011. While she struggled to fight her own personal demons, the media and a addiction, Winehouse still managed to achieve major success.
Back to Black, The Album.
Back to Black remains a singular classic because of not only her unique voice, but also her because of her crushingly honest point of view.
The uptempo hit that arguably introduced her to the world, “Rehab,” wrung joy out of the most dangerous kind of refusal, a giddy declaration of self-knowledge. She’s declining rehab not because she doesn’t drink but because she understands exactly why she drinks—nothing medical, just repeatable phases of heartbreak. “It’s not just my pride / It’s just till these tears have dried,” she sings in the bridge as Ronson brings the band to the height of its ecstasy, a moment of liberating clarity that will color the rest of the album.
Years after her tragic death at 27, Winehouse’s music will remain and an influence of the era and timeless classic. At the 50th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, Back to Black won Best Pop Vocal Album and was also nominated for Album of the Year. At the same ceremony, Winehouse won four additional awards meaning that she ties with five other artists as the second-most awarded female in a single ceremony. Back to Black sold 3.58 million copies in the UK alone, becoming the UK’s second best-selling album of the 21st century. By 2013, the album had sold over 12 million copies worldwide.
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