This has been get heavy rotation on Radio 2, and maybe other stations too, and well it should because it's quite terrific. A brazenly confident soulful swagger of a song that more than fulfils the promise Amy Winehouse showed with her debut album Frank.
You may have noticed I used the word soulful there and with very good reason for this song , more than any other I have heard elicits the ambience , gravitas, and sheer exuberance of classic sixties soul music. From the breezy but impeccable arrangement, to the backing horns, to the funny self aware lyrics "Rehab" is a song to be reckoned with. And of course the top hat is well and truly provided by Amy Warehouse's sultry smouldering vocals which prowl around the music like panthers circling a velvet antelope.
It would have very easy for Winehouse, after the success of Frank to flop snugly into the undemanding dinner party market occupied by Dido or Katie Melua but she has adroitly stepped away from the enjoyable jazz inflected strains of her early music for something altogether more assured, audacious and satisfying. If the rest of her forthcoming album ("Back To Black") is anywhere near as fine as "Rehab" that album of the year contest is officially over. At least in my house.