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4.0 out of 5 stars A passionate, soulful affair., 5 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Audio CD)
"Lioness" consists of 12 previously unreleased archive recordings and alternate takes, compiled by long-time friends and producers including Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, in the wake of her death this July, aged just 27.
In the wrong hands, this might have been a slapdash collection, but "Lioness" is presented with genuine tenderness and it never paints Winehouse as a tragic diva stereotype.
The focus, quite rightly, is her vocal talent - not just its soulful power but also its stylistic range. And while there's an obvious melancholy in hearing Winehouse's tones again, there's also dreamy warmth, demonstrated by the opening reggae version of "Our Day Will Come" (originally by 1960s group Ruby & The Romantics Our Day Will Come: the Very Best of Ruby & the Romantics).
Some of these tracks predate Winehouse's 2003 debut album, "Frank": there's her jazzy teenage take on "The Girl From Ipanema" and the arguable stand-out, elegant original soul melody "Halftime" (dating back to 2002).
Her casual charm and command elevates the familiar covers, whether it's The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" or another reworking of The Zutons' "Valerie".
There are also curious collaborations: Like "Smoke" is infused with Nas's rap homage to his Camden 'homie', while Winehouse's final studio recording is "Body & Soul", a vintage jazz cut with 85 year old crooner Tony Bennett.
Essentially, the material on "Lioness" should have been a foundation, not a memorial, but it feels like a passionate affair.
The end notes are sweet, full of unmistakeable personality and resonance. A Haider

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Showing 1-6 of 6 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 5 Dec 2011 18:32:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2011 16:38:29 GMT
amazon says:
The worst track, at least for me, is just the duet with clever, ubiquitous Tony Bennett.
He was smart enough to "grab" Amy just in time, and because of that, his commercial "Duet" album is selling so well. I don't like it at all.
"In this duet, does she veer into self-parody". J. Bush
It is good, anyway, that this track is included in this set, in order that people can buy this album, instead of the Bennett's one.
For the rest of the album, she is just sooooooooooooo good!
I like her!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2011 22:15:40 GMT
Dr Johnson says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2011 03:10:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2011 03:12:34 GMT
Forget about it. Relax! It's so clear!
Credit is in front of you!
I like the review by A. Haider..
At least, it's a good one.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2011 12:19:14 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2011 15:29:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2011 15:44:38 GMT
Mr.Style Joe says:
I agree with first comment.
Well, once he was good.
But for a little more of spotlight and notoriety, he has definitlely jeopardized a luminous career with those 'duets" money oriented exercises...which somebody nowadays has named : The Vampire Duets!
Who is the...Vampire?
So sad!

Posted on 22 Jan 2012 20:31:58 GMT
M. D. Pithie says:
Amy was clearly one of the most talented singers we have seen for some time. This cd goes some way to illustrating that. I often think of her as being similar to the likes of Holliday and Washington , as well as a possible female equivalent to someone like Van Morrison...
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