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Reflections of Amy and 'Back To Black',
This review is from: Back To Black (Audio CD)
I said it a few times and I suspect many of you also said it. "They'll find her dead one day soon", "She can't go on like this", "I'm amazed she has lasted this long". Well, Amy has gone at the age of 27 and ,paradoxically, for all of my previous statements, I actually expected her to get through all of her addictions and emerge as a major musical force again. Of course it's a tragic waste just as it is when any young life is ended in such a way but it is what it is unfortunately, a massive talent snuffed out when there was potentially so much more to come from her.
Of course it was self inflicted and could even be seen to be a long and very painful suicide but do we really think that Amy wanted to die at such a young age? She was ill and her tiny 4ft 11" body just couldn't hold out any more. From a selfish viewpoint, I feel annoyed that there were only two albums from her and I feel frustrated when I wonder what she would have released in future. An album of pure jazz?, another soul tinged album or even a cover of Rat Pack songs? Can you imagine what Amy could have done with songs like 'One For My Baby' or 'Mr Bojangles'?. Yet that is all we can do now, imagine. There may well be a third album which will probably be over produced and vocally enhanced, who knows?
This album will be her masterpiece and it is a great album. There are several fantastic tracks with my favourite being the superb 'Back To Black' with it's moody beat and atmospheric despair. 'You Know I'm No Good' is terrific and ' Love Is A Losing Game' will be covered by many artists now. This is five star music from a five star talent and if this is her true musical legacy then it is a marvellous one.
I was surprised at just how much her death bothered me as I would never of classed myself as a massive fan, I just liked her. It's the feeling of not realizing just how good she was and could have been that hits home really and it almost seems unreal that we won't see her antics in the tabloids again. I thought her image was great with her beehive hairdo with the blonde streak and the black eye liner. It made her look so iconic and that's the memory I will keep of her. We can all feel sad about Amy, some might even say good riddance, she only had herself to blame. At the end of the day Amy Winehouse only lived to be 27 and that is a fact. It wasn't meant to be that she had another forty years of success, another ten or more albums to record. 'Back To Black' is a classic album and it is a fitting tribute to a destructive and brilliant talent.