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Amy Winehouse – Frank (2003)

June 19, 2012

[Album 63/1001]

What do Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Amy Winehouse have in common?  Many would include them as members in the ’27 Club.’

The tragically unique group is comprised of musicians who died at age 27; others on the list include Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, and Robert Johnson. 

Fortunately, before her premature passing in 2011, Amy was able to record Frank.  The title is not just a clever name as it’s also an appropriate adjective to describe much of the lyrics.

The best of the tracks is the scathingly catchy F*** Me Pumps; a very good song, difficult to refrain from singing at inappropriate times afterwards.  Not all the songs are as memorable individually, but it was certainly a take-notice debut.

Her vocal style reminds me at times of Lauryn Hill (Notably on In My Bed) and other songs feel more along the lines of Ella Fitzgerald & Erykah Badu. 

Alas, much of the press about Ms. Winehouse focused on her personal life, which is a shame. 

Years from now, it will be interesting to see how she’s remembered.  If Patti Smith’s tribute, This is the Girl, is an indication, it appears Amy’s brief career won’t soon be forgotten.

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One Comment
  1. ricwcos permalink

    she was so gifted…

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