Κυριακή, 7 Μαΐου 2006

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Amy Winehouse, 22 years old daughter of the city and pupil of the wide musical universe of "stuff that has soul is just such a walking, emoting miracle.
Born and raised in North London, she spent her teenage years balancing school and boyfriends with hours locked in her bedroom, ears glued to classic song chord changes. Her voice however was clearly living a secret life, staying out, getting high, breaking down, going to prison and violating parole by leaving the country with a gun toting maniac gangster. At least it sounds that way. She has the vocal prodigy bit covered. If words have already worn themselves out trying to describe the horny, sleazy, salty spiritual, worldly wise, late night, tired of bullshit, downtown, flirty velvet resonance that makes for a great soul-jazz singer theyre going to fall apart entirely over Amy. That vocal ability would be something in itself, but Camden Girl Sings The Blues is only half the headline here. Amy is not the kind of girl to accept the gift of vocal skills, sit back and replicate what others have done before her. Without making it into a grand plan, and proceeding as if it was the most natural thing in the world (because it is) she has taken her love of jazz and soul and added an infusion of seriously fresh perspective. She might sound like a 40s jazz singer, but she's using forefront beats and lyrics. A one woman guerrilla force reclaiming gritty urban music from R'n'B and hip hop annexation, she's letting her voice go where its meant to go. Her style is not for the candlelit basement. Its out there living in the real world of Gucci bags, Diesel underwear, high heels, breast implants, weed after school, cheating airhead honeys, runaway crushes, and the multiple complexities of male-female relations in the 2000s. Forget about torch themes from yesteryear.
"I wasn't there, so I can't write that," says Amy. "I'm young, man, and I'm a city girl. I can only write about what I've gone through. I couldn't write something that I haven't been through, because its not fair and just the experience of having gone through it, thats the whole song. To me there's no point in doing a song unless its a challenge in every area. I don't tend to do anything unless its a challenge. That's why I started writing songs, really - to challenge myself." Έχουν περάσει δυόμισι χρόνια απ' το ντεμπούτο άλμπουμ της Frank [απ' όπου και το τραγούδι], τραγούδησε το will you still love me tomorrow της Carole King στο soundtrack του Bridget Jones Diary 2, το νέο άλμπουμ της είναι έτοιμο, θα κυκλοφορήσει πριν το φθινόπωρο. Αμήν.
amy winehouse-stronger than me

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