Release Date: Nov 20, 2007
Record label: Universal
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
Winehouse sounds as if she has performed a thousand times in smoky jazz clubs. So it comes as some surprise to learn that she is just 19 and was raised in north London. Sitting somewhere between Nina Simone and Erykah Badu, Winehouse's sound is at once innocent and sleazy. She claims that she can only write about what she has already learned, but she makes some starkly candid and humorous social observations on the fun-poking Fuck Me Pumps and the brazen single, Stronger Than Me.
Hearing 2003’s Frank the first time around, I can’t say I was knocked out by Amy Winehouse’s supper club jazz singing, and the album hasn’t improved with age. Five years ago, the then 20-?year-?old clearly hadn’t yet found her sound (that would require considerable input from the Dap-?Kings and Mark Ronson), but Frank does offer a glimpse of the young singer/songwriter’s early promise. The Frank album was nominated for a Mercury Prize, and the lead single, Stronger Than Me, won her an Ivor Novello award for best contemporary song.