Amy Winehouse New Album – Reviews are out for Amy Winehouse’s posthumous album, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures,” and so far, they are mixed.
Regardless of what critics have to say, the fans will undoubtedly be glad to get their hands on previously unreleased material, and the album, released Monday in the U.K. (the album will be released Tuesday in the U.S.), will likely do well on the charts.
The 12 tracks, recorded between 2002 and 2008, were chosen by producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, who both worked with Winehouse on other projects. The collection includes the covers “The Girl From Ipanema,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” and a Tony Bennett duet on “Body and Soul.”
Here’s a look at critics’ reviews for “Lioness: Hidden Treasures”:
The New York Times: “Her vocal is jazzy, jumpy and improvisational, with the flutter she picked up from Erykah Badu and the flintiness she learned from Dinah Washington; it’s also thin, slurred and sometimes unintelligible.”
The Guardian: “Ultimately, Lioness is a flawed memorial for a flawed star, whose churning guts were every bit as defining as her distinctive voice. The retro classicists are aggressively claiming Amy for their own here, when in fact Winehouse was so much more than just canon-fodder.”
Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B, noting, “True, as posthumous albums go, it’s leagues beyond hastily assembled fare like Michael Jackson’s Immortal. That’s a credit to producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, who also helmed her 2006 classic Back to Black.”
The Mirror: “The disparate material and incomplete nature of some tracks underline Amy’s absence and the way she’d lost control of her art years before she died at the age of 27.”
The Telegraph: “The random scrappiness of this collection of alternative takes, covers and sketchy new material is made poignant by the context in which it has been released.”
The New York Daily News gave it four stars, explaining, “She sounds like a singer in full command, robust in tone, sure in phrasing. When performing at her best, Amy Winehouse presented the picture of control.”
Winehouse released just two albums in her brief career: 2003’s “Frank” and 2006’s “Back to Black.” She died in July at age 27.