Frank

Frank

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by Amy Winehouse
     
 

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If a series of unfortunate comparisons (like the ones to follow) cause listeners to equate British vocalist Amy Winehouse with Macy Gray, it's only natural. Both come on like a hybrid of Billie Holiday and Lauryn Hill who's had a tipple and then attempted one more late-night set at a supper club than theySee more details below

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If a series of unfortunate comparisons (like the ones to follow) cause listeners to equate British vocalist Amy Winehouse with Macy Gray, it's only natural. Both come on like a hybrid of Billie Holiday and Lauryn Hill who's had a tipple and then attempted one more late-night set at a supper club than they should have. Despite her boozy persona and loose-limbed delivery, though, Winehouse is an excellent vocalist possessing both power and subtlety, the latter an increasingly rare commodity among contemporary female vocalists (whether jazz or R&B). What lifts her above Macy Gray is the fact that her music and her career haven't been marketed within an inch of their life. Instead of Gray's stale studio accompaniments, Winehouse has talented musicians playing loose charts behind her with room for a few solos. Instead of a series of vocal mellifluities programmed to digital perfection, Winehouse's record has the feeling of being allowed to grow on its own -- without being meddled with and fussed over (and losing its soul in the process). Simply hearing Winehouse vamp for a few minutes over some Brazilian guitar lines on "You Sent Me Flying" is a rare and immense pleasure. Also, like Nellie McKay (but unlike nearly all of her contemporaries), Winehouse songs like "Fuck Me Pumps," "Take the Box," and "I Heard Love Is Blind" cast a cool, critical gaze over the music scene, over the dating scene, and even over the singer herself. With "In My Bed," she even proves she can do a commercial R&B production, and a club version of "Moody's Mood for Love" not only solidifies her jazz credentials but proves she can survive in the age of Massive Attack. [Universal Republic released a U.S. version the CD in 2007.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602517265882
catalogNumber:
000892602
Rank:
2935

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Winehouse   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Vincent Henry   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Purse   Baritone Horn,Bass Trumpet
Robert Aaron   Flute,Saxophone
Rudy Bird   Percussion,Shaker
Salaam Remi   Organ
Matt Rowe   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Lenny Underwood   Piano,Keyboards
Gordon Williams   Percussion
Teodross Avery   Saxophone
Commissioner Gordon   Percussion,Drums,Turntables
Jeremy Shaw   Guitar
Richard Wilkinson   Drums
Jenni Fujita   Background Vocals
Delroy "Chris" Cooper   Bass
John Adams   Organ,fender rhodes
Stafford Hunter   Trombone
Errol Campbell   Percussion,Drums
Timothy Hutton   Horn
Tanya Darby   Trumpet
Stefan Skarbek   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Felix Howard   Background Vocals
Salaam "The Chameleon" Rami   Percussion,Electric Bass,Drums,Upright Bass
Luke "Lukvatine" Smith   Bass,Piano,Keyboards
21st Century Jazz   Accompaniment
Jan Barter   Guitar
Donovan Jackson   Organ,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Troy Auxilly-Wilson   Drums

Technical Credits

Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Salaam Remi   Composer
Matt Rowe   Composer,Producer
Marty Symes   Composer
Gordon Williams   Composer
Luke Smith   Composer
Gary Noble   Engineer
Paul Watson   Composer
Commissioner Gordon   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Johnny Rockstar   Producer
Amy Winehouse   Composer,Producer
Astor "Crusty" Campbell   Composer
Stefan Skarbek   Composer,Producer
Felix Howard   Composer
Salaam "The Chameleon" Rami   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Nick Godwyn   Management
Donovan Jackson   Composer
Charles Moriarty   Cover Photo

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