[BACK TO BLACK
Who can forget the irresistible hook from "Rehab" ( "I said, 'no, no, no...'
")? Gosh, I remember seeing the music video on the television, Amy's powerful voice and unusual sound compelling me to pay attention. And I did (for the duration of the music video, at least). That hook is just so catchy!
However, when I listen to the song now, I don't sing along with the chorus as often as I once did, and I find myself singing the verses ("I'd rather be/at home with Ray
"). There's a certain attitude that the song gives that just attracts me to it, and coincidentally, it's that same attitude that Amy carried which is why the world was so attracted to her.
[BACK TO BLACK
Again, more independent-woman jams! I sometimes go on YouTube, and look for Amy interviews. I saw her mention that the general mood of "Frank" was independence ("oh, I don't need you" is what I believe she described it as, whilst doing a little head bop) and the belittlement of men who seem to behave like ladyboys (okay, okay, she didn't say that!).
In contrast, most of "Back To Black" is predominately about attachment (or lack of) in a relationship, and the longing of a partner ("Wake Up Alone", "Back To Black", "Tears Dry On Their Own", etc...). Some of the brash attitude that permeates "Frank" shows up occasionally on "Back To Black", and helps liven up the forlorn atmosphere with tracks like "Rehab" and "Addicted".
And, like in "Rehab", I'm just attracted to the attitude. ("Tell your boyfriend/next time he's around...
FIVE....."STRONGER THAN ME"
Again, more attitude! I can't help but feel sorry for the guy this song is dedicated to! As a guy, I feel almost embarrassed to hear someone say these things in my ear...but then I come back down to Earth, and realize that Amy isn't calling me a ladyboy. She's calling you a ladyboy!