Released: 5th April 2004.
Amy 'surprise Brit nominee' Winehouse's voice sounds rather like Lauryn Hill. Come to think of it, where is Lauryn Hill? Hmmm. With plastic surgery becoming increasingly popular, I wouldn't be surprised if Lauryn had gone under the knife, got herself a British passport and developed a penchant for mesmerising jazzy melodies, delicate lyrics and trippy rolling beats. Brits, be proud.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Alicia Keys should be blushing. Amy Winehouse is a talented North London girl with jazz credentials, who has evidently been advised to up her 'street appeal' to contend with her globally famous counterpart. But while Alicia merges classically trained musical expertise with a pop sensibility and some 70s soul pizzazz, Amy has clearly been told 'copy as best you can'. Amy's voice is genuinely deep and technically able. She conveys the emotion of being lovelorn and blind with desire effectively. However, the backing music veers into empty jazz freestyling with tired production. If she could be herself, she would truly shine!