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Frank originally appeared in the UK in 2003, and was only released in the US in the fall of 2007, after the great success of Back to Black (2006). Listening to Frank after living with Back to Black for a year may confuse some people (Is she jazz? Is she R&B?). Worse, it may prevent some fans from having an appropriate appreciation for the immense, raw talent exuded here by a mere 19-year-old, before finding herself in the distracting glare of a public spotlight. The intro with Winehouse’s own brand of jazz scatting segues into first single “Stronger Than Me,” where her supple vocals hint at what’s to come: not only do they possess great power, intimacy, restraint, and attitude, but also an unbridled passion for the craft of the song. Her songwriting skills are as sharp as her vocal instincts, and the strongest tracks here are her own, which is saying something, considering she covers – beautifully – two jazz classics, “Moody’s Mood for Love” and “There Is No Greater Love.”  Shadows of Sade and trip-hop (“In My Bed”), bossa nova rhythms (“Cherry”), and classic jazz vocalizing (“Know You Now,” “Take the Box”) give Frank a variety of textures. Show-stopper “F-Me Pumps” is a brassy, soulful stab at club girls, and almost overshadows other standouts like the self-questioning “Amy Amy Amy” (“where’s my moral parallel?”) and its intoxicating allure. This debut deserved every bit of the adulation received upon its release in the U.K., and that’s a rare thing.

Customer Reviews

Amazing

A true talent, original and soulful....a breath of resh air in a sea of bland rock, dumb rap and silly pop. A great find for anyone looking for a great chillout record

Amy,Amy,Amy!!!

This album is amazing on so many levels. It's so diverse and yet the whole album flows beautifully. Amy's moody, powerful and charismatic vocals give this the sound of an artist on their 5th or 6th album, not their first. Tracks like Take the box, stronger than me and Help yourself show just how brilliant this album is. If u want a unique mixture of jazz, soul, r&b, hiphop and chillout, this is definately for you!

Genius

Save brain power... Don't think about it, just buy it !!!!

Biography

Born: 14 September 1983 in Enfield, England

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Much can be said about the late Amy Winehouse, one of the U.K.'s flagship vocalists during the 2000s. The British press and tabloids seemed to focus on her rowdy behavior, heavy consumption of alcohol, and tragic end, but fans and critics alike embraced her rugged charm, brash sense of humor, and distinctively soulful and jazzy vocals. Her platinum-selling breakthrough album, Frank (2003), elicited comparisons ranging from Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to Macy Gray and Lauryn Hill. Interestingly...
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