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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

Good Debut album

This CD was refreshing. Some other people may rate Frank low because it wasn't like Back to Black. It wasn't meant to be. Back to Black was Catchy and in many ways more pop. Frank, on the other hand, is more about quality jazz. You gotta have a good taste to understand that jazz doesn't always shoot to be catchy. It's made to display improvisational skills by the artists. It strays away from familiar pop territory in the beats and melodies which make it unique. Winehouse did an amazing job in making the album with jazz but also with an eclectic mix of other types of musical genres. She still manages to convey honesty of her experiences (both good and bad). Perhaps it points to why the album is called Frank. Let's see Britney Spears or other pop divas try to co-write, play guitar, and sing all the various styles that Winehouse manages to cover in her first album. Then you'll understand why she is so great in this first album. And she released originally around 20 years old.

Frank

Excellent album.Was worthy of a Grammy.I guess Americans are a little late sometimes.We must catch up musically .

Amy, You are a Star!!!!

I heard about this album a few years ago, but slept on it and boy did I play myself! This album shines! Classic material!!! This girl, with all her other life issues, is a talent to be recognized!!! I love it!! "Brother", "October Song", "Stronger than Me" and most def, "F-me Pumps"!!! Get it! Don't sleep!!!!

Biography

Born: September 14, 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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