Frank is the debut studio album by English singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse. It was released on 20 October 2003 by Island Records. Production for the album took place during 2002 to 2003 and was handled by Winehouse, Salaam Remi, Commissioner Gordon, Jimmy Hogarth and Matt Rowe. Its title alludes to the nature and tone of Winehouse's lyrics on the album, as well as one of her influences, Frank Sinatra.Upon its release, Frank received generally positive reviews from most music critics and earned Winehouse several accolades, including an Ivor Novello Award. The album has sold over one million copies in the United Kingdom and has been certified triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).Wikipedia
The first (only?) artist on @1001_albums_gen i'd met and being a Camdenite of course know Frank inside out. And what an incredible voice Amy had. I know there is idolisation of stars that die too early - but not here, what a huge, massive loss.
Oh, Amy… 'Frank,' Amy Winehouse’s debut album, refers partly to the quintessential crooner Frank Sinatra, one of Amy’s earliest influences. A couple of tracks in I heard more jazz/blues singer Billie Holiday than Sinatra. Although I would not title Amy’s LP 'Billie' because Ms. Holiday, despite her own problems with men and drugs, had so much more depth (where would one drop ‘Strange Fruit’ among the collection of songs on 'Frank'?), both in voice and lyrics, a multi-dimensional artist in comparison to Amy Winehouse and her singular lyrical focus: hooking up with the bad boys. Every single song on 'Frank' (save one about the death of her pet bird, Ava- ‘October Song’) is about Amy’s desperate and shallow pursuit of masculine affection. Comedian Chris Rock once commented that a father’s main goal in raising a daughter is to keep her off the (stripper) pole. Amy’s mother and brother are briefly mentioned on 'Frank,' but no reference to her father, so who knows what went on there? I have no information nor do I even want to pronounce any kind of judgment on their relationship. Just wondering. I happen to like strong, independent women. And that bleeds over into my musical preference. One of my favorite female artists is Liz Phair, who has made a career out of unashamedly affirming and asserting her own sexuality. One gets the impression from her songs that her family origin might have had its own dysfunction that affected, for example, her ability to choose healthier relationships with men. But Amy is damaged in a way well beyond Liz. On the opener, she cruelly says to her man, ‘You always wanna talk it through, I don’t care… You always wanna talk it through, I’m ok. I always have to comfort you every day. But that’s what I need to do, are you gay?’ Other songs have her sleeping with married men, boasting about it even (‘What Is It About Men’), and then brutally criticizing slutty girls who just want to score a good looking sugar daddy (‘Fuck Me Pumps.’) On ‘I Heard Love Is Blind‘ she excuses (blames, even) her own cheating on her man by asking what did you expect, I was drunk, and he looked like you! But hey, at least ‘I was thinking of you when I came (with the other guy).’ Amy Amy Amy’ features the background singers in chorus pleading with her to get her shit together, but to no avail. Amy is cursed with her attraction to the kinds of dudes who apparently are great in bed but rotten elsewhere. And then there’s the hints of alcohol and substance abuse. Several of the songs have Amy hungover, so the drinking has already begun. The drug abuse, of course, was not far behind, and eventually took her life. Despite the competent jazz players who earn at least a star themselves on 'Frank,' Amy’s sickness just taints the whole thing, at least for this listener. I’m no stranger to the blues, musically or otherwise, but the sadness I feel for Amy is even more pronounced by what could have been. It’s very clear on this LP where she’s headed and the consequences that catch up with all who stumble down her path. ‘I can’t help you if you won’t help yourself,’ she sings to one of her ‘bad boy’ lovers, unknowingly prophesying her own demise. Would that Amy had listened to her own advice.
Loses one star just for not being Back to Black.
Not usually into jazz but honestly it doesn't matter when you hear Amy's voice.
This album is more of a sign of things to come for Amy, as she wouldn’t hit her, unfortunately very short, peak until back to black. But I still love this album, it’s a raw look at the life of a 19 year old who doesn’t know much about the world other than her relationships with the men in her life. It’s honest (hence Frank), and that’s all it needs to be
Nice one to listen once. Do not added smth to my playlist.
such a voice
כמה רגש ויופי וסול מושלם ליום גשום
Gotta love Amy
i know every word, such a slay. fuck me pumps, double slay album art - deserved better, but good 7/10
Outstanding. No idea why I’ve never heard this before
Good stuff from Amy - more laid-back than I expected but none the worse for it
Top, bom pra banho e p fuder
I love everything about her voice! Her music is timeless and cherished
Turns out I love this
holy shit this is amazing? did she only have two albums?! I listened to both Frank and Back to Black, and the deluxe editions of both with the bonus content of course everything is a 10/10 super talented artist, gone way too soon, holy shit that’s depressing
Listen, Fuck me pumps will forever ring out in my house. Big fan of Amy, and this is one of my favorites.
GTFO. Absolute LEGEND of an artist, really just riffing from the depths of her soul, a little bit different every time. I love how jazzy and playful the tracks are, and I just freaking love her, OK?!
An amazing voice and presence on the album. Each track is great.
She's got such a great voice. Awesome album, lots of great songs!
Fantastic, she truly was
Didn't expect to like this but it had some great tunes and really funny lyrics
This album is peak Amy for me. She has some fun with the inevitable Erykah Badu comparisons, but this is a bright new talent, rather than the significantly retro retooled Mark Ronson stuff. I can barely listen to Back to Black due to its ubiquity and idolatry but this? Forever.
fav track: October song
A perfect Sunday morning album.
Quite fucking swanky in my opinion. Kind of a darker, after-hours Norah Jones. I enjoyed this, maybe even more than Back to Black
Id listened before. Her voice was something special & it couldve been legendary
Amy Winehouse was so talented. It was impressive that she could sound so much like singers such as Billie Holiday, but it doesn’t sound like it was a gimmick or an impersonation. Probably my favorite album to come up on here so far.
Very unique sound and voice, lots to pick up on upon repeat listens, classic album
So much Soul. Amy is so incredibly talented and this album hits in all the right places. Easy 5 stars
ok LO AMÉ. fue como poner un tiny desk y eso es decir un montón para mi onda los tiny desk lo son todo para mi(?) 9 / 10 colta
blew me away, did not expect that. i’m familiar with amy, but never got into her full albums, this was phenomenal.
The sassiest and most satisfying sort of soul. An astonishing debut on multiple levels, the conifdent delivery and assuredness, her versatile singing style, from belting to vamping. The lyrics are great, too, with many funny bits ("Fuck Me Pumps," "I Heard Love Is Blind") and empowered feminist (and post-feminist) proclamations ("Stronger Than Me," "What Is It About Men"). A big-time talent strutting her stuff for the first time. One loves the overall vibe and feel of the record, too – the retro instrumentation and song selection, backed by modern beats and 'tudes – "Mr. Magic" is a great exemplar of how this respectfully and intelligently freshens up a classic genre. Excellent all the way around.
This is awesome.
Original, beautiful voice. Loved it
Great Album. Back to Black gets a lot of the love, as it should, but this isn't one to sleep on.
Voice is five plus stars, but the songs are a four minus.
Just a solid album all around. She was taken from us too soon :(
Amy winehouse made awesome music. Her unique modern r&b and jazz combo is super good. It’s not as good as back to black but it’s still full of bangers. Fav: you sent me flying
Solid album. She has an incredible voice and works with very talented musicians. Really like the jazz and soul vibe.
A lot of same-ish sounding tracks, but "Amy Amy Amy" rocks and is the most female-gaze song I've ever heard. I'm surprised more of these tracks don't show up on playlists/mixed tapes, but I couldn't tell you which ones I'd go for besides that "Amy Amy Amy"
Volim jako Amy i njen glas koji bi mogla i a capella slušat, nije bas album kojeg bi stavila u favorite favorita ali sviđa mi se osjećajnost i besramno izražavanje ljubavnih jada, we all can relate
first song strong as FUCK cool and funky but not her best 4.5
schon sehr starkes album, hat mich positiv überrascht
Better than I remembered but too long and not as good as BtB.
Really nice blending of styles, from soul to blues to jazz to indie rock. Wild that this is her first album.
What a talent she was. This type of music doesn't get me going, but she did it so well.
What a generational talent. What Adele wishes she could be.
I liked this a lot! I was a fan of Amy Winehouse before, but like a lot of artists I haven't ever listened to her albums all the way through, I just listened to individual songs. I was really able to hear the Frank Sinatra influence on the album, particularly on Moody's Mood For Love and No Greater Love. There were some much more boring tracks, but overall solid album.
Based as fuck
Alltid fantastisk, bara en 4 för att hon har bättre plattor
This is her best album.
It's Any Winehouse! 'Nuff said.
Pros: - One of the most evocative and romantic voices in popular music - This album is less in-your-face than Back to Black, and while I like in-your-face music, I appreciate the contrast in the two albums. This one is more romance from a positive light. - Lots of different \"feels\" on this album which I really appreciate. Cons: Misc: - The only con for me when listening to Amy is that I can't think of her without thinking of the word \"tragic\". I'm cursed. I think/hope in the future that will go away because I completely adore her and her music. To me it's like being a kid on Christmas day and getting the most fun video game console and a few games, but then after a week or so there aren't any new games released for that console. It's still new! It's still amazing and powerful and brings you so much joy! But you have this sadness that there won't be any new games. I don't recall any other artists that I feel this way about who have passed.
Damn, she’s got swagger. The strength of this album isn’t really in the songs but her performance. Her voice is an elastic band and it’s fun to hear her play with it and riff on these melodies. She’s clearly having a lot of fun. On her next album, she’ll dial back the riffing a smidge and record some truly great songs. But this album captures her raw and unfiltered, doing some loose and jazzy numbers about love, sex and nightlife. The production oozes cool, balancing retro and modern styles, and provides a perfect stage for her to do her thing. Song after song she lets it rip and it’s a blast to listen to.
I'm glad she's in this journey! Have been curious what style she is... she could have been the Brit Lady Gaga!
4/05/2022 Today's Album: "Frank" by Amy Winehouse - This is a fairly solid early 2000s singer song-writer and R&B record by the legendary Amy Winehouse, whom I had only known prior through a few hits. I think her voice is probably the best thing about this record. Not only does she have incredible technical ability in tonality and range, but she also brings a lot of personality to every line she sings. I like a lot of the bass and guitar grooves that are sprinkled across this album, with only a few songs feeling either boring or simply off/underdeveloped. I think my overall problem with listening to this is that Channel Orange was such a solid introduction into R&B music and although this album can be no considered bad, it just doesn't stack up within the R&B pop genre as anything less than a predecessor. Ironically, "Frank" (Ocean) ended up outdoing her. That being said, this is no album to simply shrug at and there is a lot of great material on this project. I like the sweet love song (There Is) No Greater Love and I think Cherry is a really funny interlude track where she confesses that she has feelings for another to her partner, but then admits the other person is her new guitar. I like the very fun and bouncy Amy Amy Amy and all of the other highlights listed are worth checking out if you like some great R&B and even greater vocal performances. Check this one out if Amy Winehouse has ever interested you before or you simply liked other R&B projects and want more. Score: 7.5/10 Pretty good, but dated by comparison Highlights: Stronger Than Me, Cherry, Fuck Me Pumps. No Greater Love, In My Bed, Take The Box, October Song, Amy Amy Amy, Brother, Mr. Magic
Having never heard a performance by Winehouse, I was kind of pleasantly surprised.
Surprisingly jazzy! Not what I expected at all - I guess I only know her from her later stuff.... An engaging and enjoyable listen! Fave track - "Fuck Me Pumps" was great, and I guess the only one of these I'd heard before. Also enjoyed "In My Bed" and "Amy Amy Amy"
Liked it - 4 stars
04/21/2022 Pretty good
Girl that first song… 😒
4 le faltaba producción
I first heard Frank in a wine shop. Which makes me sad. Not the booze and stuff, but because I was trying to become domesticated at the time (I failed), and for a while this became semiotic cue for all the things I foolishly wanted to be at the age of 30 whatever. I guess it was actively disliking Back to Black (I've gone back somewhat on this over the years) that nudged me into listening to this a little more carefully. Winehouse's voice here was subtle, delicate, abrasive, plaintive, brash...I wonder what a different set of producers might have made of her?
Amy's voice is the big seller here. This album was a harbinger for the true greatness that was to come with the next album, but this album holds its own as very good. 3.5/5
Her Back to Black album seems to get all the attention, and in fact I don't think I had listened to this one - but damn it cooks!
Such an incredible talent with such a unique and powerful voice. Taken from us way too soon.
Daydreaming about skull fucking Amy Winehouse is one of the best things you can do with your weekend. In many way it's easier now she's dead. I imagine her singing whilst I cum in her. She sounds heavenly.
Amy's debut album compared to her follow up features a more contemporary R&B sound with trip hop influences, but there is still plenty of classic nuances present as well. Amy's voice sounded incredible even on here, and overall the album's a great time. Favorites: "Stronger Than Me", "You Sent Me Flying", "(There Is) No Greater Love"
A very jazzy album from a talented voice and songwriter. Some great music on this album but my main issue is the Alicia Keys-like drumcomputer in some songs like You Sent Me Flying. Lots of songs could have shone a lot more with a better production. But I know that happened on the next album!
Quite good but there were a few misses/snoozers. Still love her voice and the general vocal jazz + R&B combo. 8/10
7/10. Solid album, but I still don't quite like her singing style.
Soul. Rhythm and blues.
I was aware of Amy Winehouse, but never really listened to any of her music. The album had a very jazzy feel to it and sounded like it would have been performed in a quiet lounge late at night. There were elements of R&B and hip hop throughout and Amy's voice was very captivating. She had an interesting vocal register, being a bit lower than a lot of other female vocalists and having almost smoky quality. This isn't the kind of album I would have sought out on my own, but I did enjoy listening to it.
- I like Stronger Than Me musically, even though lyrically it's... the opposite of feminism - Vocally beautiful, like the trumpet break - You Sent Me Flying has amazing vocals - Fuck Me Pumps is a good song except if you listen to the lyrics. Slut shaming at its finest - I quite like the sound but I kind of hate her as a person now - I Heard Love is Blind is like "why are you mad I cheated on you, it's no big deal" - Monody's Mood For Love is nice, I like the saxophone (don't need Amy to sing) - I kinda like October song
Amazing album. Not the biggest fan of her style but so genuine and real.
Ah Amy Winehouse. Ofcourse I have heard a lot of tracks from back to black. So it was really cool to listen to her debut. I enjoyed it a lot with the combination of jazz,soul and her vocals. 3.5/5
This album shows off the potential for Amy Winehouse and leads to her artistic peak of Back to Black. Frank leads with a classic jazz sound, but it makes my wonder how Amy would feature on more contemporary hip-hop tracks. Too bad she left us so soon. Best Songs: Stronger Than Me, Know You Now, Take The Box Worst Songs: October Song
After all the controversy and the headlines of this artist I never really paid attention to Amy Winehouse. Apparently this was a quote from her about this album... Some things on this album make me go to a little place that's fucking bitter. I've never heard the album from start to finish. I don't have it in my house. Well, the marketing was fucked, the promotion was terrible. Everything was a shambles. It's frustrating, because you work with so many idiots—but they're nice idiots. So you can't be like, "You're an idiot." They know that they're idiots". Not sure if she is right here, because if this was an album made by idiots, those idiots did a pretty damn good job.
Such a beautifully intimate record, and by that, I mean so real. It’s so real. I missed out on her for the most part, but this is telling me that I DID miss out.
I enjoyed returning to this old album, reminding me of who she was before superstardom destroyed her
Spoko, ale Back to Black lepsza
I loved the jazzy feel and her vocal abilities. I closed my eyes and felt like I was in a jazz lounge. Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a sucker for brass instruments so that definitely didn't hurt.
Her voice is just so good. A mix of some dance and older style music but her range is just so good.
One of a kind voice. Beautiful blend of jazz and soul.
Amy is great. Everyone knows that. But this is her debut, and that says something. It’s her right out of the gate, her best foot forward, and it’s spectacular. Absolutely incredible. Forever in our hearts.
Immediately I notice that this album plays into masculinity of a man and how often the men Amy sings of do not fit into this dynamic that she expects. Which, she often then has to fill herself. It’s a bit uncomfortable to listen to as society has moved on from these tropes, but I do think the transcendndence of this phenomenon can be seemed to stem from men not fulfilling the role for her specifically. It gets into sex and sexuality in a way that is for self pleasure and is a satisfying listen. Cherry is probably my favorite song.
Un discazo que para mí muestra lo que pueden hacer los productores que de otro modo hacen pop muy plástico, cuando se juntan con un talento más completo como el de Amy. Quizá me gusta aún más el otro disco, pero también ese tiene menos rolas propias y mucho más peso del productor (Mark Ronson). En cambio en Frank, todas las rolas tienen algo de su autoría.
Nunca le había puesto atención a Amy, fuera de un par de canciones famosas y llegué a un par de conclusiones: es bastante mejor de lo que pensaba, la pude haber escuchado mientras estaba viva y tampoco me arrepiento de no haberlo hecho. Un disco que suena viejo y nuevo a la vez, secuencias y arreglos agradables hechos para que brille una gran voz. Sólido 4.
4/5 Good jazz / funk album that I enjoyed a lot. She has a great voice and the vulnerability she puts on display throughout the album makes it feel very from the heart.
Only Amy can make an album full of one song reorganised into several different and make say "You go girl"
Pretty good. No good is my favourite
I had never heard this one before - only her other hits. So this was quite the ear-opener. Now I see why so many consider her legendary.
Beautiful voice, jazzy beats and beautiful, genius lyrics.
This album was a great listen! Amy had a beautiful voice, and was gone too soon!! A beautiful artist, with the ability to meld jazz with pop in a cohesive manner. The lyrics to the song Help Yourself ring true sadly: "I Can't Help You If You Won't Help Yourself". Favourite songs: Mr. Magic (Through the Smoke), Amy Amy Amy, Help Yourself, October Song, Fuck Me Pumps, You Sent Me Flying/Cherry Least favourite songs: Know You Now, I Heard Love Is Blind 4/5
A beautiful voice that was quieted too soon. It's sad to listen to the emotion and biographical nature of this album and knowing how the story ends. Frank is a great album and would probably get a 5 from me in some alternate universe that Back In Black doesn't exist in. 4.5/5.
Was able to listen to this again without thinking about everything good and (very) bad that came after. It was clear that Amy was a real talent, and I was looking forward to much more from her. A good album, but not a great one.
favourite song: fuck me pumps least favourite song: take the box very very good.
I enjoyed this album. I've never really listened to Amy Winehouse so I feel like this was a good introduction to her music. Catchy and a little jazzy. Favorite song: In my bed Worst song: Fuck me pumps
So warm, cozy, and soulful. Like a glass of wine in the solitary comfort of one's home. In short, it's Winehouse.
This didn't get enough recognition at the time. A fantastict album, you could just sense the talent and knew that she was destined for great things.
I was avoiding trying Amy Winehouse’s first album for years. TF for? I don’t mind it’s not Back to Black; it’s still great! There’s some gender keeping and homophobia in the first track that’s pretty cringy. Otherwise good stuff.
Love how bluesy and jazzy this album is compared to Back to Black. So much potential.
Loved much of it, and particularly “In My Bed.”
This is not my cup of tea, but a few things I enjoyed about this album: the cilled-out vibe. You can relax with this on in the background. There are some reallly cool textures to the music. Amy has amazing control over her voice and the emotion is raw and powerful. Unfortunely I cannot stand the articulation of the words themselves, and this is present in so much of pop singing that feels like it began in these early-2000s, but is still going strong today. Strong album overall, even if it's not my thing.
Personality: ++ Vibes: +- Songs: +- Overal good but misses : IT
Excellent album, unique, groovy lyrically raw and exciting, often incorrect in a way that appears honest or vulnerable. The music prefaces the new move to neo-soul but has some more guys behind it. The production is slightly dates now but wasn't it always? Her story is interesting and summons up a distinctive moment I history, and like with all real life tragic heroines highlights how the machinery of modern capitalism will commercialise your weaknesses until they eat you up. Still - very very good, if not wholly my bag.
Très bien, même si je ne connaissqis aucune chanson!
overall 8.75/10 favorite track- fuck me pumps/october song
oh Amy, why'd you have to do it?
Here we go, embarking on this challenge! First up, Amy Winehouse's debut, Frank. I love Amy Winehouse, hadn't ever heard this album all the way through before so I'm glad I got to listen to it! I feel like I should 100% be rating this higher but it is what it is. I just feel it in my gut to give this 8.5. Amy Winehouse's debut album is very strong. I'm a huge lover of this type of music, and she takes a lot of inspiration from jazz conventions. A particular highlight for me is October Song, her requiem for her bird Ava, and how she quotes the melody of Lullaby of Birdland in the chorus. Are you fucking kidding me?? Amazing. Amy's a powerhouse. What Is It About Men is one of my favourite songs of hers, was great to hear it in the context of this album. Overall I feel like I like Back in Black a little better than this record but this is still extremely solid and really fucking good. Fav tracks: Cherry, Know You Now, I Heard Love is Blind, October Song, What Is It About Men
Voice has all of the ability that it does later, production is nowhere near what Ronson adds. Enjoyed the lyrics and the cheek, insane that she was 20.
Take as a given that Winehouse had a voice like no other - powerful sound, fragile frame and a personality which cast a spell. Read between the lines here and its a pretty bleak record, though, despite the upbeat soulful / jazz sound. She sings of toxic relationships and addiction cycles and to look back now one wishes we could have helped Amy get the support she needed. One fears a lot of enablers and exploiters in her life made matters much worse. I hope you're at rest now, Amy.
Amy has such a unique character to her voice and lyrics. An incredible album for a debut and her oeuvre only improves on the next one.
A good album of jazz inspired blues-pop the singing is distinctive and unusual in a pop music framework but what keeps me at arms length is that the arrangements don't grab me and I find the melodies difficult and unappealing. 3.5 🌟
Sa samo 20 godina!! RESPECT. Ali dosadnjikavo iako ipak njen glas dosta popravi. Iman osjećaj da san za bolji doživljaj tribala pozornije pratit tekst, šta nisan
An amazing voice, very personal modern slice-of-nightlife stories with Rat Pack grooves, something old and something new. I should love it but I don't, the style feels overdone and forced, it doesn't connect with me.
Another ex-1001 album. If they aren't being removed, then we have an extra 77 albums to get through! 😆 http://1001albumsyoumusthearbeforeyoudie.wikidot.com/album-artists-a-z-ex As expected, great vocals. Arrangements on the first half felt too stripped back, much better in the second half. Enjoyed the nightlife lounge bar vibes.
Amy Winehouse had a great voice, the songs have some interesting lyrics but the music gets a little samey. It's probably an album that would grow on me with more listens. Surprisingly jazzy in places.
For those who like the genre, I guess they will enjoy. Unfortunately its not my case.
This album was cut from my version of the list, the only Winehouse album on it is Back to Black. Which is as it should be. This album is good, but it's not list-worthy.
Volim njen glas, al ne bi baš rekla da mi je ovo njen najdraži album
Amy Winehouse before she'd fully grown into her stage persona. I liked some songs more than others. Didn't care for the lyrics of "stronger than me".
Lovely voice. Tragic life. So much wasted beauty
surpringly well written concept album that does not include any of her major hits but still puts her amazing voice on display
Entertaining, not the biggest fan of her voice though
I don't know. Not really for me. Her voice doesn't do it for me. The production on some tracks is extra cool but you can find that done better elsewhere I think. Favorite tracks: Stronger Than Me, What is it about Men, Amy Amy Amy, Outro
I don't usually like vocal jazz - but I've always felt Amy Winehouse was a bit different. I enjoyed listening to this - more familiar with her later albums.
Wine house not quite up to full power here, and as usual I find it hard to separate the music from how rapidly the full star gestalt would burn out the filament in that bulb.
Det svänger katten.
Amazing voice. Not my kind of music but there are flashes of great.
I like Amy. This sounds drunker than the other one.
It's a decent album, but not really into her voice or sound. I like her version of Moody's Mood For Love. 3/5
Viihdyttävä. Kun Amy löi läpi niin itse vannoin pyhää vihaa ko. artistia kohtaan, koska Rehab oli mun mielestä todella ärsyttävä biisi. Amyn 27-klubiin liittyminen ja lukuisien kuutioiden vettä virrattua Espoonjoessa avautuu vihdoinkin omat korvat reilulle, mutta tiukalle arvioinnille kyseisen artistin tuotoksiin.
Fantastische zangeres, maar het album kon me precies niet echt boeien
No doubting Amy's vocal talents: one of the greatest. The songs on Frank aren't as good as her next album, though Fuck Me Pumps always makes me smile. Some of the production is inconsistent.
I'm at odds with this record. Amy manages to blend a classic, 50s/60s girl group style vocal with blunt, vulgar, sometimes gaudy lyrics well. There's almost a fun shock when you get to a song like "Fuck Me Pumps". However, the backing instrumentals attempt to do something in the same vein to less success. The background instrumentals attempt to conjure images of those classic numbers, big band, and 90s/00s R&B, but it manages to sound poorly produced and heavily dated. Favorite tracks: "You Sent Me Flying/Cherry", "October Song"
Thought she was really bad when she first started but think she has some real talent and some cool songs now. Close to a 4.
Een dijk van een stem natuurlijk. Toch raakt het me om de een of andere reden niet echt.
Een album wat zonder veel poe-ha voorbij gaat.
Lang niet zo goed als de opvolger, maar hier hoor je de klasse al wel doorkomen.
Very Billie Holiday in vocal style. Very laid back jazz. Not quite the poptastic songs of the next album, but gently groovy. Back when Amy had no obvious tattoos, looked healthy, attractive and probably wasn’t aware of her influential status. Refreshing.
Such a tragic loss of a profoundly talented musician.
Super talented artist. Most of the songs were pretty forgettable though. Still her ability really shines through.
Objectively supremely talented with a distinctive style for the time and a unique voice. A great album title. But it's not for me. Doesn't resonate at all. Rating: 3/5 Playlist track: Intro / Stronger Than Me Date listened: 30/05/22
Distinctive voice. Undoubted talent. Spawned an army of imitators. Dead before her time. Not for me though
Amy Winehouse is good at what she does, but it never has ever clicked with me. I think her other album is also a bit better.
I like "Back to Black" far more. My favorite of the lot here was the more laid back hidden track "Brother."
Flashes of brilliance in her debut album. Jazz/Pop, great vocals, some genuinely great lyrics. Her first steps towards greatness and sadness. Best Tracks: Fuck Me Pumps; I Heard Love Is Blind; What Is It About Men
Probably should have talked to Frank shouldn't she?
\"Fraaaaannnnkkk!\" Pat Butcher, 1998.
Not that familiar with this album compared to back in black, for that reason I enjoyed it, and feel it’s maybe a bit underrated. Worth a listen.
After a while I did tire of this one a bit. There's no disputing that she has a style that is entirely her own
Gillar Amy's röst väldigt mycket. Gillar de jazziga tonerna blandat med moderna beats. Men låtarna i sig är lite tråkiga, det är inget som sticker ut. Lyssnade på kontoret i Gif-Sur-Yvette.
It's fine, but the problem is that Back to Black is SO much better.
Very Jazzy. Did not expect this.
Есть парочка композиции, который выделяются музыкально. Но остальное звучит довольно однообразно.
This is the debut album from English singer, songwriter Amy Winehouse. It was received well by critics and has been certified triple platinum in the UK. The album title can be a reference to Winehouse's singing on this album which is open, honest, and to the point. Or it could be referencing Frank Sinatra - which was an early influence for Amy Winehouse, and her vocal style even sounds similar to his style. This soulful, R&B, and bossa nova jam fest of an album makes for a relaxing and romantic atmosphere. Amy Winehouse was extremely talented and it's a shame she was taken too soon. I'm glad I finally got a chance to listen to her debut album, and I'm looking forward to listening to more songs from her that I may have missed.
Amy Winehouse's debut album showcases her explosive voice within a jazz/R&B framework. The lyrical content is bleak, but the music itself is well produced and arranged, and Amy's voice of course, can do anything. Her voice is not as controlled as it is on 'Back to Black,' but is still incredibly powerful. My biggest complaint is that she makes some vocal choices that detract from the song. She over-pronounces certain syllables to sound a certain way, but it doesn't always fit. However, that is a small complaint when faced with her incredible talent.
The music consisted of mediocre soul-jazz ballads rooted in the past, but with good lyrics. (6/10). FT: Amy Amy/Outro , I Heard Love Is Blind, Moody's Mood for Love/Teo Licks
Her schtick has been overplayed to the point where it almost sounds like parody. But I did own this when it came out and loved the smokey jazz chanteuse style before the china white, fags and bad boyfriend ruined her talent
I listened to this in high school, and I remember liking it. Amy is witty and hilarious as well as sophisticated and romantic. “Stronger Than Me” is a great intro and feels both of it’s time and something that would be popular today. “Cherry” is the only song I remember and seriously love. Amy Winehouse was a really special and unique pop star — blending 90’s R&B, Blossom Dearie jazz vibes, and Jeff Buckley-esque song lyrics. I’m actually not a huge Amy fan, but I totally understand her appeal and her talent. “Amy Amy Amy” is another fun song that I remember — the whimsical synth-tuba bass line sets itself apart from the rest of the record. So, all this being said, this album is a 3 for me. I like the occasional song, I respect Amy’s style, but I think that she eventually perfected her craft in future records. As a debut, this record revealed an up-and-comer with true potential, and debuts aren’t meant to be perfect anyway. Yes, a solid 3.
Jazzy and soulful. A talented singer lost too soon
Starts very jazzy. Song 1, stronger than me has an amazing guitar. Sent me flying was lackluster.
Dang Amy, you sing so goodly but you bloat so bloatly.
Not my kind!
Amy Winehouse has a great voice, no doubt. Having heard her legendary followup, Back in Black, listening to Frank is an odd experience. It's a lot less focused, less polished, and less consistent. What old-school soul Winehouse wielded on Back in Black is simply not here. Instead, she opts for neo-soul that flirts with trip hop. These sounds, while well done, are simply not in Winehouse's wheelhouse. It occasionally feels like she is fighting over the instrumentals, losing her dominance that I know her better for. Everything about Frank feels like a solid first attempt. For an artist still finding her sound, I would not hold that against Winehouse. Good work otherwise.
Fun album. Love her voice and how she made jazz modern. Probably won’t listen again.
Fuck Me Pumps mi je bil zanimiv. Ostali so zanimivi in okej, ampak ne bi posegla po tem albumu kar tak.
I like Amy’s sound but the lyrics are definitely dated oof. I skipped live renditions as well. Overall I like it, but again since the singing is quite slow and you can hear the lyrics I'm just slightly disappointed by those haha.
Liked the first song of the album
Very stylish and cool for background music. Great vibe, nice arrangements. Unfortunately the actual lyrics don't connect with me at all; we don't share any common ground and I pretty much don't agree with her point of view or the choices represented in these songs. Or maybe I'm just in a mood today. Lacking an emotional connection doesn't automatically mean I won't enjoy certain music, but in this case it did ruin it for me a little bit. Also several of the songs probably could have benefitted from a little more structure and, dare I say it, variety.
I like Amy, this was ok. Not as good as back to black though
Nice voice, some of the songs were kind of dull
A rawer, more eclectic, and sometimes cheesy, sometimes enchanting debut album.
Mislim, poštovanje prema njoj, ali si ju ne bi nikad pustio, ne znam, ne paše mi. Okej album. Meni je više ovaj sjeo album neko njen hvaljeni Back to Black. hm.
Nije back to black al nije ni los. S njenim glasom sve prolazi