A few years back we acquired Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" and I listened to it daily for months. Eventually I moved on, as one does. When she died a year ago July I of course found it regretful, but as we were not close and she wasn't in the habit of calling me at home, I was not unduly upset.
That all changed a couple of weeks back. I came across a short documentary about her on youtube, and around the same time I added "Back to Black" to my itunes at work. Again... again with the daily play. Again with the searching for new clips I hadn't seen on youtube, mostly interviews these days (I stopped looking at most of the clips of her performing live, because she's often so messed up that it's depressing to watch). I felt a sadness about her wasted life and wasted talent that I hadn't felt when she died.
The songs are all strong, there is no denying. And as for my love of her singing, I think I'll let Tony Bennett field that one for me:
Probably my favourite song from "Back to Black" is "Wake up Alone". I'm going to post both the original recording and a live performance... in the live performance there may have been some substances ingested, but it's pretty mild.
I don't relate to Amy Winehouse personally. I don't have substance abuse problems; I'm not an emaciated British Jewess with a trend-setting look and an idiosyncratic singing style. But man, do I love her singing, and her songs- specifically on "Back to Black". I've taken "Rehab" off my playlist because I don't need to hear that one again, and truth be told, I'm probably nearing the end of this round of obsessive listening. But I'll know these songs back to front for the rest of my life.