Everyone has their “queen” in the music industry. That one female artist that blows the rest out of the water, whether their music is old or new. For me, no one compares to the emotion and fire that Amy Winehouse brought to her sound. Her notorious attitude created the iconic heart break in “Back To Black” and powerful independence in “Rehab” that have shaped Winehouse’s incredible career. Evidently, her talent doesn’t cease there. It’s about time to bow down to the hidden gems of the Queen of Modern Jazz, Miss Amy Winehouse.
1. “I Heard Love Is Blind”
The jazzy background features make this track a smooth pathway for Winehouse’s soulful voice. Every strum of guitar and upsurge of soulful instruments compliment each note precisely. This slow, acoustic ballad depicts her heartfelt confession of infidelity. The confidence and openness she expressed in her lyrics (“Don’t overreact, I pretended he was you”) convey Amy’s classically blunt attitude, yet still contained an apologetic tone, making “I Heard Love Is Blind” a secret success off of Frank. This album is full of short, light (and might I add, underappreciated) tracks like “Cherry” and “(There Is) No Greater Love” that soothe the album’s pace, with “I Heard Love Is Blind” being the most impactful.
2. “Amy Amy Amy”
Overall, Frank is such an underrated album from Amy Winehouse. She composes “Amy Amy Amy” with incredibly seductive power, and, instrumentally, is something that can’t be found on any other of her albums the way it is shown here. As soon as the deep and fervent rhythm strikes, the sensual tone is set with Amy’s suggestive vocals. The lingering saxophone slides through to add to this hot tension, tying this underestimated track together. No matter what kind of mood the listener is in, it is inevitable to get lost in Winehouse’s sexual desire that flows through each beat.
3. “Best Friends, Right? (Acoustic)”
Even when referencing the original version of this song, it is not a very widely known track from Amy Winehouse’s hits. However, this does not take away from the power of her direct emotions that are derived from this relevant track. An acoustic version of a song is made to give listeners a different angle of its story. Amy captures this perfectly in her acoustic version of “Best Friends, Right?” The smooth rhythm of the guitar and softness in Winehouse’s voice signify the heart of the friendship being described. Listeners connect to the love/hate relationship of these two people more personally in this slowed track, absorbing every emotion behind each word she sings. Amy Winehouse can depict such private feelings in her music no matter what situation it conveys, making her reign over the music industry perpetual.