Amy Winehouse Documentary Amy Review

Last week I went to see the Amy Winehouse documentary called Amy in the Mermaid in Bray with my sister. I had heard a lot about it and was looking forward to seeing it.

It is quite moving in parts and at the end I was holding back tears because it was very sad. Amy came across to me as someone who was always looking for love and watching how her life went downhill made you wonder if she would have been better having never made the success she did. She never really liked the whole fame side of it.

I don’t think her father or her ex husband came across too well in the documentary but I loved what I heard about her grandmother. And it was great seeing all the footage of her performances and it is always a delight hearing her vocals and songs which played throughout the documentary and at one point I was tapping my foot along to the music. Tony Bennett is also in the documentary and he seems lovely. She seemed to have quite a few great friends and many of them spoke on the documentary.

It was an excellent documentary and I’d recommend everyone to see it.

Amy Winehouse Back To Black Deluxe Edition Review!

Back To Black (2006) by Amy Winehouse is an amazing album with track after track dripping with perfection. Amy Winehouse was an incredible vocalist and songwriter whose lyrics had the emotion that her vocals emphasised with rawness and realness.

Let’s take a look at each track individually:

Rehab

Rehab was a very original sounding tune when it came out in 2006 and it has a very timeless feel because of it’s quality. Winehouse’s vocal is soulful, glorious and filled with edge and emotion and the song has a great beat to it as well.

You Know I’m No Good

Brilliant storytelling and another very instantly catchy tune.

Me & Mr Jones

Very old-school soul. Beautiful.

Just Friends

This song flows along beautifully from section to section. Winehouse’s vocal seamlessly flows over the contrasting instrumentals with ease.

Back to Black

The title track is a tale of heartbreak. Winehouse had this realness in her vocal which was great whether it was a love song or a heartbreak song she sang although in my opinion she was at her strongest singing about love’s woes. It is like her heartbreak and emotion is plummeting into your ears and bringing to mind all your own sadness where matters of the heart are concerned. Raw, emotional and heartbreakingly real.

Love Is a Losing Game

More breathtaking heartbreak, Love Is a Losing Game has a very poetic feel to it and the slowed-down music compliments Winehouse’s vocal perfectly.

Tears Dry on Their Own

One of my favourite tracks on the album, this song has a very Supremes feel to it which I love. It’s like Ain’t No Mountain High Enough done in an edgy, contemporary way.

Wake Up Alone

Get the tissues ready! This is a tearjerker with stunning, heartbreaking lyrics. Another one of my favourite tracks on the album.

Some Unholy War

Beautifully haunting and really original. There is a pouring of emotion in Winehouse’s voice which really draws you in.

He Can Only Hold Her

Very catchy. The instrumentals are stunning. I love the strength of character in the lyrics. “He tries to placify her but what’s inside her never dies.” Amazing.

Addicted

Again, very catchy and edgy with stunning, original instrumentals.

Valerie

This track with Mark Ronson has a very storytelling quality to it and is really catchy. Stunning job.

Cupid (Deluxe Edition Version)

Another of my favourites from the album Cupid has amazing instrumentals running throughout it. When Winehouse sings, “I love a man who doesn’t know I exist” I know exactly what she means. Very catchy chorus too.

Monkey Man

Very fast and catchy. Brilliant. It has a very Caribbean beach party vibe to it in the instrumentals.

Some Unholy War (Down Tempo)

This sounds brilliant slowed-down. Glorious.

Hey Little Rich Girl

This track has a great hook and has a great beat. Very catchy and original, it flows perfectly through each part like an exhilarating speed train.

You’re Wondering Now

Very relaxed with brilliant instrumentals. Very old-school with a modern twist.

To Know Him Is To Love Him (Live For NapsterLive, London/2006)

Every time I hear this song I think of people I felt these emotions for. It’s very authentic to how a person feels when they are in love. Understated, beautiful and stunning.

Love Is a Losing Game (Original Demo)

It was lovely to hear the original demo of this track. Without too much production you get to hear Winehouse’s vocal laid bare and it shows just how incredible her vocal was if that fact was ever in any doubt. Incredible and a perfect way to end the album.

Amy Winehouse Statue Unveiled In Camden, London

The statue of singer Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in Camden in tribute to the late singer.

The statue is bronze and includes Winehouse’s trademark beehive hairstyle, a star of David necklace and a red rose in her hair. The star, who died of alcohol poisoning at the very young age of 27 , was honoured with the statue been placed in Stables Market on Sunday which would have been her 31st birthday. Many fans turned out to see the statue been unveiled of their idol by sculptor Scott Eaton who gave huge applause as the statue was unveiled.

Her father Mitch placed a kiss on the cheek of his daughter’s statue and said,

“It’s a day of incredibly mixed emotions. They don’t put statues up for people who are with us anymore so it reinforces the fact that physically she’s gone but spiritually she’ll never leave us. I feel sad, very, very sad. We shouldn’t be here but we are, this is the reality and we’ve just got to make the most of it. So this statue is part of making the most of it. Getting people to come here, spend some time with Amy and put a flower in her hair and remember her in a very positive way. That for me is wonderful. I’ll be coming to visit it all the time. It was difficult to see the sculpture at first but I’m getting used to it. It looks just beautiful.”

Her mum Janis was of course also there and said,

“It’s just a wow, a definite wow,” she said. “I am pleased with how the statue turned out because you can see that it’s Amy. It is soon but it was beyond our control – events overtook events but we’re very proud of it. Camden is Amy’s place, it’s where she belongs.”

Eaton said he wished for the statue to be “reflective and contemplative”.

While actress Barbara Windsor, a friend of Winehouse’s and a patron of the foundation set up in Winehouse’s name, said it was a great honour to unveil the statue.

Windsor said,

“I’ve been in this business for 66 years now and I’ve had many honours throughout my career, but this is the greatest honour,” said Windsor. “I was one of the fortunate people who got to know Amy in the last few years of her too short life. Not only was she one of the greatest talents that this country has ever produced, she was a warm, lovely kind and fun lady. She was what we call in our business a superb bird, that’s what she was. Amy loved Camden with a passion and Camden loved her so it’s only right her presence should remain here.”

R.I.P. Amy Winehouse.