The Genius of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black
Amy Winehouse was one of those artists that took something so commonplace and made it amazing. She was a jazz singer as well as a songwriter who truly knew how to convey her emotions and connect with audiences. Recently I have revisited her album, Back to Black. It seems that every time I listen to it I fall in love with it again. From her subtle fun jazz beats to her hauntingly beautiful voice in songs like Love is a Losing Game, she infused this album with a jazzy doo-wop that made it interesting and fun, while also being relatable. This album was an interesting piece due to how it just didn’t completely fit with the pop music of the time. Songs like Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira dominated the charts back then, so this album making waves due to its differences was expected.
The only problem there is with this album was that there didn’t seem to be enough. It felt like she didn’t go as far with the jazz as she would have liked. This could have been due to the common problem seen with record labels as they focus on making the album a studio success rather than following what the artist wants. I do remember watching the Amy Winehouse documentary and seeing that she was going to do another album with some jazz artists like Questlove. While that idea did get cut short, we can only imagine what it would’ve turned out as. She obviously loved jazz music as seen with her excitement for getting to sing with jazz singer Tony Bennett.
Back to Black was a complete game changer in the music industry. Amy Winehouse was able to bring jazz to the mainstream if only for a moment. She was able to create a sound that was fun and different, and that sound excited many. The hardest part of all of this is how we can only imagine what amazing projects she would be able to bring to this world today.