Review: Amy Winehouse, ‘Lioness’

Review: Amy Winehouse, ‘Lioness’: Aidin Vaziri | Amy Winehouse struggled for years to make a follow-up to her breakthrough second album, 2007’s “Back to Black.” Just five months after her untimely death at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning, one magically appears. The lack of imagination is evident before you even press play on this 12-track set of songs, heroically polished up and pieced together by her go-to producer, Salaam Remi. He certainly tries to make the best out of a terrible situation, but it’s hard to do Winehouse’s legacy any justice by building entire tunes around old studio scraps (“Halftime,” “Our Day Will Come”), one-take covers (“The Girl From Ipanema,” “A Song for You,” the Leon Russell composition) and obvious filler (a rerun of her duet with Tony Bennett, “Body and Soul”). She deserves better – and so do her fans.


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