December 6, 2011, 6:14 am
Amy Winehouse’s new album “Lioness” soared to the top of the charts yesterday……
her manager Raye cosbert
and producer Salaam Remi were slated to produce this third album, and although
some of the songs are clearly based on demos or early singles, others clearly
show Winehouse’s polish and promise.
The album is comprised of 12 tracks, including new . Remi introduced and played seven songs –including Best Friends; an early version of the hit Valerie; a demo of the song Wake Up Alone; a version of the Shirelles' Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow; and the Tony Bennett duet Body and Soul, which has already appeared on the veteran singer's own recent album.
Nonetheless, it is hard to believe that Winehouse herself – who oversaw every aspect of the two albums she released – wouldn't have reworked much of the material that is to be put out. There are certainly times when her vocal on a song sounds more like a sketch, even if she was an instinctive artist who appreciated the magic of capturing a first take.