By James May (MPLS, MN):
This woman is almost frighteningly bright and goes right to the jugular in re-interpreting old music.
When you watch her face during her performances to promote "Frank" and see the different emotions that flit across her face not only do you see how engaged she is but how, in opposite fashion, how easily she gets bored and how creativity bubbles out of her. She is smart enough an artist to keep it in check and never vocalizes a song the same way twice while at the same time keeping the essence of the performance, something very rarely seen.
As a vocalist Winehouse has no peers in the industry today and that is quite a remark to make about such a newcomer and so young at the time of the album, 20 I think. Rather than impress you with how many notes she can sing over one lyric alá the Carey/Aguilera/LaBelle/American Idol syndrome, Winehouse restrains her raw power and serves the song rather than her ego; there is no showboating here. If there is a vocalist today is who is at once so technically gifted, emotional and artistic all rolled into one, I don't know who it is; she is a jazz singer in the true sense of the term. For those of you who like this album I recommend the songs from "Frank" and others on her Jools Holland appearances; awesome.
By K. L. Hanson "Peace Monger" (Dayton, OH USA):
Amy was such an incredible talent. I have a bad feeling that it's going to be a loooong time before anyone else will be able to even look at her shoes, let alone step into them.