For an eight-song compilation, Back to Black: B-Sides plays with the cohesive flow of a short, full-length album. But it also shows that the late Amy Winehouse’s influences ran a bit deeper than revealed on both 2003’s Frank and 2006’s Back to Black. She opens covering “Valerie” by British band the Zutons, turning their distorted indie-rock tune into something that sounds straight out of the mid-‘60s Motown vaults. She follows by turning Sam Cooke’s “Cupid” into a vintage-sounding ska tune. Keeping with the ska theme, Winehouse then tears into Toots & The Maytals’ “Monkey Man.” “Some Unholy War” is one of two Winehouse-penned songs here. It’s a slow-burning soul dirge with a brushed snare drum providing a moody backdrop over steadily picked arpeggios as she sings about supporting those fighting an unsupportable war. Her “Love Is a Losing Game” closes with a raw, stripped-down beauty.
Cupid (Deluxe Edition Version)
Some Unholy War (Down Tempo)
Hey Little Rich Girl (feat. Zalon & Ade)
You're Wondering Now
To Know Him Is to Love Him (Live)
Love Is a Losing Game (Demo Version)
8 SONGS, 26 MINUTES
JANUARY 15, 2008
℗ 2007 UNIVERSAL ISLAND RECORDS LTD. A UNIVERSAL MUSIC COMPANY.