Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures

Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures

July 23rd was a black day for the music industry. One of its gems, Amy Winehouse, passed away after an overdose of alcohol in her house in Camden Square, London.
Lioness: Hidden Treasures is the name of the posthumous compilation album of Amy Winehouse.
This album features unreleased songs and demos, picked by Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi.
We’ve already posted the video for first single ‘Our Day Will Come’ a few weeks ago.

The album starts with the beautiful ‘Our Day Will Come’, a cover of Ruby and the Romantics track from 1963.
The joyful whistles in the intro of ‘Between The Cheats’ makes you think back immediately of the ‘Back To Black’ album of 2006.
Described as the original version, ‘Tears Dry’ is remarkably slower than to the album version.
Next track, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, a cover of 1960’s The Shirelles, was recorded for 2004 movie Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. This again in a slower tempo and jazzy.
With a feature of Nas, ‘Like Smoke’ was one of the demos that eventually found its way to this album. ‘Like Smoke’ is a bit of an odd song on this album, primarily due to Nas. Not meaning that it’s a bad track, but it doesn’t really fit into this album.

‘Valerie’ could be seen as the world-wide breakthrough of miss Winehouse, covering the original the Zutons track with producer Mark Ronson. The version on this album, the so-called ’68 version, sounds significantly different to the previous versions, but not better.
Her version of ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ on the other hands is gorgeous. Tracks ‘Half Time’ and ‘Best Friends, Right?’ are by far the strongest tracks on the album.
The original recording of ‘Wake Up Alone’, is simply the most typical and beautiful track on the album.
The duet with Tony Bennett, and also Amy’s last recording ‘Body And Soul’, demonstrates again the talent of Amy Winehouse.
The album closes with the slow track ‘A Song For You’, a cover of Leon Russell’s 1970 song.

Verdict: 4/5
This posthumous compilation album luckily balances the weaker songs out with a handful of beautiful songs.
The best tracks are in the first half of the album, with a few very decent covers in the second half that cover up the weaker songs. Unfortunately, not all 12 tracks can be seen as ‘hidden treasures’. Nevertheless, it makes you wonder how ‘album 3’ would have been if Amy Winehouse would still be alive…

You can (pre-)order Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures here
Or get it from the iTunes store

Track list:
Our Day Will Come
Between The Cheats
Tears Dry
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Like Smoke
Valerie (’68 Version)
The Girl From Ipanema
Half Time
Wake Up Alone (Original Version)
Best Friends, Right?
Body And Soul
A Song For You

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