With the release date of Amy Winehouse’s first posthumous album, Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures creeping up, emotions are raw. The release, due but 4 months after the singer’s untimely death, is revealing itself to be part of a very important healing process for Amy’s friends and family.
A far cry from a cash-grab, the album is reportedly an incredibly emotional, not to mention immpecably produced, project; not just for those surriving her, but for Amy herself, as friend and collaborator Salaam Remi recounts to Rolling Stone how the troubled performer broke down during their recording sessions. “Playing guitar and singing into a small hand-held mic, Winehouse unleashed a devastating version of “A Song for You,” Leon Russell’s pained ballad about an entertainer’s regrets. As she sang, Winehouse began to cry. “It’s as if she was literally singing about herself,” Remi recalls. “She was really putting herself into it.””
Remi also revealed that Amy’s family had humble expecations about Amy’s unfinished work, given her many troubles. “”Mitch [Winehouse; Amy’s father] first said to me, ‘I might have to leave the room after a couple of songs,'” Remi says. “He was expecting to hear a train wreck. Same with her label. But when they listened, they said, ‘Hold on, something is happening here.'”” The album, in this light, is allegedly seminal, with unfinished work of such high quality following production it sounds as though it was always intended to be heard in the manner it was left. Attributing the quality of the album to the expert way in which Amy tamed and employed her talents is easy — the hard part will be listening to it and not feeling the heaviness and tragedy of her death.
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