You – like the rest of the world – might have forgotten about Amy Winehouse’s first job as a singer. Well, it has been about four years since she properly bothered the charts.
If you’re a fan of the Winehouse, you might be pleased to discover that her vocals have turned up in a new song for the latest Quincy Jones album. You might be less pleased to hear that it’s a rather tedious cover of an old 60’s song, It’s My Party. The Queen of the Beehive, sounds remarkably like a duck as she quacks her way through the track – which I’ve included below for your audio discomfort.
The song has been recorded for Quincy Jones’ new compilation album Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, and features her long-term pal/producer Mark Ronson back twiddling the knobs.
My opinion? It pales in comparison to the Amy Winehouse we all fell in love with on Back To Black. The voice is there, but her diction is awful. We all know that Mark Ronson can effortlessly conjure up a retro sound, and he does here, but it doesn’t feel like Amy’s heart is in it.
And a little bit more cynicism (as if this post isn’t literally dripping with it) – I’m not sure this can technically be called a leak when the album is released…oh, in one week. It’s really more like a preview track. And not one which inspires me to buy the album either.
Other artists who join Jones on his album – and hopefully sound better than Winehouse – include Mary J. Blige, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Wyclef Jean and Ludacris.