Amy Winehouse’s posthumous album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, was released today in the UK. The album will hit stores in the United States.
The five-time Grammy Award winner, who passed away earlier this year, recorded the 12 tracks on the new album between 2002 and 2008. Producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, who worked with Winehouse on several other projects, selected the songs for Winehouse’ posthumous album.
So far, the album is receiving mixed reviews. The New York Times writes:
“Her vocal is jazzy, jumpy and improvisational, with the flutter she picked up from Erykah Badu and the flintiness she learned from Dinah Washington; it’s also thin, slurred and sometimes unintelligible.”
According to Business Week, some of Winehouse’s leftover material had to be stretched a bit to make full tracks. “Like Smoke,” for instance, was just a scat demo Winehouse made. But now the song has some additional strings and some guest vocals from Nas.
Here’s “Like Smoke” featuring Nas.
Winehouse’s new album also features some previously released tracks like her recent duet with Tony Bennett.
Lioness: Hidden Treasures also features a few Motown inspired hits like “Between the Cheats.”
The new album also includes a few covers, like Leon Russell’s “A Song For You.”
The album also includes alternative versions of hit songs like “Valerie.”
Amy Winehouse’s posthumous album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures will be available on iTunes and Amazon starting tomorrow for fans in the United States. The album is currently available for pre-order for $9.99.
What do you think of Amy Winehouse’s final album?