If 'Frank' established Amy as one of the most exciting and challenging artists in pop music, and 'Back To Black' proved, beyond any reasonable or unreasonable doubt, what a truly remarkable talent she was.
Following the success of 'Frank', Amy began thinking about what she'd like to do with her second record.
"I didn't want to play the jazz thing up too much again. I was bored of complicated chord structures and needed something more direct. I'd been listening to a lot of girl-groups from the fifties and sixties. I liked the simplicity of that stuff. It just gets to the point."
You can hear it on the subtley Supremes-referencing intro of 'Back To Black'. But her reach stretches further. While the girl-groups of the sixties to which she had become enthralled contained their vocals, Amy can break loose with Aretha-style vocal stylings on 'Just Friends' or by turning the whole idea of drying out into a gospel spiritual on the stunning opener 'Rehab'. 'Love is a Losing Game' is pure classic modern song-writing: brief, to the point and drenched in emotion. Other highlights include the Nas inspired 'Me and Mr Jones', the beautiful 'Wake Up Alone', 'I'm No Good', the personal epiphany that you can behave just as badly as all those guys that have messed you around and stamped all over you, and the bluesy smooch of the title track, 'Back To Black'.