Without Amy, No Adele: Critics Remember Winehouse
Critics praise Winehouse for changing pop music—when sober
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2011 6:27 AM CDT
Amy Winehouse vigil outside Amy Winehouse's North London home on July 23, 2011 in London, England.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) Amy Winehouse was a great singer—when sober—who changed pop music and still had her best years ahead of her, say music critics as they eulogize the troubled pop star. "Without Amy, there would have been no Adele, no Duffy, and no Lady Gaga," writes Adrian Thrills in the Daily Mail, adding, "she was without question the outstanding vocalist of her generation." Thrills especially praises Back to Black, saying that "nothing has come close to packing the sheer emotional punch" of Winehouse's famous second album. "Rooted in emotional turmoil, it will go down as one of the classic British albums."

"At her sober best, Winehouse displayed a rich and resonant instrument, emotive enough for soul but skilled enough for jazz," writes Jim Farber in the New York Daily News. Farber also focuses on Back to Black, calling it "pitch perfect," "an ideal batch of neo-soul songs, sounding as warm as its '60s reference points, yet enlivened by a current sensibility." He muses, like Thrills, that Winehouse influenced other singers including Duffy, Rumer, and Adele. Now, however, everyone is left to wonder if Winehouse's long-rumored third album will ever be released. Click for more Winehouse appreciation, or watch her last public appearance.

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Jul 24, 2011 11:16 PM CDT
In response to anyone with negative comments: Amy Winehouse was actually a pretty great soul singer. All the celebrity BS that surroundered her I think took away from her music. It actually would of been better if she was lesser known. Almost everyone knows who Amy Winehouse is, but besides "rehab" most people don't know anything about her music. There is a reason why music critics who normally don't do pop took notice of her. She isnt Spears, Duff, Hanna, etc... She actually had talent and was unique. Also seems to be a double standard, I can think of a ton of male rock stars that died because of drugs and got a total free pass for their behavior.
Jul 24, 2011 12:25 PM CDT
Bullshit. Adele would have happened. And so would the others if Amy hadn't. There are plenty of talented singers waiting in the wings at all times. Amy is the one who didn't happen. A couple of hits, then years of disaster. Adele is at least as good a singer if not better, though style is an individual thing. Now starts the Idolize Amy Campaign after treating her like the disaster she was for so long. Nothing like suicide to engender respect.
Jul 24, 2011 7:24 AM CDT
Click on depressing like none knew this was coming, come on..... Question is now, whos next..... Sheen or Lyndsie Lohan They have it made with a talent and decide to burn it out with chemicals When Kieth Richards says "Your Doing To Much Dope" perhaps you should listen to the true expert