A new Amy Winehouse album looks set to top Christmas prezzie wish lists. Entitled Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the 12-track compilation features 2 new songs, alternative versions of existing numbers and unheard material. Recordings are taken from up to seven years apart. 

Amy Winehouse enjoying Coachella Music & Arts Festival, 2007. Photo: Mick Orlosky @ Flickr

Perfected by Salaam Remi, producer of Frank and Back To Black, the posthumous “beyond the grave” release includes doo-wop influences, brass ballads and additional strings. An original and emotional version of Tears Dry will flicker the public’s festive feelings. And if that doesn’t rouse the waterworks, a soulful cover of Donnie Hathaway‘s A Song For You will surely do so, culminating in the lines “And when my life is over/Remember when we were together/We were alone and I was singing this song for you.”

Meanwhile, New York rapper Nas duets on Like Smoke, which contains the sobering line “colder than a penguin’s pussy”.

The enigmatic singer-songwriter died on July 23rd at her home in Camden, prompting mass tributes and mourning. An inquest found alcohol poisoning to be the cause of death with police recovering three vodka bottles from the scene.

Lioness will debut in stores on 5th December, probably putting paid to The Black Keys chances of hitting the #1 spot with their forthcoming El Camino.

  1. Yes, I’ve heard of this. Just wondering, have you heard the record already?

  2. TheChronicR says:

    If mind saves she passed away on the 23rd not the 21st. It sure was a day to remember.

    I can’t wait to get this. I was a huge Frank fan and some tracks on Back to Black appealed to me (yes, for me it was the other way round). R.I.P., Amy.

    • thereviewer says:

      Right you are ChronicR, oh I am a shoddy journo. No fact-checking or the like. Chinese whispers originate from dooshbags like me!

      Saw an advert on TV for it the other day. Tears Dry was a slow ballad version. The others were totally unheard songs. Sure to be top of any Xmas shopper’s list. The Lioness roars back, no-one will forget her.

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