It’s been almost six months since we lost Amy Winehouse, and the world got to miss her all over again when Amy’s posthumous album ‘Lioness : Hidden Treasures’ was released worldwide on the 5th of December 2011 to unsurprisingly massive sales. Within a month the album has moved a whopping 2 million units worldwide (and debuted at # 1 on the UK Top 40, as well as at # 1 or within the top 10 of 26 other countries), asserting a fact that the world already knew : Amy Winehouse was a one-of-a-kind diva, if there ever was one.
Throughout the album we’re reminded about Amy’s mesmerizing vocal abilities, and it’s difficult not to get a little misty eyed. My fave song from the album, and the 3rd official single (to be released in March) is the absolutely lush ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow‘, that’s been pretty much stuck in my head ever since I listened to the entire album for the first time.
Originally written by songstress supreme Carole King and Gerry Goffin, this song was a Billboard # 1 hit for The Shirelles in 1961. Since then, the song has been covered by a ridiculously unprecedented number of artists from Cher to Brenda Lee to Roberta Flack to Amy Winehouse herself in 2004 for the soundtrack of the film ‘Bridget Jones : The Edge Of Reason‘. The 2011 version of this song is included in ‘Lioness : Hidden Treasures‘, and sounds completely gorgeous. Amy’s voice lilt’s its way through the subtle jazzy groove, all vulnerable and mellow, with a booming saxophone resonating in the background. Give it a listen below.
The main event of this song, as well as for any other song or album by Amy Winehouse will always be her incomparable voice. It’s damn near heartbreaking to hear her voice on the absolutely stunning ‘Lioness : Hidden Treasures‘ and realize that she’s no more, especially when she sounds so triumphant on classics like ‘Our Day Will Come‘ or the duet with Tony Bennett, ‘Body And Soul‘.
‘Lioness : Hidden Treasures’ completely captures Amy’s rugged glamour, her old-school sound, as well as her vulnerability, and cements her status as truly one of the greatest gifts to the music world. Y’all need to pick this one up cuz in all probability it’ll be the last officially released Amy Winehouse album.