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Amy Winehouse: Bloomsbury Ballroom, London

Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 September 2006

WHILE AMY Winehouse has been off making the follow-up to her 2003 Mercury-nominated debut album, Frank, her role as the new kid on the block who dissed her elders ("Madonna is an old lady who should give up") has been usurped by Lily Allen ("Madonna might have been relevant once, but I don't know anyone my age who cares"). Does she mind? Probably not. Winehouse has the advantage of possessing a voice that may sometimes be brassy and strident but can't be mistaken for anyone else's.

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