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Amy Winehouse: Frank

Dan Gennoe, Q, 2004

BILLIE HOLIDAY crossed with ball-busting rapper Eve, Camden’s Amy Winehouse is easily the most entertaining product of the Sylvia Young stage school – admittedly she was expelled for not applying herself. Instead she immersed herself in jazz, hip hop and soul, and for her debut album comes out fighting like a vintage diva with an attitude problem. Spineless men ('Stronger Than Me'), ex-lovers ('In My Bed') and club bimbos ('Fuck Me Pumps'), are all cut to size against smouldering horns and break beats which make her bitchy jibes all the more insidious. Sly dinner jazz with an invigorating dose of reality, Radio 2 territory this is not.

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