First Impressions: Jewels From The Winehouse Vault

Friday, November 4, 2011


Well, that was fast.

It only took a mere days after the announcement that an unreleased batch of material by Amy Winehouse was to be available, that not one, but two of the tracks from Lioness: Hidden Treasures got a leak. Patience definitely isn't a music junkie's strong suit, I guess...

Usually I tread with caution with posthumous releases because unreleased material may be unreleased for a reason (i.e. all that random 'stuff' from Michael Jackson) and as a respect to the artist, sometimes they didn't want the material released at all (i.e. Jeff Buckley's Sketches For My Sweetheart the Drunk). For Winehouse an exception can be made, as there's no doubt that she had some gems left in her vaults. Proving that are the leaks of "Like Smoke" and "Our Day Will Come" which are real sparklers. Nas lends his flowing talent to "Like Smoke" (the best of the two) which drives on a brooding shuffle. While "Our Day Will Come" has a very frothy feel to it as it sounds quite like the long-lost cousin of Back To Black's "Just Friends". Both tracks are very Amy Winehouse---so it's an all-around win-win.

Lioness: Hidden Treasures drops in stores December 5th.

Like Smoke (ft. Nas)


Our Day Will Come

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