When Amy Winehouse, one of the biggest-selling and most influential British female artists of all time, passed away in July, the aftermath of her death was reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s; the controversy surrounding her troubled personal life was hotly discussed, but her musical legacy was also widely celebrated. Now it has been announced that rare, previously unheard and unreleased tracks and even raw, unfinished demos recorded by Winehouse over the past decade will be released as part of a new, posthumous album. This has also been met with mixed reactions; many are excited at the prospect of hearing new material, while others believe it is morally wrong.
That aside, the new album, entitled Lioness: Hidden Treasures will feature twelve tracks, some of which are covers, including the 1963 Ruby & The Romantics song ‘Our Day Will Come’ and the standard classic ‘A Song For You’. ‘Our Day Will Come’ has already been publicly released online and on the radio, as has ‘Like Smoke’ – a ‘duet’ with rapper Nas, who recorded his vocal after Amy’s death. Her touching duet with legendary jazz singer Tony Bennett, ‘Body And Soul’ and the original version of ‘Tears Dry On The Own’ will also be on the album.
Released by Island Records, Lioness: Hidden Treasures will be out on 5 December and for each copy sold, £1 will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. We will review the album upon its release.
What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to hearing new Amy Winehouse music?