Friday, Dec. 14, 2007
Amy Winehouse, "I Told You I Was Trouble: Live in London" (Universal International)
While she may have spent most of 2007 as tabloid fodder for her booze and drug silliness, Amy Winehouse is a unique performer. Far from the sanitized world in which most of her jazz and soul contemporaries live, Winehouse comes across as bold, opinionated and refreshingly down to Earth.
This live show at London's 2,000-capacity Shepherds Bush Empire has Winehouse and her band serving up morsels from her two albums with grace and style, including all the hits you'd expect — such as "Rehab" and "Tears Dry on Their Own" — alongside covers of songs by Toots & The Maytals and The Zutons.
Between-song banter is revealing and often funny, and the accompanying 45-minute documentary, featuring interviews with Winehouse herself and her taxi-driver dad, who gives you a guided tour of key London locations in the singer's story. These offer some great insights into Winehouse's rise from tiny pub gigs in London to worldwide acclaim. There's also quite a lot about her magnificent hair.