Amy Winehouse: Lioness

Amy Winehouse

Lioness: Hidden Treasures


Lioness is presented as a fitting memorial to Amy Winehouse – her father says it wouldn’t have been released if the family hadn’t felt it was up to the standard of Frank and Back to Black – but the results fall short.

There are studio sweepings (a ponderous take on Back to Black’s “Tears Dry” that rightly didn’t make the final cut); songs that have appeared elsewhere (a forthright version of The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, from the soundtrack to a Bridget Jones film); and tracks dating from her later, troubled years, including a misfiring duet with one of her heroes, the rapper Nas, and a song neatly titled “Between the Cheats”, sung at first expressively by Winehouse, but then in an increasingly wayward manner.

The best moment comes at the end, a cover of Donny Hathaway’s “Song for You” featuring a smoky, confiding lead vocal and ornate orchestral trip-hop. Too late, Lioness gives the singer the memorial she deserves.

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