Amy Winehouse is a girl who makes us squeal out loud. When she released her first album, we foolishly dismissed her as nu-jazz and threw her into a skip with Katie Melua. Now as she crawls round London drunk unafraid to offend anyone who gets in her way and pulls off the best Never Mind The Buzzcocks performance we've ever seen, we realise how foolish we were - she's a modern-day legend and way cooler than no. 50 (thank you NME!)
It's hard to go wrong when your album is part produced by Mark Ronson, but Amy's second album, the instantly classic sounding Back in Black is right up there as one of our favourite albums of the year. Following the sixties girl group sounds of Rehab, You Know I'm No Good sees effortlessly adds a glamourous hip-hop beat to proceedings (Ghostface Killah even adds a remix on the single release) complete with signature Ronson horn section. Again the lyrics are self-referential with Amy declaring "I told you I was trouble, yet you know I'm no good," and the video shows Amy as we think we know her best - under pressure, drinking, with crazy black hair, and vampish bright red nails.
She plays two sold-out dates at Shepherd's Bush Empire in February You Know I'm No Good is released on January 8, 2007. Buy Back To Black - it's amazing.