Neil Young may have said it’s better to burn out than to fade away, but in the case of Amy Winehouse, the burnout and the long slow fade were simultaneous.
Now, dead at 27, she’ll be primarily remembered for her work with Mark Ronson as a 60s R&B, soul and jazz revivalist. Back To Black had moments of sheer raw power one wouldn’t have expected from something so many people either loved or hated. “You Know I’m No Good” and “Rehab” let us read between the lines as she dragged funky jazz-infused beats into the new millennium headfirst – “I cheated myself like I knew I would,” she sings, and now those words are more than painful. “I told you I was trouble. You know that I’m no good.”
But did she believe that? Did she believe she couldn’t survive without the sheen of alcohol between her and her audience? Was rehab truly worse than death?
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