Amy, Amy, Amy
Amy Winehouse -- probably the most buzzed-about performer at this year's festival -- did, in fact, show up. But in some ways, she wasn't really here. And no, that's not a reference to her emaciated physical state.
Winehouse seemed to go through the motions on a good chunk of her self-penned songs, including some that are written from a place of real pain -- notably, "Tears Dry on Their Own," "Back to Black" and "Wake Up Alone." Winehouse dedicated the latter number to her husband. But even then, she failed to sing with any sort of depth or
conviction, instead sounding almost robotic.
Now, as far as robots go, this one has a fine soul-jazz voice. So even when Winehouse mails it in, she still sounds pretty good. And on certain songs here, she sounded downright fierce. There was the sassy, scathing "Me and Mr. Jones," the self-loathing "You Know I'm No Good" and a fiery cover of the Zutons song, "Valerie." The deeper into the 40-minute set she got, the more she seemed to drill down into the emotional core of the songs.
Alas, the singer didn't quite end on a high note. Closing with her defiant, defining song, "Rehab," Winehouse stumbled to the finish line. It was like there was some other place she wanted -- if not needed -- to be.
-- J. Freedom du Lac
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