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.

Amy Winehouse at Virgin Fest (Rich Lipski/The Washington Post)

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

By Maura McCarthy |  August 4, 2007; 3:20 PM ET  | Category:  Saturday's Festival
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Great job with this - appreciate the updates for those of us that couldn't make it out.

Posted by: Arlington, VA | August 4, 2007 03:26 PM

...but how hot was it?

Posted by: hmm | August 4, 2007 03:55 PM

This woman has got to be the most talked-about performer in the past couple of years. Is her album any good?

Posted by: Station North, Baltimore | August 4, 2007 04:40 PM

I don't know if her music is any good, but it has to be better than her body is. God, how ugly could a woman be? What a pig!

Posted by: Friday Knight | August 4, 2007 05:45 PM

Posted by: tracy | August 4, 2007 06:12 PM

Too bad so many women think they can't be full figured and attractive. Which is better, really?

Posted by: Big Amy was better | August 4, 2007 06:22 PM

Amy have you put on weight? I would suggest more hours in the gym and less eating.

Everyone else, update your dead pools accordingly. This looks like easy money.

Posted by: Disgusting | August 4, 2007 06:29 PM

I was up close for this set and the review nailed it. She just went through the motions and collected her check. Her two male backup singer/dancers put on a great show though.

Posted by: Bobo | August 4, 2007 06:34 PM


That bulge in her (

~ Timmaaay!!!

Posted by: i.m_timmaaay!!! | August 4, 2007 06:37 PM

That bulge in the shorts might bring her sexuality into question!!!

~ Timmaaay!!!

Posted by: i.m_timmaaay!!! | August 4, 2007 06:38 PM

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