Back to Black is the third single from the homonymous album by Amy Winehouse, her second and sadly last album published by EMI in 2006. She tragically died on July 23, 2011, in her house in Camden Town – a neighborhood in London she was very bound to and where she was living. Her death at age twenty seven puts her name in the curse of “27 Club”, a list of popular musicians, actors, and artists died at that age. Member of the Club are amongst others Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison. But Back to Black lyrics sound like a premonition of an severe uneasiness raising from years, maybe a prophecy.

About song meaning…

It’s no mystery lyrics are about a desperate downward spiral towards the hell of dependance Amy was living. Drugs and alcohol were maybe the consequence of a lack of affectivity stability. Her former husband Blake Filder (whom Amy clearly refers to in lyrics) was coming and going from her life, and had a lover called Chloe at that time, therefor the line “you come back to her and I come back to black”.

Music and voice

Looking at her previous album Back to Black has for sure more Soul and Motown style when compared to her previous work Frank. A difference strongly wanted by the artist still maintaing her peculiarities, her powerful and unmistakable voice amongst others. More than her amazing sometime slobber voice Amy’s peculiarity was her ability to give a unique interpretation of her songs (always written by herself). She was able to totally control dynamic and timbre of her voice, never following a straight path but always looking for the most emotional one. Tony Bennet, famous jazzman, said about her after her death “ She was a true, great, pop jazz singer and she never sang a line that she didn’t mean”.

Worthy on note of mention is her bass player Nick Movshon. Born in 1982, he also starred with: The Black Keys, TV on the Radio, Lana Del Ray, Dr. John, The Wu-Tang Clan, Charles Bradley, Bruno Mars, Quincy Jones, Lee Fields, El Michels Affair, Nas, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, The Menahan Street Band. He is becoming one of the best modern bassist all over the world.