(From CMU Daily 24 March 09)

Now, I should start by saying that this story is based on quotes from an unnamed source who spoke to The Sun, but reportedly Island Records aren’t happy with songs Amy Winehouse wrote in St Lucia for her third album. Apparently the heavily reggae-influenced songs feature some pretty dark lyrics and the label feel that the change of musical direction coupled with a bombardment of lyrical misery might be too much for the singer’s fans. Although, given that the music on her last album, ‘Back To Black’, featured a new musical style and some fairly dark lyrics, I’m not sure how likely this is to be true. The source does reckon these lyrics are particularly dark, though

But anyway, the source told The Sun: “Amy was very productive during her stay in St Lucia. She wrote a hell of a lot of songs, but the majority of them just aren’t hitting the mark. She seems to have ditched her trademark vintage soul sound and is now heavily influenced by reggae. Her bosses don’t think it’s a wise move to change her style so sharply and have told her that”.

On the subject of the lyrics, they added: “The lyrics are very dark indeed. While she’s known for her confessional style and has been very successful with it, many of the tracks are near the knuckle. Everyone understands that Amy is an artist and she must be true to her instincts. In the past, she’s written frequently about broken hearts and boyfriends, but this time round she’s delving into harrowing terrain”.


~ by jules80s on March 24, 2009.

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