It’s a little hard to believe, but a full four years has elapsed since Amy Winehouse briefly took over the music community and turned the whole business on its ear with her sophomore album Back to Black. Since then, she has had a handful of highs and a big bushel’s worth of lows. After running into legal trouble, health problems and the strangeness that is her personal life, it’s possible that one of the most distinct voices in pop music will be back around soon. While at a film premiere, Winhouse told a London newspaper that her new album would be out by early next year. The album will be six months at the most,” she told London’s Metro. “It’s going to be very much the same as my second album, where there’s a lot of jukebox stuff and the songs that are … just jukebox, really.”
Though it seems like it has been forever since we last embraced her (four years between albums is two lifetimes in modern pop music terms), Winehouse is only two years removed from what was the biggest night of her life. At the 2008 Grammy Awards, she took home a total of five prizes: Record of the Year (for “Rehab,” which she shared with producer Mark Ronson), Song of the Year (“Rehab”), Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“Rehab”), Best Pop Vocal Album (for Back to Black) and Best New Artist. (In a development that still has people scratching their heads, Album of the Year did not go to Back to Black but rather to Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, a collection of jazz interpretations of Joni Mitchell songs.)
Winehouse not only won five awards but also provided the night’s most impressive performances, as she delivered “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good” live via satellite from London.
After the Grammys, things spiraled downward into a cycle of health issues, arrests, court appearances and the issues surrounding former husband Blake Fielder-Civil. But there’s no reason to think that she can’t call it a comeback and get back on top of the pop world like she was on that one great night in 2008.
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