After 3 months writing in the Caribbean, Amy Winehouse’s label has asked her to return to the recording studio to put out an album with a sound that’s… well… not reggae.
With a lot of pressure to follow up her 2006 LP “Back to Black,” label execs aren’t taking chances with a new sound. Why should they? Amy’s vintage soul sound was a smash hit, setting the bar for all other artists riding the trend to be compared to, including Duffy, Adele, etc.
Rumor has it that the lyrics on Amy’s new album are also much darker than her 2006 hit. Sources told welt.de:
The lyrics are very dark indeed. While she’s known for her conversational style and has been very successful with it, many of the tracks are near the knuckle. In the past, she’s written frequently about broken hearts and boyfriends, but this time round she’s delving into harrowing terrain.
Perhaps he meant heroin terrain, as Winehouse has developped a tragic public image as an un-remorseful addict. That persona is also cause for alarm from the label regarding Amy wanting to pursue a reggae sound. The source added:
It is crucial Amy’s return is handled properly. If she puts out a record that is in any way half-baked, that could severely damage her long-term prospects, so everyone’s focus at the minute is getting it right, even if that means telling Amy some things she probably won’t want to hear.
So what can we learn from all this?
Lesson #1: Find out what you do best, and do it. It’s one thing to pursue artistic integrity, but another to shoot yourself in the foot and sabotage your career. I’ve always struggled with balancing the music I want to play with the music I’m best at playing. My advice would be to play whatever genre will give you the biggest platform, keeping your passion as a hobby. From that platform, you can gain new resources (financial and personnel) to develop the genre you’re more passionate about.
Lesson #2: Don’t do drugs. Seriously though. Don’t do it.