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Album Review

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Pro-social Content

Winehouse chooses to stand by her man as he fights "Some Unholy War" ("I would be behind him ... with strength he didn't know").

Objectionable Content

Despite admitting that she has a drinking problem, the singer's pride and lack of commitment keep her from going to "Rehab" ("I ain't got 70 days/ ... There's nothing you can teach me"). She coins a new derivative of the f-word on "Me & Mr. Jones," which compounds its offensiveness by using crass slang. It's a vulgar term for male genitalia that also appears on the title track, a song that gives nods to cocaine and marijuana ("You love blow, and I love puff"). On "Tears Dry on Their Own" a woman hates to see an adulterous affair end and anticipates becoming "some next man's other woman soon." Speaking of unfaithfulness, she tells a guy bent on marrying her that he crossed her mind recently while she was "in the final throes" with an old flame ("You Know I'm No Good"). "Just Friends" finds a couple sneaking around for sex. That cut also mentions alcohol and repeats the s-word.

Summary Advisory

This British singer sports tattoos of pinup girls, has a history of self-mutilation and isn't opposed to performing drunk. Winehouse's lyrics on the bluesy Back to Black are no better. Parental advisory aside, its ideas about romance are a recipe for failure and suffering.

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Disc sold 500,000 copies, peaking at No. 6 and spawning the Top-10 single "Rehab"

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Universal Republic




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Bob Waliszewski Bob Smithouser

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