It’s hard not to feel mixed emotions listening to Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the first posthumous compilation album by Amy Winehouse after her death earlier this year.A collection of outtakes, unreleased tracks, demos, and classics reimagined, the album feels like a sad reminder of the talent we lost, yet a soulful celebration of her life and the joyful music she created for all to enjoy.
“My heart is sad but bursting with pride,” Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, commented on the album via Twitter.
Winehouse’s family and frequent producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson chose the 12 tracks for the album after sifting through thousands of hours of the singer’s recordings after her sudden July death after years of alcoholism. Per usual, Winehouse’s singing captures the full spectrum of her many characters—both carefree and dramatic, coy and demure, retro yet fresh.
The album opens with a cover of Ruby & The Romantics 1963 classic “Our Day Will Come,” a sunny reggae-influenced jam that was recorded at the beginning of Winehouse’s career in 2002. It reminds us of her early aspirations and the undeniable talent that excited us for more. “Body and Soul” is a cheeky duet featuring Tony Bennett and her cover of “Valerie” just can’t help but make you smile.
Other notable covers are Carole King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and the jazz classic “The Girl From Ipanema,” reinvented and infused with her legendary Winehouse sass. “Wake Up Alone,” an original demo recording, is a gorgeous track filled with heartbreak and softness.
Overall, like her breakout sophomore album Back to Black (2006), Lioness: Hidden Treasures is a timeless album that will keep Winehouse on our speakers for years to come.
“Our Day Will Come” by Amy Winehouse
Ashley Smith is a writer and music lover from San Francisco. You can check out what she is grooving to at www.thegrooveisontheloose.com.