I never really gave her a lot of thought until she died. I listened to one of her songs for the first time yesterday. She isn't to my personal taste, but I can see why people enjoyed her music. I am wondering if she is the Kurt Cobain of a new generation, although, I doubt she killed herself. I am guessing she unintentionally ODed.
At any rate, I am trying to figure out her appeal and I'm having a hard time. She wasn't super pretty like most singers today and she didn't sound so incredibly synthesized like they usually do anymore (which is why I listen to music recorded before the voice correction devices or singers who don't use them. I like to listen to people with actual talent and not a super plus bra size and bleached blond hair.) All I can figure is she was the complete antithesis to all these no talent ultra good looking hacks the studios push these days.
So if she has any fans out there, could you explain her appeal. Thanks.
I've heard very little of her music but what I did hear was kind of cheesy and almost depressing, not really my thing but obviously a lot of people like her so I'd like to know what her appeal was, too.
Regarding what the studios push these days, it definitely all comes down to what's going to sell over what actually constitutes real talent or good music. I don't think synthesized necessarily means talent-less hacks though, there is a lot of talent hidden in pop music. A TON of garbage too, of course... but if you get a good pair of studio headphones and put on some electronic, engineered music that is produced and mixed well, and has a lot more going on than just the vocalist, that's where the real art and explosive eargasms can be found :) Top 40 doesn't do that very often but there is some good stuff hiding out there.
Keith Richard of the Rolling Stones said of Amy that she was his favourite performer. That was before she died. He was referring to her musicianship, songwriting talent and singing ability. She was exceptional.
Amy was from North London, England, a borough called Camden Town which is a traditional home for alternative music/lifestyles. There she flourished. Below is a graffitti art tribute to Amy, painted yesterday at Camden Lock by the street artist Banksy.
She was the daughter of Jewish parents who survive her.
I never liked Amy Winehouse, but I do like some over the top artists.