Mostly the Voice

More

As promised I've been trying to get up on Amy Winehouse. Like most of the world, I dig Back to Black. I'm less of a Frank fan, but I need to give it a few more rotations before I'm certain. 


What I most enjoy is the sheer confidence in her Winehouse's voice, and the utter lack of ornamentation. This is the era of divas. The world heard Aretha, and then every Beyonce and Mariah had to be an athlete. Surely it's a style which some of my favorite artists employ--Teena Marie for instance. But there was something else with Sheila, something fearsome that came with the athletics.  

I've never heard Mariah sing and lost sight of the fact that she's working. I've rarely watched Beyonce and thought the she made it look easy. The architecture is indeed impressive, but it's all out there for you to see. 

Winehouse wasn't really interested in superfluous vocal runs. She's not shuffling for you. She has nothing to prove. She can sing, You know it. She knows it. So why the pretense? 


Jump to comments
Presented by

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

A Fascinating Short Film About the Multiverse

If life is a series of infinite possibilities, what does it mean to be alive?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

Video

How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

Video

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

From This Author

Just In