Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Day 6 of My Week with Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry on Their Own

Day six of my week with Amy Winehouse and today its 'Tears Dry on Their Own'.

Tears Dry on Their Own was released in 2007. It was the fourth single from her second album Back to Black.

This track reached number 16 in the UK singles chart. It re-entered the top 40 following her death in 2011.

The song is another mid tempo number, with soft backing music and her deep soulful lyrics on top. Amy sounds so low range in this one. I can't fathom how any woman, particularly someone as slight physically, could sound so deep and powerful.

Not exactly an upbeat song, the lyrics are once again pretty dark. Tears dry on their own - the title, gives the first clue to what's happening. Then the chorus hammers it home "he walks away, the sun goes down". Basically, she feels like when he goes, so does the light, the happiness. Cheery stuff this one. Not one for a bluesy day, if you're feeling low.

The video sees Amy in a summer dress, strolling down a busy street. She looks gaunt and unhappy. She is also sitting in a hotel room alone. Her trademark bee hive looking bigger than ever, she emits a casual attitude that makes it work somehow. Just walking down the street, she still stood out from the crowd.

Tears Dry on Their Own is a very old sounding record, but with Amy's distinctive twist. Its another homage to days gone by whilst still brining something new, something edgy. Great song, great artist.

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