Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Recently Played: Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Nicole Willis

We here in Cologne are not immune to the allure of Amy Winehouse's cracking “Rehab.” Neither are the locals – I constantly hear it played in record stores here. And, I mean, why wouldn't they? Can you get enough of those crisp, punchy snares? I sure can't!


I first heard this song a while back, on a tip from Maureen. "An Atlantic Records gal, certainly," she said, referring of course to the once-brilliant record label, not the ocean. She couldn't have been more right. Two specific examples of this influence jumped out at me last month, and I thought maybe y'all might enjoy them.

See Saw
I Can't See Myself Leaving You

The entire chorus of Aretha Franklin's “See Saw” seems a prototype for “Rehab,” and, less obviously, the horns at the end of “I Can't See Myself Leaving You” also remind me a good deal of the Winehouse hit. Both songs are from 1968's Aretha Now album.

And if retro soul is your thing, check out this recent song from Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators, out on Light in the Attic Records. (Big ups to O-Dub for turning me onto that one!)

No One's Gonna Love You


Aaron Burkhalter said...

A coworker called Amy Winehouse boring yesterday... I told her we were no longer on good terms...

I hopped on to eMusic today to get my monthly downloads, and what do you think they featured on the front page? Nicole Willis! I downloaded the whole album... I dug the track you posted here.

I haven't listened to the rest yet. I had a ton of downloads and I'm working my way through Arizona's album, my new favorite thing....

Happy 4th you crazy expats!

Mark said...

You are on another music planet than me, although I can't imagine Aretha is still making the scene... still sounds good. We are just trying to figure out if we got the best version of 'I lost me cookies at the disco' to put on Barbara's still-very-virgin i-pod.