Amy Winehouse

Further proof that you can actually put an old head on young shoulders arrives with Amy Winehouse and her second album 'Back to Black'. One of 2006's best albums, it mixes the energy of 1960s girl groups, with achingly honest lyrics and a vocal performance from Winehouse which has a beauty and world weariness far beyond her 22 years. With uncles who are professional jazz musicians, a grandmother who dated Ronnie Scott in the 1940s and a childhood listening to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Washington, it's hardly surprising that Winehouse's debut album 'Frank' found her exploring the genre. The album garnered Winehouse an Ivor Novello award and a Mercury Music Prize nomination, but the singer herself has voice ambivalence about the acclaimed album, saying she rates the songs but not the record itself. When it comes to 'Back to Black', if Winehouse can find anything to gripe about then it's yet another case of someone being too hard on themselves. Effortlessly and timelessly cool, it reveals Winehouse to be a singer who's not content to release the same album twice, swapping styles and showing that for all the column inches she's generated, the real story will be what she does from record to record.