She was so good. One of those artists that made me buy into the idea that maybe drugs, pain and tortuous self loathing really are necessary for certain kinds of art. Of all the ‘blue eyed blues’ types singers, including Adele, who is good at what her genre is…Winehouse was the one that I didn’t think fit that label. She was blues for real.
Now, to pull out the Winehouse/Ghostface joint and remember ol’ girl’s talent.
I was hoping the same thing. She even started a tour a few months back but only made it, what, halfway through the first show and then stumbled off stage and canceled the rest of the shows. I always wanted to see her. She seemed to channel the early (female) crooners from the 40’s and 50’s.
I can honestly say I had never heard her sing until the linl posted above, all I had seen was the trainwreck she had become. HUGE waste of talent. Very sad to see how a person can just destroy themself.
I would not be surprised if what happened is that she had gone clean for a while, but then relapsed and took her usual dose of heroin but because she had been clean for a while it was too strong for her and she OD’d.
I agree with those who say it is a waste of a lot of talent.
When she first became popular, I remember thinking she was really talented but wouldn’t be able to keep that raw energy alive for long. I just assumed she would lose her voice.
Then the reports of her off-stage life started to make news and things didn’t look good. You sometimes wonder where real friends are during times like this - someone from the past who might have been able to reach out, but who knows what lurks in the mind of a drug addict.
It is really a shame - she was very talented, had a great voice and seemed to pull her emotions from her gut. Very sad.
I may have even mentioned on SDMB that she was on the fast track to the 27 club. It’s sad to see artists consume themselves this way. It’s a tough way to earn a living even if successful. It’s not a profession for people with the least bit of personal/mental problems.