H, 1951: This is a great album showcasing an amazing, incendiary talent. The overall sound hearkens back to classic girl group albums from the fifties and sixties, but still has a fresh feel, and the song’s lyrics are often explicit in a very modern fashion. Horns are used very tastefully to fill out the sound. Amy’s vocals are tremendously powerful. “Tears Dry On Their Own” is one of my favorite tracks. Looking back now, it’s easy to see the contrast between the pain and vulnerability expressed in the lyrics and the tremendous strength of the vocals. In this sense she reminds me of Janis Joplin, even though they were musically miles apart. Both presented musically as tremendously powerful individuals, even though they both succumbed to the very vulnerabilities they sang about so well.