“Back to Black”
Much was made out of Amy Winehouse's transition from vintage jazz to a spot-on classic Motown sound on her breakthrough second album, Back to Black. This metamorphosis came about thanks to producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, as well as her backing musicians, from Brooklyn's Daptone record label. While the music was backwards looking, Winehouse's lyrics were wholly and authentically modern as she balanced wounded heartbreak with modern danger-girl bravado. "Amy is bringing a rebellious spirit back to music," Ronson told Rolling Stone. "She's brutally honest in her songs."