Frank is the debut studio album by English singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse. It was released on 20 October 2003 by Island Records. Production for the album took place during 2002 to 2003 and was handled by Winehouse, Salaam Remi, Commissioner Gordon, Jimmy Hogarth and Matt Rowe. Its title alludes to the nature and tone of Winehouse's lyrics on the album, as well as one of her influences, Frank Sinatra.
Frank is singer Amy Winehouse’s debut album, the title paying obvious tribute to Frank Sinatra, who’s influence played a major part in the album’s process. Although the album received critical acclaim and one of its singles went platinum, Winehouse herself later expressed dissatisfaction for how it came out years later: Some things on this album make me go to a little place that’s fucking bitter. I’ve never heard the album from start to finish. I don’t have it in my house. Well, the marketing was fucked, the promotion was terrible.
Amy Winehouse - Stronger Than Me (Harmonic 33 Remix) (03:42, 320Kb/s). Amy Winehouse - Someone To Watch Over Me (Demo) (04:28, 320Kb/s). Amy Winehouse - Mr Magic (Through The Smoke) (Janice Long Session) (04:04, 320Kb/s). Listen online and stay in a good mood. Org Album: Frank & Back To Black (2006).
But Frank does not entirely present the Amy Winehouse of legend; despite confronting emotional issues, love pains, dissatisfaction and a worldview that was sometimes shockingly blunt, Frank is clearly optimistic and powerful: the work of a woman growing and expanding, not flogged by tending the wounds of a fast-lived life. The title tells us all we need to know: the music might be sweet and tender, easy to listen to, but we are not to be spared Amy’s truth . The album is not perfect – but imperfections are human. Reflecting the artist herself, Amy’s first album was bold, bittersweet, unflinching and entirely Frank. Frank can be bought here.
As anyone who's seen the video of Amy Winehouse desperately finger-fumbling her way through "Back to Black" at the MTV Europe Video Music Awards knows, her public persona is now screwing up her art something fierce. So instead of a new record, Americans are now getting a modified version of Frank, her first album, originally released four years ago and subsequently dissed by the artist herself.