There was no doubt in anyone's mind that the death of Amy Winehouse would yield a posthumous recording. The first track to be released from the album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures (a bit long-winded if you ask me, and the term "Hidden Treasures" has a decidedly perverse connotation ever since I saw the episode of Bored to Death where Ray gets a colonic) is entitled "Our Day Will Come."
Although a remake of the 1963 Ruby & the Romantics version, the song, which can best be described as a mash-up of "Addicted" and "Just Friends" (both from the Back to Black album), is an exact replica of the 60s soul/Motown vibe Winehouse had cultivated to a tee. Produced by Salaam Remi (who has created other such masterpieces as The Fugees' "Fu-gee-la" and most of Winehouse's debut album, Frank), the track is telling of what the rest of the album will sound like. That is to say, a carbon copy of Back to Black.
Whether it was Winehouse's intention to deliver what her fans presumably wanted cannot be stated for sure considering that there are a number of tracks she insisted remain in the Island Records vaults. Eerily enough, she made this demand known not long before she died. One of those tracks, "Procrastinate," has been declared by label boss Darcus Beese to be "among the best she ever recorded."
In addition to "Our Day Will Come," another, infinitely more impressive song, "Like Smoke" (featuring Nas), has the tongue in cheek persona of "Rehab" and harkens back to the brazen and rebellious British bird we had all come to know and love. What is more, there is something that is just too tinged with sadness about "Our Day Will Come," as Winehouse sings lyrics like, "Our day will come/And we'll have everything/We'll share the joy falling in love can bring." It's difficult to hear knowing that, in fact, her day will not come.
Winehouse's album, Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, is slated to come out on December 5th, 2011.