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No. 9 Amy Winehouse "Back to Black" (Island) Before drug use and a volatile marriage pulled her completely off the rails, Winehouse had emerged as the year's most distinctive young vocalist. Her second album spurred debates about who owns the rights to vintage soul, but Winehouse's brilliant phrasing and inflection, along with Mark Ronson's inventive production, made it more than a period piece. The album's great because of her artistry, not her much-documented disorderliness.
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