Amy Winehouse 's posthumous release 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures' goes on release in the UK on Monday, ahead of which the critics have been having their say on a record put together by two of the late stars most prominent producers, Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi - it was Ronson who was on hand for Winehouse's smash hit cover of The Zutons 'Valerie', while Remi took to production duties for tracks on both her debut album 'Frank' in 2003, and 2006's 'Back To Black'.
The trouble that occurs with many posthumous releases comes is that, often, unreleased material has remained so for a reason, and as reviews of the album have come in it's a factor that hasn't escaped the critics notice, with the UK's Guardian newspaper stating "There are early recordings that would probably never have seen the light of day had the artist lived." The Independent is in similarly stand-offish conclusion, noting that "While 'Lioness' is a far better posthumous collection than Michael Jackson's 'Michael', from almost exactly a year ago, it's a poor substitute for the high-octane musicality of 'Frank' and 'Back To Black'."
There are more positive words to be found on it however; Entertainment Weekly - like The Independent - compares it to a posthumous Michael Jackson effort from last year, by stating "it's leagues beyond hastily assembled fare like Michael Jackson's Immortal. That's a credit to producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson." It has to be said though, that such has the outpouring of sympathy towards Winehouse's family been since the star's death in July, it's unlikely any negativity from the critics will make much of a difference on the charts.