Island Records, frustrated with demo tracks Amy Winehouse presented for the follow-up album to 2006's multi-platinum Back To Black, has sent the controversial artist back to the drawing board.
The singer's follow up is choc full of reggae-driven tracks that vary wildly from the critically-acclaimed, retro-soul sound that made her a star, a source told the UK Sun.
“She wrote a hell of a lot of songs, but the majority of them just aren’t hitting the mark ... her bosses don’t think it’s a wise move to change her style so sharply and have told her that," the source told the Sun.
Another knock on Amy's latest work is that her wildly-emotional split from hubby Blake Fielder-Civil has influenced a dark, pessimistic tone that resonates from each track.
“While she’s known for her confessional style and has been very successful with it, many of the tracks are near the knuckle," the source told the Sun. "Everyone understands that Amy is an artist and she must be true to her instincts. In the past, she’s written frequently about broken hearts and boyfriends, but this time round she’s delving into harrowing terrain.”