In fact, it’s a fairly sinister, gloomy affair — which is probably to be expected, given the song’s dreary lyrics coupled with Winehouse’s tragic life and the film’s noirish bent. Still, it strikes us as an unusually dark side of King Bey, who’s supposed to be literally the most poised human being alive. Bow down, bitches.
A scratchy, bare beat and dissonant instrumentation provide a frame for Andre’s tense verses before Beyonce’s sultry vocals drop; the lyrics see the speaker reversed so it functions better as a duet, which is nifty but a little odd. Never thought the day would come when we would hear Beyonce sing, “I love blow and you love puff,” but hey — there’s a first time for everything.
Beyonce & Andre 3000 — “Back to Black” (Snippet)