Amy Winehouse & Nas’ “Like Smoke”: Review Revue

Robbie Daw | November 3, 2011 1:27 pm

News arrived earlier this week that Lioness: Hidden Treasures, a posthumous collection of 12 songs from Amy Winehouse, would arrive just in time for the holidays, on December 5. Mere days later, a song from the album called “Like Smoke” has premiered. It features the late British artist soulfully singing (with vocals recorded in 2008) alongside her friend, New York rapper Nas (with rhymes recorded this year).  We rounded up some thoughts on the retro-sounding tune by online critics, which you can read below. :: Prefix calls the song “a chills-inducing burner featuring one of Winehouse’s favorite artists, Nas.”

:: Says MTV, “In fact, while Winehouse sings the five-line hook on the tune, it is Nas who does the heavy lifting, courtesy of two dense verses packed with references to his personal travails, from love and marriage to taxes, the recession and, way before it was a thing, a line about a tall freak who ‘wouldn’t protest with me at Wall Street’.”

:: Spinner points out the following: “Though Winehouse’s vocals were recorded several years ago, Nas’ verses were recent additions, as he eulogizes the songstress and references Occupy Wall Street.”

:: Pop Crush raves, “Amy’s vocals still sound soulful as ever, especially on the opening verse…”

:: Spin brands the song as “unsurprisingly jazzy, laid-back retro-soul, rotating between Winehouse’s appropriately smoky chorus of hard-hearted regret and Nas’s slightly heavy-handed rhymes.”

:: The Smoking Section ponders, “Sure, theoretically, this is still Amy Winehouse’s track. It features her vocals, laid down back in 2008, and it’s set to be on her upcoming posthumous album. But really, it’s part of the run that Nas has been on over the past few months… I just wonder what Amy Winehouse’s crossover audience’ll think of this one – there’ll be more than a few middle-aged white guys bobbing their heads in the middle of Starbucks when Lioness: Hidden Treasures drops.”

:: VH1 notes the following: “Listening to ‘Like Smoke’ is giving us chills, and a heavy sense of loss, but we can’t help but wonder if we’d take the same sentiment from the song if it had have been released during Amy’s lifetime.”

:: Grantland gives this nod of approval: “Posthumous albums, especially rush-released ones, can be a real drag. But nothing to complain about so far here.”

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