Mark Ronson, ft. Amy Winehouse - Valerie

Paul Cook 00/00/0000

Rating: 3/5

A contemporary instance of a record which poses the question “who actually made this track?” Mark Ronson's (although this is clearly debatable) 'Valerie' is simply a jazzed-up, Amy Winehouse rendition of arguably The Zutons' most successful single. Nevertheless it's an enjoyable pop number that is probably as creditable to the Ronson/Winehouse duo as it is The Zutons after a lengthy spell of saturated radio-play. It must be said however, without Amy Winehouse's distinctive and illustrious 50's jazz club voice lending themselves perfectly to the lyrics, this version of the track would be worthless. 'Valerie' is a perfectly likeable track straight out of Ronson's collaborative cauldron of new takes on not-so-new tracks and for first-time listening is a delight. Unfortunately, the more you hear it the less you want to hear it.

Released: 15th October 2007