The singer’s demo tracks for her third album, recorded in the Caribbean, have left her label less than happy.
And they’ve told her she needs to come up with a new set of songs.
An insider said: “Amy was very productive during her stay in St Lucia. She wrote a hell of a lot of songs, but the majority of them just aren’t hitting the mark.
“She seems to have ditched her trademark vintage soul sound and is now heavily influenced by reggae. Her bosses don’t think it’s a wise move to change her style so sharply and have told her that.”
And what’s also cause for concern is the bleak outlook of the lyrics, which focus largely on her turbulent relationship with estranged husband BLAKE FIELDER-CIVIL.
My source added: “The lyrics are very dark indeed.
“While she’s known for her confessional style and has been very successful with it, many of the tracks are near the knuckle.
“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.”
I can understand her record label’s frustration.
Amy is one of Island’s priority acts but has been painfully slow in providing them with a follow-up to her breakthrough second album.
Back To Black was released way back in October 2006.
It has gone on to sell 11million copies worldwide but its successor is still nowhere near completion.
The source added: “It’s crucial Amy’s return is handled properly.
“If she puts out a record that is in any way half-baked, that could severely damage her long-term prospects, so everyone’s focus at the minute is getting it right, even if that means telling Amy some things she probably won’t want to hear.”
Ugh, I myself is over the Vintage soul sound I loved it for BTB but it's kind of a "good while it lasted" type of thing, I couldn't stand another album with the same sound from her.New sound,new image.