10 Greatest Breakup Albums of All Time
8. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
Just like a bad breakup jump-started Adele's career, a breakup album helped build English songstress Amy Winehouse's career. In an interview with The Sun, she said "Back To Black is when you've finished a relationship and you go back to what's comfortable for you. My ex went back to his girlfriend and I went back to drinking and dark times." That certainly makes sense in the context of "Rehab" and the vicious nature of "You Know I'm No Good." "Upstairs in bed with my ex-boy, he's in a place but I can't get joy." Ouch.
7. Beck, Sea Change
Wow, who would have expected the follow-up to 1999's Prince-fied and funky Midnite Vultures to be so beautiful and heartfelt? Sea Change, with its sweeping strings, overcast atmosphere, and reverb-drenched vocals is an album about transformations, right down to its title. Beck was inspired to write the album after his fiancée ended their nine-year relationship. While that sucks for Beck, songs like "Lost Cause" and the slyly hopeful "Golden Age" are tender and absolutely gorgeous.