It's not "Back to Black," or even "Frank," and it definitely feels unfinished in many places, but I'll still take her leftovers, most of which are covers, over the vast majority of what's being played on Top 40.
Alas, it's ultimately a sad reminder of what could have been had Winehouse beat her battle with the bottle and those other demons.
Anyway, here's a rundown — courtesy of http://www.metacritic.com — of what some of the pundits have to say. Ranking of 0-100 follows name of publication.
As posthumous albums go, it's leagues beyond hastily assembled fare like Michael Jackson's Immortal. That's a credit to producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson.
This is a sad record. A grab bag of outtakes, unreleased tracks, demos, covers and song sketches, these recordings feel like a gut punch.
Los Angeles Times
The 12-song compilation is slight on new insights....But as vault-emptying collections go, Lioness helps rebut the tabloid qualities of her life and death, and return some of the focus back to what won her such allegiance--her voice.
The Observer (UK)
Covers make up the backbone of this perfectly enjoyable, but tame release.
A cash-in thin on new songs that confirms Winehouse was still a long way from finishing up the five-years-in-the-making follow-up to "Back to Black."