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2008 debut album from the Welsh singer/songwriter (not to be confused with Stephen Duffy, who released albums in the '90s under the name Duffy). Welsh songbird, Duffy, came to the attention of Rough Trade Management in 2004. Rough Trade pointed Duffy in the direction of guitarist/producer Bernard Butler (Suede/The Tears/McAlmont & Butler). Duffy spent the next couple years honing and developing her songwriting skills all the while discovering hidden musical gems that inspired her. The fruits of her intense labor is this magnificent album, a masterclass in mature, resonant Pop, 10 tracks including the first single 'Mercy'. Polydor Records.
Rockferry, the Welsh singer's lovingly constructed debut album, has already succeeded beyond expectations, and although Duffy may not quite be the ingénue portrayed by a clever press campaign (she nearly won a local television talent show a few years back while a single credited to Aimee Duffy is still available on iTunes) she is surely the most appealing of the current flood of young soul sirens. The astonishing title track, co-written by Bernard Butler, sounded like a lost transmission that had taken decades to get through as soon as it hit radio last year. But the gently rolling soul ballad "Stepping Stone", that strapping, inescapable monster hit "Mercy", the ice cool "Serious" (the one time she really does channel the spirit of Dusty Springfield) and the wistful, elegant "Warwick Avenue" are similarly effective. Suggestions by some that Rockferry is little more than sixties pastiche are churlish. Butler's previous work with David McAlmont (featured here as a backing singer) showed his skill at writing and arranging the dramatic, while her other collaborators such as Steve Booker and the team of Jimmy Hogarth and Eg White are hardly lightweights. But despite some wonderful orchestral settings, it's Duffy's terrific voice that makes this so satisfying, even overpowering Butler's exquisitely underplayed guitar work on "Rockferry" itself. Growling the blues on "Syrup & Honey" or belting it out over his lovingly arranged wall of sound on "Distant Dreamer", she sets the tone throughout, several of her songs dealing with escape, both physical and romantic. The sound of someone singing herself to stardom, Rockferry is at times genuinely amazing. --Steve JelbertPeople en Español
was hoping to like more than a couple of the songs. very much like mercy... maybe will grow on me?Published 3 months ago by pj perry
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Of course, there is no denying that she was influenced by Winehouse's Back to Back. Duffy has essentially done the same that Amy Winehouse did, filtered her songs through the prism of a retro sound.
It wasn't all that original an idea when Winehouse did it, and it is less so here.
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May 20, 2008 by JosephCa64 | See all 3 posts
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I would, and DID see Britney in concert, and it was one of the happiest memories of my life! I have loved her since she came out when i was a freshman in high school. I grew up with her music and most important moments in my life had Brit's music incorporated into it. So i love her and always will!
Sep 15, 2011 by Shara Jordan | See all 2 posts
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You can't even compare Duffy to Amy Winehouse! Or Amy Winehouse to Duffy rather.... because Amy Winehouse sucks compared to Duffy! Amy Winehouse is a stupid drug addict loser and I have lost all respect for her. Duffy on the other hand has class and doesnt look like a crack whore!
Jan 4, 2009 by Matthew D. Davis | See all 2 posts
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