Review: “Rockferry,” Duffy

Welsh singer Duffy is a throwback to Britain in the 1960s. The look, the voice, the songs and even the CD cover takes us back to the days of Dusty Springfield, Lulu and Bridget Bardot (more the look, not the voice). Her impressive first disc, Rockferry, is filled with lush arrangements, somber moments, cool beats and sweet sex-kitten vocals.

Duffy belts out tunes about heartbreak throughout the CD’s 10 tracks. She begs like a schoolgirl on the saccharine “Syrup and Honey,” she won’t be a pushover on the Burt Bacharach-esque “Stepping Stone,” trusting someone was a mistake on the mellow “Hanging On Too Long,” she channels the girl groups of the 60s in the cool “Rockferry,” and Bruce Springsteen on “Distant Dreamer,” and she shows her off her writing and vocals skills on the best track, “Mercy.”

My guess is you probably won’t hear too much of Duffy on conventional radio. It’s probably a good thing. She’s too cool to be lumped in with the likes of Mariah Carey, Christina Aguliera and, dare I say, Clay Aiken.

MP3: Mercy

YouTube: Mercy

YouTube: Rockferry

Duffy Official Website

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