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Rockferry CD (2008)

Artist: Duffy

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The most hotly anticipated album release of this New Year comes not from someone rammed into the collective consciousness by their media ubiquity. Duffy is an unknown quantity at this point, having performed but a small number of gigs, mostly in support of The Magic Numbers, and having only just begun to be seen on TV, most notably with recent appearances on BBC1's Later with Jools Holland.

Yet her soulful voice has already beguiled many of the nation's musical tastemakers and news of its beauty and of the strength of her songs is spreading by word of mouth even as you read these words. BBC Radio One's Jo Whiley chose Duffy's title track and album taster "Rockferry" as her Single of the Week in late November, further adding to the momentum. Now, as the comparisons fly (Dusty Springfield has emerged as the favourite), it's time to discover her for yourself.


Label Fontana
SKU 207942077
UPC 602517629769
UPC 14 00602517629769
Format CD
Release Date 5/13/2008
Author Duffy
Artist Bio
DuffyDuffy was born and spent her childhood years in the north Wales coastal community of Nefyn, a place too remote to be driven by style wars or opposing music factions (the nearest record counter was a bus ride away and only stocked the Top 40). The upbringing she describes is one in which everyone had to rub along together, making do and mending, accepting each other and their tastes without prejudice.Having no CD collection of her own, her first real musical memory is of walking into the kitchen unannounced to find her mother and stepfather dancing to Rod Stewart. The first steps she took towards defining her own personal identity came when she borrowed one of her dad's VHS tapes of the '60s TV show Ready, Steady, Go!. "It had The Beatles, the Stones, the Walker Brothers, Sandie Shaw and Millie singing "My Boy Lollipop". So sexy and exciting! I played it again and again until finally it disintegrated."Says former Suede guitarist and record producer Bernard Butler of this artlessness, "Duffy managed to grow up without any concept of what was cool or current, what she should or shouldn't like, how to behave or even how to sing. For her, coming to London at all was the stuff of fairytales.""And to come here to write songs with some random bloke who'd been recommended to her, me? It meant taking two buses and then two trains and took all day. Then she'd do the same in reverse to get home, playing the music she'd just made to old ladies she encountered on the journey. It's hard for cynical music industry types to get their heads around just how far removed she was from our world, geographically and in every other way. But what you've got as a result is someone who acts and sings completely and unselfconsciously from the heart. That's a rare and magical thing."
ReviewSource Observer Music Monthly
Review Say hello to Duffy, the 23-year-old singer born Aimee-Ann Duffy who is, as countless pundits have declared, the Sound of 2008, the New Amy Winehouse, or simply the Welsh Adele...Rockferry is a fantastic album of burning blue soul. In particular, "Mercy'" is a big, booming, finger-wagging sashay worthy of the Supremes. "Syrup and Honey", with its monochrome echoes of "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You", is a ballad you can imagine Elvis singing. "Hanging on Too Long" is a melodramatic belter easily the equal of anything on Back to Black...The magical aura is reinforced by bafflement: how did this shy and fluttery woman-girl, from a remote, Welsh-speaking part of the country, arrive so fully formed, channelling the sounds of far-off Memphis and decades-gone Detroit? Well, it's not quite been a natural-born breeze: Duffy has been working on Rockferry for almost four years. She's co-written with producer Bernard Butler (Sixties-obsessed ex-Suede guitarist), Jimmy Hogarth (a KT Tunstall collaborator), Eg White (Ivor Novello-winning scribe for Will Young) and Steve Booker (who's written for everyone from Natalie Imbruglia to Marti Pellow; Lindsay Lohan to the Bratz dolls)...The closing track, "Distant Dreamer", is an epic, orchestral stab of longing. A young Welsh woman channelling the Walker Brothers? Now that's clever.
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Artist Duffy
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
Boston Globe ...Duffy's delivery is as pungent as it is unaffected, and the songs, which the singer co-wrote, follow suit.
Entertainment Weekly Once the Dusty Springfield-flecked closer, "Distant Dreamer," comes round, you'll be wishin' and hopin' for more.
Los Angeles Times ...[Duffy] boasts a cool power that...stays sweet, soulful and satisfying. For a debut album it's remarkably consistent and confident, and promises great things to come for the future.
Sputnikmusic Duffy is a major talent, and Rockferry is little short of outstanding.

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