There won't be too many people out there that have not heard of singer/songwriter Duffy. If you haven't heard of her, you will no doubt have heard her music on the radio or in shop, in fact, practically anywhere.
Last year, we added her 2008 Rockferry (Deluxe Album) to our collection, and we are ever so glad that we did, as it is a permanent item in our car to listen to. This deluxe edition features 7 more songs than the original album, and it is well worth paying the little bit extra for.
The album therefore contains 2 discs, the first offering 10 songs, and the second, with the additional 7.
Syrup and Honey
Hanging on Too long
Rain on Your Parade
Fool for you
Breaking My own heart
When we first got this album, we automatically listened and flicked between the songs that we were most familar with such as Mercy, and Warwick Avenue, but slowly, as we left it to play the entire way through in the car, we ended up liking more and more of the tracks, to the point, that I think there is only really 1 that we flick ahead of. In fact my husband actually prefers some of the lesser known songs now.
Some of the best tracks on the album are the catchy but emotive Warwick Avenue, about meeting up with an ex and making sure that you don't get sucked back in. What I like about this song, part from the music itself, is that the words just seem to low and are so true of many break ups. Many songwriters put together daft lyrics simply because they fit the music, rather than necessarily making sense. This is a song that is written from the heart.
One of my favourite tracks is Stepping Stone. A somewhat dark but emotion filled song, with Duffy insisting that she won't be used by an ex boyfriend. The lyrics again fit the music wonderfully and the song really does seem such a reflection of relationships.
We also love the song 'I'm scared' which starts off slowly, but builds up to a really catchy chorus. This is another love song, but again if you read the lyrics, there is truth to the lyrics in reference to relationship break ups.
From disc 2, it is hard not to like the edgy but dark beats of Rain on Your Parade, which is a very powerful and catchy song.
All in all, I am a real fan of both Duffy's music and her lyrics. I hate lyrics to songs that are just put together to rhyme and fit to beats, they don't have the same meaning. Duffy's album however is filled with emotional and true to life songs that most people who have been in difficult relationships or break ups can relate to, and even if you haven't, the music itself is catchy enough that it is difficult not to find yourself singing along. This is a great album, and I an't wait to see what she will produce next.
Duffy has an amazing unique timeless voice which translates perfectly in this album, which is her Debut Album. And the Deluxe Edition has so much more to offer, compared to the normal version, boasting 2 discs of awesome tracks, 17 in total!
Firstly, the album cover reflects perfectly what the album is about. The use of monochrome black and white makes it seem aged, in time, yet it is modern, just like her songs. It is a great cover, and the tracks within reflect that.
Most of Duffy's songs are pop songs, with a hint of 50s feel. My favourite tracks are: "Serious", "Warwick Avenue", "Breaking my own heart" and "Rain on your parade". All the songs have that same feel timeless quality to it, a "Duffy" quality, which can be listened to nowadays and be a modern song. They can also be listened to in whatever mood: lifting you up when you are down, as well as excites you...
The album can be downloaded for less than £5, but to get it boxed, it will cost around £10, from amazon, play, hmv and so on. As the songs can be listened over and over, it is definitely worth buying.
I would like to start by saying that the deluxe edition is better than the standard Cd, as it has more songs on it, and therefor better value.
the CD was relised this year 2008, i have just downloaded my copy from amazon for £3, BARGIN!!
as it would cost you £ 10 in the sale at HMV and £ 13 at asda. other wise you can buy the box set on amazon for £ 8.99, and have it sent to you for FREE.
the deluxe edition is a box set, of two CD discs, including all her new song and others that you may not of heard yet.
the CDs play for 62 minutes and that is 17 songs of bliss in my book.
I like the fact that all the songs are just sung by Duffy and that she dose not have any one featuring on her CD, as all her songs are perfect as they are, i could not imagine them being any better if someone else were to be singing with her.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Warwick Avenue
4 Stepping Stone
5 Syrup & Honey
6 Hanging On Too Long
8 Delayed Devotion
9 I'm Scared
10 Distant Dreamer
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Rain On Your Parade
2 Fool For You
4 Oh Boy
5 Please Stay
6 Breaking My Own Heart
7 Enough Love