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I bought this album purely on the strength of "Mercy". I almost expected the rest of the album to be as good but sadly I was let down...
The album starts off promising. I enjoyed the song "Rockferry" as it's slow, haunting and beautifully executed by Duffy. I enjoyed "Mercy" as I already knew the song and was familiar with it. "Warwick Avenue" is nice, quite melodic and haunting at the same time. The highlights of the album are these three tracks and these three tracks only. I was a little disappointed with the rest of the album to be entirely honest. Going by the strength of "Mercy" I was looking forward to hearing the album, however it just didn't grow on me and I ended up passing it on to my Auntie who liked it. She said it was more "her type of music" or something.
I don't know if I would compare her to Amy Winehouse as I much prefer the style of Amy's music. This album was far too boring and samey for my liking. The songs (apart from the three I have mentioned) are long winded and they all sound the same, so much so that you can hardly tell them apart.
The album is dreary, depressing and far too slow. I think she needed more upbeat songs like "Mercy" to break up the album a little bit.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this album, unless you suffer from Insomnia...
I have quite a large music collection built up over the years & have quite a varied taste in music, I will listen to all genres from all periods, new or old.
One thing I do dislike are manufactured artists & groups where the looks of an individual & their ability to dance takes president over their singing or ability to write songs & play musical instruments.
It really doesn't matter who manufactures them, X-factor judges or money obsessed music lables, it's just not right that truly talented bands & individuals lose out to the expense of less talented people. Despite all that, the best of luck to anyone who makes it into this demanding industry.
When I first heard Duffy on the radio I thought she was another manufactured artist who used her pretty looks to make it, how wrong I was.
At first I heard her music on the radio, usually in the background, I remember hearing 'Mercy' & liking it but little else. Then I heard more & being impressed with her voice but it wasn't until I heard her new single release 'Stepping stone' which nearly knocked my socks off that I decided to actual go out & buy her CD.
INFO ON DUFFY
Born Aimee Anne Duffy in Bangor Wales in June 1984, she didn't come from a musical family. Her debut single 'Rockferry' was released in December 2007 followed by 'Mercy' in February 2008 & her debut album 'Rockferry' a month later. It has since sold 2.25 million copies.
The running order of the CD is:
2 Warwick Avenue
4 Stepping stone
5 Syrup & honey
6 Hanging on too long
8 Delayed devotion
9 I'm scared
10 Distant dreamer
All tracks are written by Duffy with other individuals. Tracks 1, 3, 5, 10 with Bernard Butler. Tracks 2, 6, & 8 with Jimmy Hogarth & Eg White (with a name like that I bet he got teased at school!!). Tracks 9 with Jimmy Hogarth & Tracks 4 & 7 with Steve booker.
So here we have a young talented girl who can write her own material & who has an outstanding voice, nothing manufactured there.
The CD starts with the debut single Rockferry a piano based ballad that speeds up with some clever guitar work. The song sounds like a modern interpretation of Dusty Springfield's material, an impressive benchmark to say the least.
I feel Duffy's voice is just as good as Amy Winehouse & these songs on her debut album highlight the range she can sing to.
There is no better example of that than the next track Warwick Avenue, which I heard being played on the radio so many times, it is a really beautiful track.
My favourite & the one that made me go out & buy this CD is 'Stepping stone' with its wonderful haunting sound, a real future classic.
Her second single the more up-tempo 'Mercy' is also featured & although I quite liked it when I first heard it on the radio, when I really make the effort to hear it I enjoy it all the more. It sounds like something from the 1960s but still sounds fresh & modern all the same.
The final track 'Distant dreamer' is a great track to finish the album with as it slowly builds up & then slows down to the end & is beautifully sung. This particular track reminds me of something that Phil Spector has worked on.
I expected this album to have a couple of great tracks & the rest be 'B' side rejects. What I got was only 10 tracks but no fillers at all, just 10 genuine impressive songs which are very well produced.
The only downside is the packaging, its pretty poor, possibly the record company didn't want to spend a fortune on a debut CD from what was an unknown artist but they could have done better than this effort. Nine pages on the CD booklet of absolute drivel.
If Duffy can keep on the 'straight & narrow' & not be pressurised by her record company to producing another CD within a tight time frame & be left to create fabulous music of this calibre. Then I reckon she has a sparkling career ahead of her. I would fully recommend this CD to any music lover.
Duffy's debut album Rockferry released in 2008 has turned the welsh songstress into a global superstar. She was unknown before this CD release but now she's a household name, so what exactly is it about this record that makes her so special?
Well Duffy has a very distinctive & unique voice which stands out and therefore one which you will instantly recognise from the crowd. Her amazing voice makes every track stand out & as a result in my opinion I don't think there's a bad track on this album.
If I had to describe the sound of this album, I would say it's quite a soul souns which a 60s or 70s feel to it. You wouldn't notice it was released in 2008 but that's one of the reasons I love it so much as it's so different from everything else out there.
You will know the hit singles Mercy, Warwick Avenue & Stepping Stone which all feature. Also title track Rockferry and Distant Dreamer are equally as fabulous.
This is a great album which will grow on you the more & more you listen to it. If you haven't given it a listen yet, you really are missing out on a musical masterpiece. It's an essential CD which should be part of any serious collection.
I bought this as a treat to myself due to not having alot because my kids need things all the time.
The best thing about duffy is that she started singing in a club and was sought out to be a professional singer and produce albums. I can understand why. She has got one of the most unique voices I have ever heard and her music is catchy although quite slussy.
I am not keen on all the songs on this album which is a shame because I tend to skip them so I do not listen to all of it and feel I have wasted a bit of money and should have just downloaded the songs that I liked.
There are also only 10 songs on this cd which is less than on most albums which has not impressed me much. I paid £13 for this from asda when it first came out. I still listen to this when I am doing my ironing and find it relaxing although skipping songs occasionally.
Syrup and Honey
Hanging on too long
The ones I like are Rockferry, Warwick Avenue, Stepping Stones and Mercy the rest of them I could give or take to be honest.
This is not something special it is a photo of duffy in black and white. I think this could have been made more eye catching and original.
I wouldn't recommend to buy this album but to download the songs that you like from her. I think that if you are to buy it make sure you are not paying too much for it, it is not worth the money that I spent on it.
Ever since Duffy released her first album it and she have become hughely succefful the world over. Rap stars love her and she now advertises major soft drinks. In 2009 she won three BRIT Awards, British Breakthrough, Best Female Solo and Best British Album. I am however, undecided about her. She definitely has a very unique sound, a husky, dark voice that is different from anyone out there at the moment but I find her album a bit samey. I think she suffers from the fact that each of her songs sort of sounds the same as the other and there's not too much different about the songs. Also I do find that the songs have been so played over and over again that they are starting to get a bit boring. Also, I thought the recent television commercial she did for Diet Coke was awful. Her singing voice was dreadful, she sounded like a little girl trying to sing and I think that has put me off her quite a bit too.
Duffy's full name is Aimee Ann Duffy and she is from Wales. She is a very pretty girl with long blond hair. Rockferry, her debut album was released in March 2008. According to an article I read, the album became a worldwide success, becoming the best selling album in the UK in 2008, with 1.7 million copies sold. The album was the fourth best selling album of 2008 worldwide. Apparently, according to Duffy, the album title Rockferry, is loosely based on Rock Ferry, a suburb of Birkenhead, on the Wirral Peninsula and approximately ten miles from the Welsh border and three miles from Liverpool.
Rockferry is the first song on the album and I do quite like that one, it's quite dark and slow but a good sound. Mercy is probably the most famous song on the album as it's the first one she released and in my opinion was played to death on the radio. It went straight in at number one when it was released. According to Duffy, the song is autobiographical and is about "sexual liberty" and "not doing something somebody else wants you to do" The rest of the songs on the album are as follows:
"Syrup & Honey"
"Hanging on Too Long"
The thing I like about Dufy as a vocalist is the factthat she has a wonderfully distinctive voice and mixed with the soul influenced songs that she performs it proves to be a winning combination and this is a great break through album for the Welsh singing star who has already gained a few awards for her songs and performances.
I like the fact that her music benefits from a wide range of influences and also that this album hardly has any weak tracks on it, in fact there is only the one track which lets the album down as far as I'm concerned.
The album kicks off with the title track Rockferry which has a nice flow to it and a rather simplistic backing track that helps to accentuate her voice.
Perhaps my favourite track on the album is up next, the excellent Warwick Avenue, there is a 60's feel to this with a Motown influence and it is a super song. Another favourite is Syrup and Honey which has a jazz blues feel to it and is a strong track. Add in the quality of Mercy which was a big hit and you have some very strong tracks to enjoy and these are complimented by the other tracks on the album.
For me the only weak track is Stepping Stone which I have not really taken to, it is a real something or nothing song and smacks of a filler.
This is overall a strong album and great driving music as well, definately worth checking out.
Duffy - Rockferry (2008)
So, Duffy has been called the best singer to come out of Wales since Tom Jones, the new voice of British Soul, and won a Grammy for this album. 'Right' I thought, better listen to some more of her than just 'Mercy', so off I went to iTunes and listened to a bit of each track, ummed and ahhed and then downloaded the album, I mean, for £7 (alright for those that are pedantic, £6.99), a Grammy winning album, can't be bad eh?
She certainly has a distinctive voice, this is the first thing that attracts me to any vocally based act, is it different enough to stand out? Well, yes in this case; Smokey, very 60's, a bit like a slightly higher vocal than Marianne Faithful, though, as I will explain it changes somewhat dependent on the song.
The opening track 'Rockferry' is so 60's it is quite startling, even the production sounds 60's; it is slow, measured, Smokey, mature and I have to say, in parts, a little boring, but it is a decent enough opener that sets the scene.
'Warwick Avenue' is a corker of a track and whilst not reviewing the video, it is well worth watching. I love the whole build up to the first chorus which again, is definitely 60's swinging London. The musical production is superb and her vocals are crisp and soulful. A fantastic track, fantastic vocal and worth the download alone.
'Serious' is a bit more of the same, though has a slightly more 'pop' and contemporary feel to it, not sure if this was released as a single, don't recall it, it woulda done well I reckon.
'Stepping Stone' has a kind of 'folk' thing going on but sounds a little disjointed, her vocal seems to high and not very controlled and the background music seems to be a strange fit, I don't like this, though that is just opinion, many people will.
'Syrup and Honey' This is perhaps my favourite track. A real ballsy blues based number that has shades of Etta James, Dinah Washington, even, dare I say it, Billie Holliday. The vocal is full of angst and sends a shiver or two up the spine. The backing guitar work is sparse enough to allow her to do her thing and I actually think we hear the true Duffy hear, she lets it all go in places and it is fabulous.
'Hanging on too long' is a bit Motown in production and vocal, bit Supremes, Gladys Knight et al...smooth, sultry but a little bland I'm afraid.
'Mercy' is the first track I heard of Duffy, from the great 'wop, wop' start we have a mod/soul feel, this could be Martha Reeves. Top tune, I can just see all the miniskirts and mohair suits, absolute stonker. Watch te video too, Northern soul is still sooooo cool. There is nothing I do not like about this track....feel good, dance along, great vocals, great backing singers, great musical composition...great.
'Delayed Devotion'...if there is a weak track, this is it, and yet, it's really okay.
'I'm Scared'. This is quite a hard song to describe...starts off pretty acoustically, in fact it starts of 'pretty' it is a 'shallow' start, but then it kind of 'burst' into song with plenty of backing, great strings, then it ebbs again, it ebbs and flows throughout and to be honest, I cannot make up my mind about this. I have a pretty crude criteria for most songs...I try and fit them to play lists on my iPod and I can't place this. It is a good song but just does not fit.....until the last 30 seconds and then we have a classically 'soul' song...mmmmm.
'Distant Dreamer' is the final song on this album and it is another strange one, her vocal has been 'played' with in the studio and it sounds like she is singing in an empty room, yet the backing music is very full on. It is again late 60's, early 70's in style and reminds me of Paris for some reason, all a bit too cultured, pleasant but pretentious.
I am very sceptical of 'the next big thing' whenever they arrive, they generally have a 'let down' couple of tracks on the first album and are hyped to be better than they are.
Duffy seems to be, from this album, the exception rather than the rule. Her voice is distinct, special, and very, very big. Some of the tracks on this album will stand the test of time of that I have little doubt. Whether she finds a niche in the market I'm not so sure. There are plenty of singers (think of Amy Winehouse) that have similar vocal talents that have come and gone....if she produces a few more bluesy numbers she will get a cult following in my opinion. 'Syrup and Honey' was as surprising to me as hearing some of 'Pink's' angsty vocals.
Would I recommend this album? Oh yes, definitely, for the two weaker tracks (not weak, just weaker) you get 8 very good songs, of which a couple are better than good.
Great debut, let's here some more.
At first I really disliked Duffy, not only for her music but mainly her voice, the way she sounds for some reason really annoyed me, I think it's the whole wobble in her voice that just got at me a bit, but after hearing some more of he album and listening to her more and more she really has grown on me.
The singer Duffy, was born is wales and this is only her first album. It was released in march last year so its been out for quite a while now, but it shot straight to number one as soon as it was released and stayed in the charts for quite a while as well making it the best selling album of 2008.
She's also had a number one single from the album which is probably her most well known song, and also my personal favourite Mercy. it's a very fast paced song and that's what I like about it as a lot of her others are a bit slower.
5.Syrup And Honey
6.Hanging On Too Long
The album only contained 10 songs in total, but each one was excellent, Duffy also recorded some more songs for a deluxe edition of the album which I believe contains a few more songs however I havnt got this yet. I do know it has rain on your parade on it though, which I also like.
I think my favourite songs on this album must firstly be mercy, after then probably Warwick avenue, and then rockferry. Each of her songs are quite different and they are all very well written, and well constructed. All I know is that I certainly cant wait for her next album if its going to be any where near as good as this one way.
Album cover ~
Black and white which suits her 'from a different era illusion' a moody sultry pose from Duffy which looks good and not too showy which suits her. The logo of her name is displayed clearly and gives the personal feel of an autographed copy...almost.
Rockferry - This is the title track and is very good to be the first song as it booms in with stong bassy notes, as with all Duffy's songs you can tell there's something personal behind the song and the lyrics describe a place. very bluesy yet rocky too a good beat.
Warwick Avenue - Again this seems to have a nice story to it very personal, it has a very sweet melody with the chorus slightly more upbeat. The tone of this track seems as if it's from a different era like a lot of Duffy's songs another reason why I like her, very soulful.
Serious - A much softer, chilled out tune not one of the best but still very good again the tempo rises with the chorus and you can tell she is singing about what she knows - I have heard Duffy say about this song that if the person she wrote it about knew it was about them they'd think she was a 'total weirdo' as they don't even know she likes them in that way!
Stepping stone - A great track, haunting melody and very soulful, the lyrics can again really resonate with you, especially if you've ever been used as someone's stepping stone.
Syrup and Honey - This track is one that especially reminds me of a totally different era, very Motown style, slowly sung but a great song.
Hanging on too long - Another one which starts slow with a slightly haunting tune and then Rocks up a notch for the chorus with lyrics like 'I was a fool for you, right from the start.' it's another relationship related story but then many songs are. The chorus is what stands out and is made more powerful by the build up of the rest of the song.
Mercy - An awesome track, her most famous for all the right reasons. Upbeat and rocky and served to introduce us to Duffy in all her 60's retro Diva glory.
Delayed Devotion - Very catchy chorus, a great sing-a-long another mix of slow and upbeat.
I'm Scared - Very sweet and slow to start with. A nice tune very melodic. with another nice set of lyrics telling a story about missing someone whose left her (another relationship ending song- but very good all the same)
Distant Dreamer - Very airy fairy feel which suits it's title, a great track to close the album because its quite slow paced and has the sound of a finale to it.
Duffy's voice and stage presence~
I have seen her live and she's very endearing in the way she owns the stage she admits 'I can't dance' but there's a lot of cute little moves like swinging the mic. Her voice is fab and very throaty sounding...as I know I keeping pointing out very 60's and from a different era. She also sounds (and looks) much more mature than her 24 years of age.
Where to buy and prices ~
Mine was from Tesco ages ago for about 7-9 pounds roughly but that was back when she was relatively unknown, I'd go with amazon where prices are from £6.40 for a used copy or from £7.98 for new.
I wanted to buy this album after the massive-selling single Mercy thrust Duffy into the spotlight earlier this year. I loved Mercy but decided to wait to hear a few more of the tracks before I committed myself. After hearing and liking Warwick Avenue and Stepping Stone, I took the plunge.
Although none of the tracks on Rockferry are what I would call bad or unlistenable, those three tracks remain my favourite and the ones that I play the most. I do find sometimes that Duffy's voice starts to grate a little after listening to a few tracks in a row, which means that I can't listen to the whole album in one go. This isn't a problem for me though as I usually listen to music on my iPod and simply stick it on shuffle mode instead.
I would recommend this album to people who like Duffy's voice in general, but if you only enjoyed Mercy, you could be disappointed with the rest of the album.
This lady sprung out of nowhere last year and was thrust to the forefront of the UK music scene, off the back of her huge number one hit 'Mercy'. She has since gone on to show that she is more than a one hit wonder.
Who: Duffy had the biggest selling album last year with 'Rockferry' and one of the biggest selling single singles. 'Mercy' was number one on the singles chart for a month.
On this album: You will know 'Mercy' with its thunderous groove and breezy vocals, which seem to get more fiery as the track develops. Duffy slows this down on 'Warwick Avenue,' a tearjerker which sees her lamenting of lost love. This track has a glorious sixties feel about it. 'Stepping Stone' is a highlight, showcasing her shrill tones to wonderful effect. 'Rockferry' is an anthemic song which makes you think of long nights spent on the ocean waves.
Critique: There is a good mix of uptempo numbers and ballads and she has a good set of lungs on her. You might not like the music but you will be exposed to it everywhere you go for the next year or so.
Verdict: Own it
Considering Duffy had the biggest selling album last year over Kings Of Leon, Leona Lewis & Coldplay i thought that this record was worth giving a try to see what it was like. Duffy has been described as the next Amy Winehouse and listening to this record i can understand this. Duffy has as good a voice as Winehouse but Duffy's music is more maturer and real than that of Winehouse.
Duffy to me signifies fun, soul, a brillant voice and some great production. I was hestiant i had this feeling at first that every track would sound like the song Mercy which obviously is a cracking tune and got that brillant catchy hooky chorus but i was impressed that the rest appeared to be as good.
Rockferry is a masterpiece and i mean the song. It's mature and i love that song - the lyrics are deep, real and meaningful and i think it showcases Duffy perfectly and is a brillant opener to the album. Warwick Avenue obviously is another single, i think this was a really good uptempo ballad - i think it's catchy defintely and mature. Serious really is serious, it's very dramatic and emotive certainley. I think there's some great lyrics but what really makes the song is the way Duffy sings the song with passion and emotion capturing and showcasing this lyrics brillantly.
Stepping Stone sounded like a mix and combination of the hooks and style of the first three songs. Syrup & Honey and Hanging on Too Long are more examples of good songs that are quite average but Duffy's original voice turn them into great and good. I dont think this is the best songwriting i have seen but one of the greatest examples of a singers voice and production overpowering the song into a frenzy and creating a hit record.
Mercy i am obviously full of praise for, it's a cracking tune and i just keep humming that over and over ''you got me begging you mercy, why dont you release me?'' the lyrics are so real, impactful and meaningful - this is a meaningful record and the last 3 tracks end the album on a high note. Produciton wise, well done Duffy this is a true soul record that is modern but sounds like from the 60's, there is single after single on it and with a voice like that no wonder it was the number 1 UK album of 2008 in sales.
duffys album and duffy is one of a kind,she has a very unusal in her manor and her singing voice and the way she approachs ways to write her song. Her songs are very heart warming and you can feel her pain and love she says wot she feels but not out right she uses objects and things she loves and hates to describe the way shes feels,she loves her home and her lifes shes been on ups and downs but if u want some one with soul feeling and a amzing voice that touches you,and shake ur ass to,she is unquie in her own way and i love her album to bits she is spirational and isnt one of theses lolli pop heads who follows the crowd she is true to herself and all the fans around her,i hope she brings out another album becuse i will be buying it
This album Rockferry by Duffy can do no harm to any music lovers ears. Its an easy listening cd being classed as soul/motown, blessed with the unique voice of the welsh singer. You almost feel like shes taken you back in time with her choice of genre and style of singing.
I was not drawn into buying the cd by her first single "mercy" i must admit.But... Last year before anybody had a whiff of the first single, she was on the Jools Holland show and performed a song called "Stepping Stone" which is track 4 on Rockferry. That song had me instantly hooked as at the time i could relate to the lyrics .I searched the internet to find out about the new singer. I came across her myspace and listened to her other songs and liked what she was about.
As much as i love Duffy, i must say that there are only 3 songs that grasp at my heart strings and make the album worth buying.
Track 2. Warwick Avenue, Track 4 Stepping stone and Track 6 Hanging on Too Long.
Credit given where credits due... as i'm a singer myself i found it amazing that i connected 100% with the 3 songs i mentioned above. It was like she had taken the words and feelings from my head which could possibly mean shes managed to connect with the rest of the nation. It's hard not to relate to her songs.
The album art does reflect the mood of the album so do expect sad, tear jekers that make you want to reflect on your own love life.
The Album cost £12.99 from woolworths and i was just really happy to find those 3 songs!
Duffy - Rockferry! A fantastic album from a fantastic new artist.
Duffy, an up and coming new artist who was made famous for her first single 'Mercy' . Dufy is known for her querky 60's style appearance and her unique voice.
Duffy is often compared to artists such as Amy Winehouse and Dsty Springfield, which she does not appriciate.
The actual album itself is quite short and has only 10songs. Two of these have been released so far. These are 'Mercy' which I believe reached top spot and the slower song 'warwick avenue'.
This album is simply amazing it shows 60's style crossed with blues, crossed with love songs crossed with the modern era.
The album itself is well worth a buy and you will sing your heart out..guarenteed!!!
The track listings are asfollows:
2. Warwick Avenue
4. Stepping Stone
5. Syrup & Honey
6. Hanging On Too Long
8. Delayed Devotion
9. I'm Scared
10. Distant Dreamer
This album costs around 10 pounds from most good music stores.
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 Dreame