Rockferry

November 25, 2014 - Comment

DUFFY Rockferry (2008 UK 10-track CD album – Aimee Duffys soulful voice has already beguiled many of the nations musical tastemakers and news of its beauty and of the strength of her songs is spreading by word of mouth; a masterclass in mature resonant pop her debut album includes the singles Mercy Rockferry Warwick Avenue

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DUFFY Rockferry (2008 UK 10-track CD album – Aimee Duffys soulful voice has already beguiled many of the nations musical tastemakers and news of its beauty and of the strength of her songs is spreading by word of mouth; a masterclass in mature resonant pop her debut album includes the singles Mercy Rockferry Warwick Avenue & Stepping Stone)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 Jelbert

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  • Record Label: Polydor Group
  • Catalog#: 602517564237

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Jakee says:

This album more than lives up to the hype! I’ve been a fan of Duffy ever since I first heard “Mercy”, I loved her style, and her voice took me into the 60s big-stylee.After hearing “Rockferry” too, I decided to buy the album and I was NOT disappointed!1. “Rockferry”This song is amazing, fantastic mid-tempo tune, and she really displays her amazing vocal range when she sings the last chorus a whole octave higher! Bloody hard to sing a long to, but you won’t be able to resist trying!2. “Warwick Avenue”I was SO impressed with this song. It’s really bluesy and it shows off her great voice, it’s catchy and it’s definitely one of the album’s highlights.3. “Serious”This is one of the two tracks on the album which I’m not entirely sure of. It sounds a little bit poppy compared to the rest of the album, plus the verses seem to lead up to a chorus which is a bit lacklustre. Definitely still listenable, but more so for the verses than anything else.4. “Stepping…

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Andy Edwards "staxasoul" says:

This gal is gonna be a BIG star There have been a raft of vocalists with a sound that harks back to the 60’s and 70’s and you could be forgiven for thinking that Duffy is just another one. Her arrival has been carefully managed, with sell out gigs in small venues building the hype, prior to the release of this album.All music biz manipulation so far then, except that Duffy is worth the hype and is a potentially huge star. As someone who is addicted to 60’s and 70’s Soul, and in particular the female vocalists, I hear in Duffy echoes of the great Soul voices, as well as Dusty Springfield, the most obvious comparison. As long as she picks her material and her producers well, then she will be a very big star indeed.Stand out tracks from the album are “Syrup and Honey” a stripped down, bluesy ballad which showcases her voice perfectly, “Mercy”, with it’s old school Motown feel, and “Warwick Avenue”. On further listening, “Hanging On Too Long” and “Distant Dreamer” are both tracks that will grow…

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