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by Duffy

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Barnes & Noble
Pint-sized Welsh songbird Duffy has paired with Suede guitarist Bernard Butler to update the kind of British soul-pop last heard from Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark. Already a massive hit at home, Rockferry crosses the pond on a wave of good press.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Those tempted to dismiss Duffy as only the latest pair of false eyelashes to straggle through the British neo-soul parade owe it to themselves to listen to Rockferry. More authentic than Joss Stone if not as honest as Amy Winehouse (both of these are good things), Duffy may be the best choice of all, whether it's because of or despite the fact that she lacks the force of personality that Winehouse has built her career on, from "F**k Me Pumps" to "Rehab." Duffy's voice can go from angelic to devilish within a few bars, and what she lacks in power and richness (her voice is a little pinched in the higher registers), she easily makes up for in the subtleties and sweetness of her vocal craft, and her ability to carry a ballad with the right combination of drama and flair. The first two tracks, "Rockferry" and "Warwick Avenue," are mirror images of each other -- grand, sweeping ballads with string-laden productions by Bernard Butler and Jimmy Hogarth that become a significant contribution to Duffy's power. Contrary to expectations, her songwriting is more strident than Winehouse's, but it's never delivered with the same type of ballsy swagger. Occasionally, she struggles to live up to the force of her lyrical convictions; her voice sounds younger than Winehouse's, and her best vocal performances come when she's wounded ("Hanging on Too Long"). Butler's production makes her solid voice and intriguing songwriting into an excellent album; although he stays in the background, the occasional guitar flourishes or sweetened strings make Rockferry a better debut than Joss Stone's or Amy Winehouse's.
Rolling Stone - Caryn Ganz
Duffy's Motown- and Dusty Springfield-indebted debut swings with a lounge-y charm.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duffy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Steve Booker   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Bernard Butler   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Oliver Kraus   Conductor
James Banbury   Cello
David McAlmont   Background Vocals
Martin Slattery   Piano,Drums,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Jim Hunt   Saxophone
Makoto Sakamoto   Drums
Eg White   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals
Dominic Glover   Trumpet
Jimmy Hogarth   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Steve Booker   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Bernard Butler   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Oliver Kraus   String Arrangements,String Conductor
James Banbury   Arranger
Seb Lewsley   Engineer
Cameron Craig   Engineer
Eg White   Composer
Richard Woodcraft   Engineer
Jimmy Hogarth   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Pierre Olivier Margerand   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Duffy   Composer

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Rockferry 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw Duffy on SNL. I thought she was outstanding and so was her band. I had never listened to her music before. I logged on to this site and previewed the cd. I will be at B &amp N as soon as it opens tomorrow. Don't sleep on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am thoroughly enjoying every beat of this...every track is my favorite.... I am a new fan.
bookgirl53 More than 1 year ago
I am a new fan after hearing the song "Mercy" while shopping in the mall, I had to track down who was singing that song. The whole cd is fabulous. She is so soulful and reminds me a little of Dusty Springfield. It is impossible to be still when you are listening to the song "Mercy", even while in the car.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a soulful and unique album. The ballads are both tender and sexy. Duffy's voice is beautiful as always. My favorite songs are: "Rockferry", "Syrup and Honey", "Distant Dreamer", "Warwick Avenue" and "Mercy".
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VIVIAN52 More than 1 year ago
WOW! Where have you been? Love the sound. Love the style. She is real and I feel her voice. I can't wait till the new release... I pre-ordered..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a new, fresh talent that reminds me of the female British invasion! I love the sound of her voice, the songs she sings. Reminds me of the early Detroit/Motown sounds from the late 60s. Its just great to listen to some great new sound.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I wanted to compare her to soulful Amy Winehouse, but her voice is slightly more nasal but just as soulful. I love every song on the CD, almost addicted to her sound while I sit here at work. Great talent, amazing lyrics. Thumbs up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aimee Duffy has a voice reminiscent of Petula Clark or Lulu but with a Motown twist. While the lyrics on this album are a simple, she is young and has made an impressive debut. The production and Aimee's voice make this release a sea-change in the usual television mediocrity. This talent has the 'chops' and great production and backing to go far, look for a great talent blooming here!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the next big thing.duffy has won hearts and ears.what a big voice in such a tiny body.the james bond movie people should consider duffy for bond songs.she is strikingly in the vein of shelley bassey or dusty springfield!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! This album is the best of the year so far! She has such a great retro soul sound to her. I like how she co wrote all the songs. A great talent and I can't wait for the next album! It's well worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally there is someone who isn't wearing skimpy outfits and lipsyching!! She's go this retro soulish sounding thing about her and it's really unique!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I only liked one song in the whole album. With so much postive feed back on the this website and on television I thought it would have been out of this world. I was truly disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is full of soul, jazz, and one amazing voice. She is co-writer on this album. I love Rockferry and am already anticipating the next album. Her songs are relatable to people's emotions and thoughts. It goes deeper than pop. We are overdue for an artist like this to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended this CD, but I didn't think I was going to like it. It was quite the surprise! I really like her bluesy voice, the beat of the music. The first song I heard was "Mercy", and I thought it was like a 60s remake or something. I loved it! Everyone should buy this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hear it all the time i like the groove she brings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't think the songs on this album are out of this world, but they are pretty darn good. I don't like Amy Winehouse at all, but to make a comparison, Duffy is like Amy Winehouse without the crack which in my opinion makes it worth a listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a pretty good album, I've listened to it off and on over the course of several days, and I like the old school sixties feel of the music. My favorite is the last song, "Distant Dreamer", as it just reminds me of the "Wall of Sound" that Phil Spector did so well. I would say that Duffy's music is comparable to Amy's sound but less harsh, smoother and more consistant. "Warwick Avenue" is perfectly spare and easy, also a very good song! All very enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who is this girl? I am 56 years old and was exposed to the soul music of the 60's so I have a soft spot for soul. This album, in my opinion, is the best of the english neo soul movement that includes Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse. Both of those girls have some good music but their albums do not have the beginning to end attraction of this one. I like it better with each listen. Great vocals, decent lyrics, strong beats. Good music. Duffy herself "vocally" reminds me a bit of Dusty Springfield. All in all this is the best new album I have listened to this year. Great pop music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first track, ROCKFERRY is completely spot on. This is an excellent album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album randomly in the mall (where I work) and was excited that it was only $9.99 (the cheapest CD that I've found in the mall to date). I listened to it once and fell in love with it instantly. I havent taken it out of my CD player since I bought it, and that was over a month ago! I've seen people compare Duffy to Amy Winehouse, but if you ask me, Duffy is WAY more talented and more entertaining than Amy (save Amy's drunken stupers you get to read about on USA Today).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got this CD a few weeks ago and still love it. It's really fantastic. I am glad to see that she is making a name for herself. Great style and lovely songs. I also bought the soundtrack from The Cockettes and love it too.
Star_Gazer More than 1 year ago
A great throwback album. Makes you want to get out of your seat and do the twist when you here Mercy. All the other songs are really deep, and you can feel the emotion in the words.
Elle-Dinnell More than 1 year ago
Duffy is one of my favorite CD's. I especially love the song, "Mercy"... it just gets you moving and singing. I like the uniqueness of her voice and music. I highly recommend this disc.