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2008 debut album from the Welsh singer/songwriter (not to be confused with Stephen Duffy, who released albums in the '90s under the name Duffy). Welsh songbird, Duffy, came to the attention of Rough Trade Management in 2004. Rough Trade pointed Duffy in the direction of guitarist/producer Bernard Butler (Suede/The Tears/McAlmont & Butler). Duffy spent the next couple years honing and developing her songwriting skills all the while discovering hidden musical gems that inspired her. The fruits of her intense labor is this magnificent album, a masterclass in mature, resonant Pop, 10 tracks including the first single `Mercy'. Polydor Records.
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This debut by the 23-year-old Welsh singer Aimee Anne Duffy is not so much an album as a museum.
She's been hailed as the sound of 2008 but really she's the sound of 1964, or thereabouts - Rockferry is all saucer-eyed, glossy soul-pop in the style of Sandie Shaw, Dusty Springfield and even Lulu.
Most of its songs are slower and grander than the fizzy Number One single "Mercy": the best examples are the mellifluous "Warwick Avenue" and the lung-busting "Distant Dreamer".
But while her voice is technically unimpeachable, it isn't always very moving. It doesn't sound as if there's any heartbreak behind it - too pretty for pain, too sweet for sadness.
IndieLondon wrote: "It's a moody, atmospheric effort built around Duffy's powerhouse vocal delivery and some genuinely thrilling background drum loops and strings. Butler's influence is evident throughout but the song certainly marks Duffy out as a fierce talent to watch".
Tipped in UK as the sound of 2008, Rockferry actually manages to live up to the hype.
Wonderfully soaked in chic, retro soul, the production deliberately pushes Duffy's smoky voice to the fore.Read more ›
Rockferry went on to sell over 6 million copies worldwide and received global praise from music critics. It amassed several major musical awards for the young artist.
Rockferry became the best selling album in the UK for the entire year ending in 2008.
In that same year, DUFFY won the AMERICAN GRAMMY for the BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM for her vocal delivery on ROCKFERRY.
One has to listen to Rockferry only once to fully comprehend the rationale behind all of the critical praise bestowed upon this artist.
The hit single "MERCY" is not the sole song that has a memorable impact on the audience.
The entire CD contains that "Phil Spector/60s/Carefree" spirit that greatly influenced the vibe and sound of radio during a portion of the early 60s.
DUFFY's vocal delivery is unique yet specifically optimistic.
Her "happy go lucky" vocals are reminiscent of such memorable artists as The Crystals, Darlene Love, Dusty Springfield with a dash of Petula Clark.
The track "STEPPING STONE" is musically crafted to make the audience flashback to a time when "BURT BACHARACH" composed global hits for Dionne Warwick (WALK ON BY) and Dusty Springfield (WISHIN' AND HOPIN').
The hypnotic allure of Rockferry is a shameless straight forward return to the roots of pop-rock music.
This is a CD that true fans of music should own within their music library.
I wait with anticipation for DUFFY to release her follow up to this great musical treat!
ROCKFERRY is anything but forgettable disposable pop music - as is often the case with current releases heavily hyped by tired music labels.
i bought the vinyl LP so i could enjoy on my record player (old school),
there was a lag of about 2 weeks between the time i ordered and when the LP was actually shipped.
once it was shipped it arrived pretty quickly, in a matter of days but unfortunately the LP was warped, not so much that it won't play but enough to be aggravating.
Most recent customer reviews
Amazing album. Just love blasting this on my hifi system and enjoy her powerful and soulful vocals.Published 2 months ago by Paul Dygon
This album sounds even better on vinyl! The price I got it for made everything better too!Published 11 months ago by Peter Herriman