Duffy - Rockferry (3 stars)

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Duffy - Rockferry

(Polydor)

POP

This young Welsh songbird is certainly no Dusty Springfield, nor does she have the grit and sass of Amy Winehouse, but while she may struggle to live up to recent hysterical media comparisons, Rockferry proves that Duffy is still a talent to be reckoned with.

Her debut offering sounds sumptuous. Pristinely produced by Bernard Butler it soars and simmers as pounding pianos, glorious harmonies, stirring strings, horns and 60s stomping rhythms dance playfully around infectious melodies. The smoky vocals too, of course, are perfectly executed, and while the album could definitely do with a little more oomph and a lot more personality, it is for the most part a sturdy and enjoyable slice of sophisticated modern pop.

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