by Melissa Niksic
I’m sure a lot of people are going out and buying Duffy’s debut album, Rockferry
, after hearing the single “Mercy.” I am one of those people, and when I listened to the CD in its entirety, I was blown away because “Mercy” is probably the weakest song on the whole album, which says a lot because “Mercy” is such an amazing song. However, the rest of the album is even better! Duffy’s voice is out of this world. It’s soulful, powerful, and absolutely beautiful. People who compare her to the likes of Nina Simone and Dusty Springfield are not exaggerating, but Duffy is really in a league of her own, as she brings a youthful panache to every song.
As for the album itself, I don’t even know where to begin. All the songs are incredible. If I have to pick a favorite, it’s probably the title track, “Rockferry,” which is amazing. My jaw literally dropped when I listened to it for the first time. Other highlights include the wistful “Warwick Avenue,” the soulful ballad “Stepping Stone,” the blues infused “Syrup & Honey,” and the inspiring “Distant Dreamer.”
My one complaint about this CD is that it’s too short…there are only 10 songs, but they are OUTSTANDING songs. Duffy has an amazing career ahead of her, and if you only buy one CD this year, make it Rockferry.