Duffy : Rockferry (Polydor)
A masterclass in mature, resonant pop, the album includes the singles « Mercy » and « Rockferry ». Her soulful voice has already beguiled many of the nation’s musical tastemakers and news of its beauty and of the strength of her songs is spreading by word of mouth. Now, as the comparisons fly (Dusty Springfield has emerged as the favourite), it’s time to discover her for yourself. Duffy was born and spent her childhood years in the north Wales coastal community of Nefyn, a place too remote to be driven by style wars or opposing music factions (the nearest record counter was a bus ride away and only stocked the Top 40). The upbringing she describes is one in which everyone had to rub along together, making do and mending, accepting each other and their tastes without prejudice.