Duffy
Rockferry


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dylan S. USER (68 Reviews)
December 20th, 2009 | 19 replies | 7,016 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rockferry is a classic example of music that works. There are no cheap gimmicks or overproduction, it is an album that truly stands for what music today should be.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

For some people striving for fame, they forget what a difficult road it can be; not just reaching success, but being able to stand the pressure when you get to the top. The young Welsh soul singer, Duffy, reached fame with her debut album Rockferry in 2008. The album showed complete raw emotion from the singer, giving her a feeling of exposure, something she had never really felt before. Now that she has reached the top, she openly admits to having struggles with the openness she feels now. In an interview, the singer stated that at one in fifteen performances she begins crying on stage because of a feeling she cannot explain. After her album dropped, she even considered become a recluse, but later decided against it, not wanting to let down her fans.

Despite the troubles she has with fame, Duffy spent five years working on the piece that would reach her there. Five years of writing and recording what would become Rockferry. The sweat and tears that Duffy shed are definitely worth the musical piece of art that is her voice. Some would consider Duffy apart of the recent 60’s revival movement with the likes of Amy Winehouse, without all the drug abuse and stunts and rehab. Duffy was the one saying “no-no-no” this time.

Rockferry consists of ten songs, each co-written by Duffy herself. The first of which, the title track Rockferry, is easily the strongest song out of the ten because of the powerful vocals that Duffy uses throughout. The song begins with a simple and soft melody, with a light taste of vocals. “I'd move to Rockferry, to my road/and I'd build my house baby, with sorrow/I'll leave my shadow, to fall behind,” allowing for an easy introduction that builds into the loud echoing climax of the song. “There’s no sleep on the journey, away from town/A bag of songs and a heavy heart, won't make me doubt/I give it all my strength and my mind/I'll make this decision, win all the fights.” Equaling out to one of the highest points of the album, Rockferry shows a huge range in vocals and emotion in just four short minutes.

The album takes a contrasting turn when the third track comes around. Serious is much unlike Rockferry because of its severe lack of emotion that the title track clearly defined in Duffy’s voice. Serious is the least standout track of all ten, not just because of its lack of emotion, but its lack of originality as well. The style of singing used (particularly in the chorus) is just slow and soft singing of the word “serious” with the use of too many backup singers. Serious is a good song in terms of soul music, but that is just because of the fact that this style is a common, and nearly cliché style used in the genera by many.

The most recognized song on the album, Mercy is what could be describe as Rockferry’s saving grace track. Duffy often tells the story about how she wrote Mercy just as the album was being wrapped up in production, and barely even made it on the final cut. While Mercy is not the best song on the album, it had a hint of pop and spunk that album would be greatly lacking without. In context of the album [b]Mercy[b] throws in a curve ball as a change in sound that makes for just a noticeably more interesting listen overall. The song features a bouncy, “You got me beggin' you for Mercy (yeah yeah yeah)/Why won't you release me (yeah yeah yeah),” that is Duffy speaking out about her personal need to break free from normality. Perhaps the song could be a brief reference to her admitted troubling childhood involving a woman paying a hitman to try to kill her stepfather, resulting in the singer having to be placed in a safe house at age thirteen.

As Rockferry draws to a close with the open and free Distant Dreamer, provides a nice light and airy closing to an excellent , but much too short debut. The producers too felt that the album was much too short, and just a short time after the album had originally dropped a deluxe edition was released featuring all ten original tracks plus a second disk of seven more brand new songs. One of which was a new single, Rain On Your Parade. Rain On Your Parade draws similarities to Mercy but features a more disco tone with a darker and more revengeful Duffy, contrasting the seemingly kind and light hearted side of Duffy experienced on the original cut.

“I pity the fools who bathe in you
'Cause I know someday now they'll see your colors too
And if you see a smile besides my face, no, I'm doing good now
Since you've been erased

'Cause I know in time you'll see what you did to me
And you'll come running back

I'm gonna rain on your parade, no, I won't take it again
And I'll keep raining, raining, raining over you”


Another one of the re-release’s seven songs is Oh Boy. A simple little melody that shows a newer form of the soft side of Duffy that is lighthearted and emotionally frail, much like the singer herself. This song is a perfect example of when a re-release works very well, each one of these seven songs work perfectly in sync with the original ten, acting like the final period of a sentence.

Rockferry is an album that downright works. It is hard to explain how or why but it just has the right musical formula that a listener from any musical background and sit down and thoroughly enjoy every minute of Duffy’s wonderful and highly original singing voice. To say if the singer will be around to produce another work like this is hard to say as only time will tell if Duffy can stand the pressure. We can only hope.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dylantheairplane
December 20th 2009



2168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really love this girl

LepreCon
December 20th 2009



3954 Comments


My mother adores her and has been to see her a lot.
Can't say I'm as big a fan

Digging: Overkill - White Devil Armory

dylantheairplane
December 20th 2009



2168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

maybe I am your mother

LepreCon
December 20th 2009



3954 Comments


Are you currently in my kitchen cooking me my dinner?

dylantheairplane
December 20th 2009



2168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes sweetie, be ready to eat in half an hour

LepreCon
December 20th 2009



3954 Comments


Okay, I believe you, but hurry it up cuz I'm hungry!

(btw, if you like this you might like a girl called Imelda May, similar stuff)

dylantheairplane
December 20th 2009



2168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

checkin it out now

dylantheairplane
December 20th 2009



2168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I want some people to pos or neg this review (preferably pos) because I took a different approach at writing this one and I want to know what sputnik thinks

KILL
December 20th 2009



71482 Comments


annoying voice

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

jagride
December 20th 2009



2313 Comments


Fuck, i hate this kind of retro-pop. Why listen to a pale imitation when you can have the real thing instead

jagride
December 20th 2009



2313 Comments


and yes, by The Real Thing, i do mean THE ESSENCE OF THE TRUTH

dylantheairplane
December 20th 2009



2168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there is a big divide between imitation and revival

cirq
December 20th 2009



9263 Comments


i only heard the song that was on fifa09. it was pretty good

dylantheairplane
December 21st 2009



2168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah there seems to be much diversity about that song. some people love it, others hate it. Im pretty neutral with it because other stuff on here is so much better

TheArtOfColor
July 15th 2010



15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im obessed with her voice

dylantheairplane
September 17th 2010



2168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am probably the only one that cares but she is putting out a new album in November. I'm super ultra mega excited.

On a side note, it seems like quite a few big releases are coming out in November. It shall be a good month.

schwarzekatze7
October 7th 2010



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The review is a bit boring I have to say, hard to read all of it because of much repetition about song lyrics and melodies. Dont go there..
The album is very good though, well it can not be anything other than that since it was produced by a dude from Suede and Duffy is a very talented gal as too!
Her voice is mesmerizing and along with Katie Melua she is the best artist in this genre.
This is 60's soul sound in revival, with a contemporary twist! I dig it!

captaincrunch11
May 3rd 2011



1198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bumped because this album rules.

DarthMann
May 3rd 2012



13815 Comments


fuck this sucks begging for mercy is so bad



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