August 10, 2008

AMY WITHOUT THE CRACK:

Duffy proves she's worth the hype (Dan DeLuca, 8/08/08, Philadelphia Inquirer)

On Wednesday, Duffy - that's her stage name - brought high expectations and a Brigitte Bardot hairdo to a three-quarters-full Theatre of Living Arts to be put to the is-she-the-real-deal? test.

Rockferry, the 24-year-old Welshwoman's debut, and the biggest-selling album in the U.K. this year, argues that she is. Produced by guitarist Bernard Butler (formerly of the London Suede), it's a canny exercise in vintage '60s pop.

Its string-infused and horn-injected nuggets draw as much from Petula Clark as Dusty Springfield as they sashay down the lonely avenue. And in the grabby song "Mercy," with its "Yeah, yeah, yeah!" hook, Duffy has a captivating calling card that introduces her as a clean-cut innocent in stark contrast to Winehouse's soul-in-torment.



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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2008 12:12 PM
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