Rockferry (Mercury)

Phases & Stages


Rockferry (Mercury)

Billed as the next Amy Winehouse, oh-so-blond Aimee Anne Duffy snores coffee-shop product. Debut LP Rockferry, written with Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, attempts to smooth Winehouse's edges via a straightedge singer and former contestant on Welsh megahit Wawffactor. Wanna guess the show's premise? Vanilla as it is carbon, Rockferry opens with its promising title track, a lilting, 1960s orchestra seduction, but as the octaves rise, Duffy cracks. Single "Serious" glues white-girl soul, R&B, and rap to En Vogue/Nelly Furtado effect; blues riff "Syrup & Honey" retches on the Mississippi Delta; and closer "Distant Dreamer" floats teeth-numbing confetti. Hell, the girl didn't even win Wawffactor. Duffy's the Clay Aiken of nuevo "soul."


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Duffy
MOJO Recommends
MOJO Recommends
The best British music at SXSW as selected by 'MOJO' editor-in-chief, Phil Alexander

March 14, 2008

More Music Reviews
Review: Holy Wave, <i>Five of Cups</i>
Review: Holy Wave, Five of Cups
Five of Cups (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Sept. 1, 2023

Review: The Bright Light Social Hour, <i>Emergency Leisure</i>
Review: The Bright Light Social Hour, Emergency Leisure
Emergency Leisure (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Aug. 4, 2023

More by Darcie Stevens
Phases & Stages
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It's Blitz! (Record Review)

April 3, 2009

Spotlight: The Wooden Birds
Spotlight: The Wooden Birds
9pm, the Parish

March 20, 2009



One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle