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Aimée Ann Duffy (born 23 June 1984), known as Duffy, is a Welsh singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Her 2008 debut album Rockferry entered the UK Album Chart at number one. It was the best-selling album in the United Kingdom in 2008 with 1.68 million copies sold. The album was certified several times Platinum[6] and sold over 6 million copies worldwide, spawning the hits ... Read more in Amazon's Duffy Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: A&M / Polydor
  • ASIN: B00436GNVC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Boy
2. Too Hurt to Dance
3. Keeping My Baby
4. Well, Well, Well
5. Don't Forsake Me
6. Endlessly
7. Breath Away
8. Lovestruck
9. Girl
10. Hard for the Heart

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Second studio album by the Welsh singer-songwriter. The album follows her commercially and critically acclaimed debut record 'Rockferry' and includes the single 'Well, Well, Well'.

BBC Review

By far the most successful act to have emerged from the post-Winehouse vogue for female blue-eyed soul singers, Duffy follows her BRIT and Grammy-award-winning debut, Rockferry, with Endlessly, another collection in thrall to the sounds of black American 1960s pop.

Everything about it is knowingly, lovingly retro. From the album cover, on which she looks like a sugary French Yé-Yé chanteuse, to the short running time and roughly 50/50 balance of ballads and upbeat poppers, this could be a lost curio from 1963 were it not for some tell-tale signs of modernity.

But in striving for period legitimacy, Duffy and her co-writer/producer Albert Hammond (whose many hits include The Air That I Breathe for The Hollies and his own The Free Electric Band) are too often confined by their influences: much of their material sounds authentic but insubstantial.

In its favour, the album boasts rich, crisp production values, immediately apparent on opener My Boy, one of the few songs to sound as though it emerged from the 21st century. And yet despite its squelching synths it’s essentially an update of the classic girl group sound, a template which dominates throughout the album.

Bathed in strings, the heartache ballads, Too Hurt to Dance and Don’t Forget Me, are most obviously indebted to the pre-Beatles era. Pleasingly derivative, they showcase Duffy’s distinctive voice to the best of its abilities. On the more strident material, however, her mannered Ronnie Spector-isms tend to grate: witness the mechanically catchy single, Well, Well, Well, featuring the rhythm section from The Roots.

Branching out from her 1960s haven into the unexplored futuristic mania of the 1970s, Keeping My Baby is the sort of coquettish ersatz disco latterly peddled by Kylie Minogue. Replete with vinyl crackle, the title-track is a passable variation on a soul-pop ballad written countless times before, while the simple circular melody of banally philosophical closing track, Hard for the Heart, unconsciously borrows from Coldplay’s The Scientist.

Ironically, the best song is the most throwaway. A catchy bubblegum skank featuring kitschy pizzicato strings, Girl is preferable to Duffy and Hammond’s more earnest exercises in pastiche.

Though not without its charms, Endlessly is too slight and uneven to impress unconditionally. On paper, it makes sense to align Duffy with a craftsman of Hammond’s calibre: after all, she is fundamentally a purveyor of commercial pop. But their collaboration reaps only minor rewards.

--Paul Whitelaw

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nick D on 18 Aug. 2011
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Rockferry was a great Soul/Pop record. Duffy's good girl image combined with the albums heartfelt tracks made for the perfect companion piece to the darkness of Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black'. Unfortunately second effort Endlessly is a bit of a misfire. There are no standout tracks like 'Warwick Avenue' or 'Mercy' and the lyrics are one dimensional & overly syrupy throughout. Listening to the album it feels like the producers didn't really know what sound they were going for. On 'Well, Well, Well' (the first and only single) the music has more of a dance feel but it doesn't quite work.

Overall perhaps the biggest disappointment is that Duffy never sings at full power as she did on Rockferry tracks such as 'Serious'. Her unique voice was the core of what made that album so appealing but on Endlessly she does not display the same range. A few of the songs have their own subtle charm such as the Kylie Minogue esque 'Lovestruck' and string accompanied 'Breath Away' (which is quite good) but overall the album is forgettable and unlikely to have you hitting the repeat button. One for completists only.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2010
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It seems to have been an almost endless wait since Duffy's debut, the sublime `Rockferry', for her follow up album. Finally, here it is. But just what is it exactly?

With an original sound that reminded one of Lulu or Dusty Springfield in their prime, Duffy has tried to develop and alter her style a little bit. For me the slightly new direction doesn't work too well. She has moved away from the Phil Spectorish soul ballad backings that suited and framed her voice to a more modern sounding production that she almost has to fight against to make an impact. It doesn't quite suit her voice and does not provide as enjoyable listening experience as Rockferry. The best track on the album for me is `Don't Foresake Me', which follows the earlier style. There are good points here though - Duffy's vocal delivery is disitinctive and excellent, and there is some very good songwriting. It is just let down a bit by the choice of backing and production.

All in all the tracks sound a bit bland and samey, to my ears there are no real standout star tracks. They are all ok, and listenable, but no more than that really. With a bit more focus and a sympathetic production this could have been great, but not an album I will be returning to that often I think.

In all three stars. It's not terrible, but it doesn't really shine for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 12 Feb. 2012
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I really wasn't sure what to expect from this CD as the reviews are so mixed; all I can say is while not in the same league as "Rockferry" it's really not bad at all; her voice is still good, again not as good as on "Rockferry" but still unique

Overall, worth buying in my opinion
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The curse of the “difficult second album” is such a cliché in music that it’s not funny any more. But when your debut album is the fourth best selling album of 2008 worldwide, wins a Grammy award and reaches the Top 10 in 24 different countries (and Top 3 in 19 of those 24), then it’s always going to be a hard thing to follow. Sadly, despite all the rave reviews and huge sales that “Rockferry” earned Duffy, the cliché has come home to roost once more.

The album only has a run time of around 33 minutes. Usually when an album finishes so quickly, I would deride the appalling value for money, but the fact that Duffy’s “Endlessly” is far from being endless is actually a plus point in my book, as it puts the listener out of their misery that much sooner. It’s an album that does have some potential hidden deep inside it, but when I put a CD on, I’m hoping to hear some decent music rather than some decent potential.

It’s often the mark of how poor an album is as to how quickly it appears very cheaply on eBay with consumers desperate to get it out of their collections. After only two weeks of release, several copies were available for £1.99 including postage, which speaks volumes. Given that the best tracks sound like weak Dusty Springfield imitations, you’re far better paying Amazon £2.99 for Dusty’s “Hits Collection” and at least having something decent to listen to, as well as saving money.
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I don't think anyone thought Duffy would be able to achieve the level of success that she had with her first album. This isn't a bad follow up but I don't think Duffy knows where she is heading with this.
The first song My Boy kicks off with a splattering of applause (perhaps her fans glad to see new material from the Welsh songstress). Better the applause at the start than at the end as the song doesn't really deserve it.
Too hurt to dance is much more like it and could quite easily have found a place on the first album. It has a more sixties sound to it.
Keeping My Baby lyrically us an updated version of Madonnas Papa Don't Preach
Well well well, the only single from the album sounds like an early Lulu track (I almost want to start singing 'Shout!'
Don't forsake me rounds off the first half and it is the slow songs where Duffy excels. My favourite track in the first half
Endlessly sounds like it belongs in the late fifties.
Breath away is the best song on the entire album and is another ballad.
Love struck wouldn't be out place on a Kylie Minogue album.
The album finishes off with Girl and Hard for the heart, both pleasant but not remarkable.
I'm not sure if Duffy will grace us with another album. It would be a shame if she didn't as she has a lot to offer. She just needs to find her way again and find a style she's comfortable with
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