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I should start by saying that I really like Duffy. She is cute and quirky, and her love-or-hate croaky voice really works for me. I played the CD of 'Rockferry' until it wore thin, and I had this one on pre-order, waiting with bated breath. Very few modern pop stars manage to follow their big hit records with the same standard, then they disappear without trace. Exceptions to this are Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Lady GaGa, who all moved things up a gear. I cannot fully describe my disappointment with Duffy's efforts here. I had revelled in the Northern Soul retro, and power ballads of her debut CD. Alright, she doesn't move or dance well on stage but that is only for the video generation. I don't need to see the singer to appreciate 'Warwick Avenue', and so many of the new artists today are little more than video performers, without substance when just listening to their CD's. I can only imagine that Duffy has taken some bad advice on this one. The up tempo tracks sound like an early Lulu, or Kylie in the 80's. The slow songs are reminiscent of the petticoat songstresses of the late 50' and early 60's, with bubblegum lyrics and dated melodies. If this was intentional, it just didn't work. If it was unintentional, then it is a disaster. Poor construction, lyrics with no substance, repetitive choruses, and poor Duffy straining to reach (and usually failing) the high notes. I still want to believe in Duffy but I felt like I wanted to squeeze some lockets into the speakers at times, as her signature croak broke down completely. One more chance I think. I will await the next release with some foreboding. Unfortunately, this CD is destined to end its life as a coaster, with my drink resting on it as I enjoy another listen to '21'. The 2 stars are for the memories of 'Rockferry', and the nice picture on the cover. I would also like to mention that this was not an mp3 download but the CD.