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This gal is gonna be a BIG star,
This review is from: Rockferry (Audio CD)
There have been a raft of vocalists with a sound that harks back to the 60's and 70's and you could be forgiven for thinking that Duffy is just another one. Her arrival has been carefully managed, with sell out gigs in small venues building the hype, prior to the release of this album.
All music biz manipulation so far then, except that Duffy is worth the hype and is a potentially huge star. As someone who is addicted to 60's and 70's Soul, and in particular the female vocalists, I hear in Duffy echoes of the great Soul voices, as well as Dusty Springfield, the most obvious comparison. As long as she picks her material and her producers well, then she will be a very big star indeed.
Stand out tracks from the album are "Syrup and Honey" a stripped down, bluesy ballad which showcases her voice perfectly, "Mercy", with it's old school Motown feel, and "Warwick Avenue". On further listening, "Hanging On Too Long" and "Distant Dreamer" are both tracks that will grow on you - they have for me. All in all, an impressive debut and this is a highly recommended purchase for anyone who likes Soul.
Likely to be the album of 2008 - buy it
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2008 10:47:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Feb 2008 10:50:12 GMT
David Logan says:
I wish people would stop using the naff term "old school" What is that supposed to mean? Motown is Motown, Soul is Soul whether it comes from the 60's, 70s or whenever. "old school" is an invention of some pimply faced marketing kid and deserves no creedence, please stop using it.... had to get that off my chest sorry!... rant over
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2008 23:11:14 GMT
Andy Edwards says:
I use the term to differentiate. Motown had several different sounds, would you group "What's Going On" with "Can I get A Witness", or "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" with "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" - I don't think so. OK the term is a lazy shorthand, criticism accepted but the many and varied strands of music of Black origin cannot be grouped quite so simply as you indicate in my opinion
Posted on 3 Mar 2008 13:49:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Mar 2008 00:02:37 GMT
I have to agree with Andy, it is useful to differentiate, if you look back to the 60's and 70's you had soul and it was subdivided; Chicago, Memphis, Motown, Southern etc. I don't particulalrly like the term "old - school" as it is a lazy term as Andy points out but as a bucket term for anything that isn't hip-hop, modern, neo or contempory R&B it has its uses.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2008 00:11:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Mar 2008 00:14:12 GMT
The Twilight Zone says:
Who cares about its uses. "soul" was a much better form of music in the 1970's and 60's as well. Today its all rehash and hip hop .
Posted on 23 Mar 2008 13:05:40 GMT
I do sincerely hope she DOESN'T become a big star...I just can't understand what people see in her myself. She sounds like a strangled cat to me - but then so did Lulu. Who honestly enjoys hearing that tired, old, far-too-long-drawn-out "weee-eeee-eeee-eeee-eeee-lllll-llll
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2008 13:57:08 GMT
Mr Frank Lee Bland says:
You cant get any bigger than having the number 1 album and number 1 single for several weeks. Darren - Are you suffering from amnesia - you have already posted this same comment elsewhere . At least you`ve learned how to copy and paste - LOL
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2008 19:33:54 GMT
Alan Cook says:
Ever heard of different tastes Darren? Duffy most definitely does not sound like a strangled cat, and yours was a silly comment to make. Say something more constructive, or a valid reason why you don't like her, and you might be taken more seriously. I don't like Elvis, but I couldn't say he sounded like a strangled cat!
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2008 21:33:58 GMT
Yes - well spotted Frank...just trying to reach a larger target audience thanks - I feel it's my duty to warn the unsuspecting public that they might be buying a CD that could possibly end up damaging their eardrums...at least you've learned to click on different hyperlinks! LOL ;)
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2008 21:47:11 GMT
Indeed I have Alan - didn't you understand my closing remark ('each to their own..')? I will explain it in more detail if you like...it means each person can make their own mind up about what they like or dislike. However, see my other comment in reply to Mr Bland - SURELY he must be related to the artist in question with a name like that ;) - her vocal style is reminiscent of a screeching banshee, which is just my own honest opinion, having heard her sing. Surely these review areas should allow differing opinions to be discussed. Ever heard of freedom of expression Alan?
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2008 01:15:09 BDT
Alan Cook says:
I have, and I'm a great believer in free choice, free expression, and the ability to voice an opinion on anything you wish. I'm not asking you to like anything, and it doesn't bother me in the slightest who you like or dislike, I just questioned your comment about Duffy sounding like a strangled cat. She obviously doesn't, (it's not even subjective, unless you have hearing problems) and it detracts from the believability of your review/comments when you say she does. If you said you didn't like the style, the lyrics, the music... the artwork even, I could understand, but 'a screeching banshee' or 'strangled cat'? Nope, can't see it myself.