michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — DUFFY

In album review on 11/24/2010 at 10:34 am

DUFFY

Endlessly

(Mercury)

Welsh singer Duffy made a splash two years ago with her debut, Rockferry, a collection of neo-soul songs that adhered a little too closely to their old-school roots. Still, the blond and blue-eyed Duffy offered a safe alternative to Amy Winehouse. For one thing, she isn’t batshit crazy. Plus, her songs don’t take as many risks. On the follow-up, Endlessly, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter takes even fewer chances, checking in with 10 songs that drain quite a bit of soul from the R&B. Duffy and collaborator Albert Hammond (who had a couple of hits in the ’70s but is best known these days as father to one of the Strokes) bury the album in retro sounds – strings, horns, stuffy production — that stifle a great deal of inspiration. Endlessly’s best song, “Well, Well, Well,” includes backing by the Roots, who push a little motivation Duffy’s way. But she looks back with so much determination, she often loses her way.

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  1. Duffy@Home !

    Duffy performs tracks from her new album Endlessly with @Live_at_Home.

    View the entire online session here :
    http://dailymotion.com/liveathome

    “LIVE@HOME” is a home for music – a comfortable space to play it, talk about it, and live it.

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