Having said that though Rockferry is still a very good pop soul album and its success is not solely down to sixties tinged sentimentality and the melancholy longing for times when life seemed much simpler despite the modern day advantages we enjoy. ‘Warwick Avenue’ for example wouldn’t be out of place on any sixties soul diva’s best of collection. ‘Syrup and Honey’, ‘Mercy’ and ‘Rockferry’ itself are not far behind either and it is only on the albums final three cuts that your mind starts to wander and suggests you’ve maybe heard enough of this for now.
A good debut then and an album which I will go back to periodically without it ever really becoming essential I should imagine. ‘Mercy’ smacks of one of those songs that is going to suffer from over exposure and too much radio airplay whilst ‘Warwick Avenue’ would be a mix tape essential if that was my type of thing. The jury is still out on the occasionallly annoying Duffy I think I’ll wait for her second album before passing judgement.