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Album Review: Duffy – Endlessly

By on Tuesday, 30th November 2010 at 12:00 pm

If you can believe it, nearly 3 years have passed since the release of Duffy‘s debut album, ‘Rockferry’, which has sold over 4 million copies worldwide. It succeeded because ex-Suede Bernard Butler and English producer Steve Booker lent their considerable songwriting talents to the effort. But has her second album released this week, ‘Endlessly’, fallen victim to the sophomore slump? I’ll be honest, I was pretty underwhelmed by the lead single from the album, ‘Well, Well, Well’ (reviewed last month on TGTF), which sounded too much like Dawn Penn’s ‘No, No, No’ for my liking. This time around, Duffy had a songwriting partnership with the elder Albert Hammond (not to be confused with his son Junior of the Strokes).

A good place to start is ‘Too Hurt to Dance’, sounding more Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, and my dad’s favourite singer, Skeeter Davis. Now this is more like it: more like what made me a fan of Duffy’s in the first place. The basic instrumentation could have been taken from a ’50s ballad. In this case, less is definitely more. ‘Don’t Forsake Me’, another with sparer instrumentation, will remind you of the beauty of ‘Warwick Avenue’: “I’m sick of drying everybody else’s tears, when there’s no one to dry mine”. Tearjearker. The title track and ‘Breath Away’ are cut from a similar cloth. If you like your Duffy singing languidly and sad, get this album, you’ll love it.

Then you have songs like ‘My Boy’ (with unnecessary crowd applause in the background) and ‘Keeping My Baby’ (with more orchestration), going with more contemporary rhythm patterns. It’s all right but not terribly inspired. ‘Lovestruck’ comes out of left field – it sounds r&b at the start, like it was made specifically for playing on Radio1. Not my thing at all. ‘Girl’ has strange whistle-cuckoo sounds. Uhh…what? The album ends with ‘Hard for the Heart’, with the awkward line in the chorus, “life is a play, and we all play a part / but it often gets hard for the heart”. The sentiment sounds false, stretched.

She’s 26 but Duffy still sounds like a little girl. This is good and bad. When we look at this album many years from now, it’ll be easy to remember it because of her innocent voice and the sad songs. I remember when ‘Rockferry’ came out: I got the album because I was sold on it purely for ‘Mercy’, which was upbeat and made you want to dance. The problem with this album is, while it’s got some good songs, good but sad songs that cash in on the vintage sound that made Duffy a household name 3 years ago, this is not one you will want to play endlessly.


‘Endlessly’ was released yesterday (29 November) on A&M/Polydor.


Single Review: Duffy – Well, Well, Well

By on Tuesday, 19th October 2010 at 12:00 pm

Aimée Ann Duffy, better known to the music recording world as Duffy, is ready to release her second album, ‘Endlessly’ on 29 November. Her 2008 debut ‘Rockferry’ sold 1.68 million copies in the UK, making it the best-selling album in the UK that year. It was one of my favourites of 2008 so when I heard a second album was on its way, my interest was piqued. A taster in the form of the single ‘Well, Well, Well’ is scheduled to be released a little over a week earlier, on 21 November, and there’s even been a promo video shot that you can watch below.

When I heard the 5 second teaser preview last week, I was floored. And not in a good way. It sounded so much like a reggae song sung by a female artist I was familiar with but could not name – it was on the tip of my tongue. I asked on Twitter. No response. I’ve finally sussed it – the opening riff is from Dawn Penn‘s 1994 reggae hit ‘No, No, No’. But as one mate has suggested, like she’s on helium. Really high-pitched.

Duffy’s voice seems a bit more shrill than I remembered it, seemingly in battle with the groovy instrumentation. (Frankly, the music is the best part of the track.) What happened to the down and dirty Duffy I remembered from ‘Mercy’? Yeah, this really wasn’t my cup of tea. Even the video, with the bar dancing scene similar but not rivalling Pat Benatar’s in her ‘Love is a Battlefield’ promo from 1983, seems phoned in. I’m holding out for the full album so I can make a better assessment of ‘Endlessly’ as a whole.



‘Well, Well, Well’ is released on 21 November with Duffy’s second album ‘Endlessly’ to follow on 29 November.


Preview: The 51st Grammy Awards

By on Sunday, 8th February 2009 at 8:07 pm

RadioheadIt’s that time of year again, readers, when the who’s who in music gather together at the Staples Centre, in Los Angeles, to celebrate the world famous ceremony that is the Grammy Awards. This year’s bash has been a particular success for British artists. Home-bred talent such as Coldplay (pictured top), Radiohead (pictured right), Duffy, Leona Lewis and Led Zepplin’s Robert Plant are all up for coveted gongs ranging from ‘Album of the Year’ to ‘Best New Artist’. Brits performing at the awards include Adele, Paul McCartney, Estelle and M.I.A – who has riskily decided to go on with the show despite the fact her baby is due that very night!

Further performances come from Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Jonas Brothers, U2 and even a potential surprise appearance from Green Day. The band have hinted on their website, that they may be showing at this year’s awards despite a near 5 year hiatus since releasing hit-album, American Idiot.

The nominees and consequent winners of the gongs’ are decided by a board of around 10000 members made up of artists, songwriters, producers and music engineers. American rapper, Lil Wayne, is the artist to receive the greatest amount of nominations this year, claiming a cool eight nods. Jay-Z, Kanye West, John Mayer, The Eagles and Metallica are other name’s that will be featuring across a significant array of awards tonight. Meanwhile, Neil Diamond is set to be awarded the acclaimed MusiCares Person of the Year title, which aims to recognise those who have made both an outstanding contribution to music as well as charity-work. Previous winners of the award include Bono, Sting and Aretha Franklin.

Catch all the Grammy action tomorrow night (Monday 9th), at 9pm on ITV2.


The Brit Awards 2009 – The Nominations

By on Monday, 26th January 2009 at 4:42 pm

Coldplay's new album cover

Ahh…The Brits. Perhaps more famous for Jarvis Cocker’s stage invasion, or Arctic Monkey‘s drunken speeches rather than for it’s showcasing of the best of British music. Either way, every year it certainly proves an interesting watch and this 2009, the controversial show will be presented by disco diva, Kylie Minogue and Gavin and Stacey stars, Mathew Horne and James Corden. There will be performances from Kings of Leon, U2 and Take That to name but a few. You can catch all the action live on ITV1 on February 18th, but if you can’t wait till then, There Goes The Fear is here to tell you about the successful nominees that were announced earlier this week.

The artists leading the way with the highest amount of nominations this year are Welsh songstress, Duffy and Coldplay – both tallying up a total of four nods. Both artists had number 1 albums last year – Duffy with ‘Rockferry‘ and Coldplay with ‘Viva la Vida‘ (pictured right) – so are unsurprisingly up for Mastercard’s Best British Album alongside Elbow, Radiohead and The Ting Tings. Duffy’s ‘Mercy’ and Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ will also be going head to head in Best British Single category alongside the likes of Estelle‘s ‘American Boy’, Adele with ‘Chasing Pavements’ and the X Factor Finalists’ ‘Hero’.

Duffy also features in the Best British Female Solo Artist category alongside Adele, Beth Rowley, Estelle and MIA, while the nominees in male counterpart include Ian Brown, James Morrison, Paul Weller, Streets and Will Young. Best British Group has seen the nomination of the ever-popular Coldplay, Elbow, Radiohead, Take That and Girls Aloud.

New music recieving nods in this year’s Best British Breakthrough Act include Last Shadow Puppets and Scouting For Girls, while 2009’s Best British Live Act showcases everyone from Iron Maiden and The Verve, to Elbow.

Singer-songwriter, Florence and the Machine (who we featured here), is tracing the footsteps of 2008 winner Adele through gaining the coveted Critics Choice Award which recognises upcoming music talent. Meanwhile, Pet Shop Boys have been intriguingly awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award, following on from Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s win last year.

Band’s receiving nods in the international categories including Best International Group and Best International Album are Kings of Leon, The Killers, AC/DC, MGMT and Fleet Foxes. Solo artists featuring in the categories honouring oversea talent include Katy Perry, Gabriella Cilmi, Seasick Steve, Beck and Kanye West.

To see the nominations in full, check out the official Brits website.


Rock My Baby

By on Friday, 19th December 2008 at 10:17 am

Ok now I have heard everything. Guns N Roses seem to always be in the news for some odd reason or another but I would never expect the rock legends to be a popular substitution for a bedtime lullaby. A recent surveyor, who had a lot of time on their hands, found out that modern mums are more likely to sing material from bands like Oasis and Guns N Roses rather than traditional lullabies to get their young offspring to drop off.

A website dedicated to babies polled 2000 mothers and found some absolutely crazy results. Songs like Take That’s “Patience” and Robbie Williams’ “Angels” are among the most popular choices which is weird but I suppose they are suitable. However, the top 20 from the survey included tracks like “I kissed a girl” by Katy Perry and “Dance Wiv Me” by Dizzee Rascal which don’t seem the most appropriate for our little ones.  I don’t know what the world is coming to.

The top 20 are shown below:

1. Take That – Patience
2. Robbie Williams – Angels
3. Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl
4. James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
5. Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender
6. Christina Aguilera – Beautiful
7. Duffy – Warwick Avenue
8. Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
9. Oasis – Wonderwall
10. The Sugababes – Girls
11. That That – Back For Good
12. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
13. Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do it for You
14. Adele – Chasing Pavements
15. Girls Aloud – I’ll Stand By You
16. Dizzee Rascal – Dance Wiv Me
17. Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
18. Westlife – Flying Without Wings
19. Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On
20. The Spice Girls – Mama


Duffy / November and December UK Tour

By on Friday, 15th August 2008 at 9:38 am

Duffy has announced a late November and December tour for the end of the year.

Tickets go on sale next Friday, 22nd August at 9am.

Friday 28th November – Leeds Academy
Saturday 29th November – Manchester Apollo
Sunday 30th November – Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 3rd December – Newcastle Academy
Thursday 4th December – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Friday 5th December – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Sunday 7th December – Newport Centre
Monday 8th December – London Carling Academy Brixton
Tuesday 9th December – London Carling Academy Brixton


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