Tribute to soul classics

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 April, 2008, 12:00am

Welsh singer Aimee Anne Duffy, known more commonly as Duffy, is touted to become the next big (Welsh) thing, following the success of classical-crossover singer Katherine Jenkins.

Duffy is a throwback to a sorely-missed musical era. Her songs have an air of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello to them. Add that to a voice that has been compared to Dusty Springfield and you've got something very promising.

The album opens with the title track, Rockferry, a slow, melancholy soul lament. This song could be easily mistaken for a 60s soul number byPeggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald or Aretha Franklin.

Warwick Avenue has a retro vibe, especially with The Temptations' My Girl bass line played softly in the background.

Another song to sample the classics is Hanging On Too Long which has a bass line very similar to Marvin Gaye's I heard It Through The Grapevine.

The album is choc-a-bloc with songs with that old 60s feel and should appeal to your parents.

But don't let this put you off from giving this album a go. It's a tribute to some of the best music ever written and a step on the road to discovering some great soul classics - after you've listened to Duffy's take on the genre, you may want to check out Lee's Fever and Springfield's Son of a Preacher Man.