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.