Duffy - Endlessly review round-up
Duffy releases her second album this coming Monday and we've been scouring the interweb for the critics' appraisals so far.
"Though not without its charms, Endlessly is too slight and uneven to impress unconditionally."
"...it's the classic 1960s songcraft of ballads like Breath Away and Endlessly itself which best showcases the developing depth of Duffy's delivery."
"But although Duffy's voice ticks lots of boxes, there's a big blank space where her soul should be. And when she sings of heartache, I don't believe it's anything that couldn't be fixed by a chocolate milkshake and something twinkly from the high street."
"Endlessly becomes more convincing the sassier and more playful it gets ("It's a physical thing we got and I'm in paradise," she purrs on the spoken intro to Lovestruck). And Duffy sounds happier and happier the further behind she leaves that over-sprayed beehive 'do."
North Wales Daily Post
"The result is a radio friendly, well-produced pop record. Really, you would not expect anything less."
Direct Current Music
"Hammond brings a pop focus to the album and a dramatic shift from Rockferry's multiple producer and co-writer strategy."
"On paper, it makes sense to align Duffy with a craftsman of Hammond's calibre: after all, she is fundamentally a purveyor of commercial pop. But their collaboration reaps only minor rewards."
(NB. this is the same review as BBC Music's)
Each track is a real gem with not a dud in sight. Duffy's made a second album that defies the usual curse for an artist making it look effortless and easy.
As more reviews come in, we'll be adding them to this blog.
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