"Mercy" (CD single)

Music review by
Maria Dinoia, Common Sense Media
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Sexy-sounding -- but not sexual -- UK import.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

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Positive Messages

Very veiled innuendo: The song is about a girl who is kind of at the mercy of a guy who doesn't seem to treat her well. Duffy doesn't really say anything that might be offensive, but it is assumed ("You say that I will be something on the side").

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this single, with its go-go dance appeal, sounds like it could have come from Amy Winehouse, there's nothing bawdy or provocative about it.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 3, 2013

An "eh" song

It's catchy, but (no offense) I don't really like Duffy's singer. I mean it's okay, but not the best when I compare her to like Kelly Clarks... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 May 27, 2013

Catchy :)

I like this song, but the remix is really good too :D

What's the story?

International songstress Duffy has broadened her likability to the U.S. The talented Welsh beauty is already a hit in the U.K., but with the popularity of YouTube, she's begun to make a name for herself across the Atlantic.

Is it any good?

While comparisons to Amy Winehouse are inevitable, Duffy's voice outshines Winehouse's snarl with an angelic quality. Her soulfulness radiates through the lyrics of "MERCY" and makes fans look forward to more music from this cool new import from Wales. The video is decent and doesn't stray too far with images of Duffy singing on an elevated stage while male dancers perform around her.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about rock and pop star comparisons. Are musicians just putting out music that sounds the same? Do they have a desire to be original or a desire to be more like everyone else?

Music details

  • Artist: Duffy
  • Release date: March 4, 2008
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Mercury
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 29, 2015

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