Blonde beauty does flawless retro '60s soul.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Duffy won't let a man rule her emotions and is willing to stick up for herself ("But I will never be your stepping stone/take it all or leave me alone/I will never be your stepping stone/I'm standing upright on my own").

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One time: "I'm no longer under your spell/hear it in a song/you can go to hell."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album covers mostly the hurt and downside of romantic relationships, but never gets too heavy. And although Duffy sings about passion and desire and has been compared to the seductive Amy Winehouse, the album's lyrics are really rather tame and fine for older tweens and teens.

What's the story?

Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy's debut album is a 12-track collection alternating between dramatic ballads with temperamental lyrics and bright, reflective tunes written specifically for Duffy to hone her vocal craft.

Is it any good?


Duffy delivers a powerful punch with ROCKFERRY -- and those punches should be reserved for the critics who continue to compare her to Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse as she completely sets herself apart from them with this triumphant CD. Whether she's singing about meeting an old lover in "Warwick Avenue" or singing a go-go dance tune in "Mercy", she does it with such expressiveness, it's almost mesmerizing. Not to mention her bold songwriting and the pleasantness of her vocal ability. "Save It For Your Prayers," the album's bonus track, delivers the final blow to produce a knockout.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about comparing musical artists. Is it fair to have to always be judged against someone else? Do you think musicians are just putting out music that sounds the same to get that comparison of someone who's already established in the music biz? Or, do they really have a desire to be original?

Music details

Release date:May 13, 2008
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byKaty0 November 4, 2009

Lovely smooth soul.

Duffy's lovely voice is on full display. Fine for 10+.
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Kid, 11 years old August 23, 2010

Amazing, I love it!

I love Duffy, one of my favourite CD's ever. There's nothing wrong with it at all.
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Teen, 15 years old Written bywillbarchi April 9, 2008

Really, really good!


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