by Kate Suters in New Music on Tuesday 15 April 2008

It may have been a bad move on my behalf to play the soulful tracks of Duffy for the first time at 9:30 this morning. The talented 24 year-old Welsh native had me crooning along to her emotional roller-coaster of melancholy like I needed a strong southern drink — pretty impressive considering I’m not one for soul music. Yet what makes Duffy’s music so inviting is not just the fact that she oozes the fun of Amy Winehouse on a high, or the nostalgic woes of Dusty Springfield, but her marvelously modern take on a genre that is belittled by bad covers and aspiring country singers. No surprises then that her debut album Rockferry is the biggest selling album in the UK this year, selling more than 560,000 copies already.