Rockferry

  • Record Label: Mercury
  • Release Date: May 13, 2008
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Although flawed, Rockferry holds a startling amount of promise.
  2. Rockferry works as a very promising calling card.
  3. Rockferry is a fantastic album of burning blue soul.
  4. Butler's production makes her solid voice and intriguing songwriting into an excellent album; although he stays in the background, the occasional guitar flourishes or sweetened strings make Rockferry a better debut than Joss Stone's or Amy Winehouse's.
  5. 80
    The shadows come richly dark, and the brillance pierces. [May 2008, p.104]
  6. For a debut album it's remarkably consistent and confident, and promises great things to come for the future.
  7. Duffy is a major talent, and Rockferry is little short of outstanding.
  8. Once the Dusty Springfield-flecked closer, 'Distant Dreamer,' comes round, you'll be wishin' and hopin' for more.
  9. Husky-sweet and preternaturally seasoned, Duffy's delivery is as pungent as it is unaffected, and the songs, which the singer co-wrote, follow suit.
  10. The album is a credit to all involved; if merely pastiche, it's a marvelous one.
  11. Rockferry splits its time between paying tribute to its source material and knocking it off, but its principal's vocals, and generally pleasing wall-of-sound treatment, make it a good move anyway.
  12. Duffy's not a belter, but she boasts a cool power that is immensely aided by the cleverness of Rockferry's instrumental settings, which employ mostly acoustic instruments for a warmer sound that, in combination with Duffy's vocal prowess, stays sweet, soulful and satisfying.
  13. That ice-queen intrigue adds a certain cachet to the 23-year-old's occasionally overstudied lyrics.
  14. Q Magazine
    80
    It all adds up to an impressive first step that ticks plenty of the right boxes, as does Duffy herself. [Apr 2008, p.100]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 7, 2016
    8
    Sang and produced to utter perfection. It feels both modern and vintage, without ever sounding calculated. It may not have turned the genre onSang and produced to utter perfection. It feels both modern and vintage, without ever sounding calculated. It may not have turned the genre on it's head, but it'll remain a classic British soul/pop record that deserved every bit of success it achieved. Full Review »
  2. Dec 17, 2014
    8
    Analizando en retrospectiva, Duffy ha sido una artista exitosa en su tierra Natal, y en si mucho de su éxito se ha acreditado a su voz, queAnalizando en retrospectiva, Duffy ha sido una artista exitosa en su tierra Natal, y en si mucho de su éxito se ha acreditado a su voz, que encaja perfectamente en el Blue-Eyed Soul, pero también (y en si lo mas importante) en que ella ha sido un puente entre Amy Winehouse y Adele, es decir, Duffy se ha encargado de mantener el Soul activo mientras se realizaba la transición definitiva. Full Review »
  3. Dec 13, 2012
    5
    They can say anything they want, but Duffy lacks so much of the so called "eyed-blue soul" music. Some songs are a little dull and they don'tThey can say anything they want, but Duffy lacks so much of the so called "eyed-blue soul" music. Some songs are a little dull and they don't own the deepest feeling of an a angered-heartbreaking soulful voice. "Rockferry" would be a simple desert where you can find two or three oasis in it, but it continues being a desert. My congratulations for "Warwick Avenue", "Syrup&Honey", "Mercy" and specially "Distant Dreamer" (the best for the last) In simple words, just a little more of potency for the next time, Duffy. Full Review »