My Boy

As usual, Duffy sounds like she should be kibbitzing with Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Diana Ross. Her music perfectly captures a modern vision of 60’s girl group and soul music. Yes, it is slightly odd that she’s singing about the joys and tribulations of banging a much younger lover – she would have been all off 26 years old in 2010, not exactly cougar material. Still, her vulnerability and defiance are charming, and the song is one of her brightest. Duffy is a British soul singer who got overshadowed on one side by Amy Winehouse and by Adele on the other. She’s no Winehouse, but she’s far better than Adele. Those comparisons, of course, are not constructive, and may be in no small part what drove her to take a hiatus form music. I would say that she is outstanding in the Blue Eyed Soul category, and channels her influences without sounding derivative or overly commercial.

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