MUSIC REVIEW: Duffy at the Shepherds Bush Empire

duffy x325By Ray Bennett

LONDON — Aimee Anne Duffy, who goes by just her last name, showed why she’s the latest hot young British singer-songwriter with a chance to build a lasting career with a sold-out first gig Wednesday at the iconic Shepherds Bush Empire.

Petite but with a powerful voice that she knows how to control, Duffy sang most of the songs from her debut album “Rockferry,” which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard chart when it was released in the United States last month.

If the 70-odd-minute set, covering 15 numbers, did not set the place on fire, it was a rock solid performance that left the impression her best is still to come. Pacing had something to do with it since the singer was content to propel a slow burn rather than offer a musical explosion.

A longer version of this review appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.

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