Label: A&M Records - 2757411-70 • Format: CD Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Funk / Soul, Pop • Style: Soul
Endlessly is the second studio album by Welsh singer Duffy. Duffy worked almost exclusively with Albert Hammond Snr. Four of the songs received additional or co-production by Stuart Price.
Music is also provided by The Roots T. S. Eliot - Murder In The Cathedral Questlove. Musically, Girl - Duffy - Endlessly album follows the soul stylings of her first album Rockferryalthough Duffy drew inspiration from a variety of other genres, including disco and soft rockand was compared to pop singers such as Kylie Minogue.
It has been said that Duffy wrote the album in three weeks, although recording sessions lasted between and The album received mixed reviews, with critics stating that Duffy faltered outside of her comfort zone, although it was called a "proper sophomore effort" and "effortlessly", and was often compared to Rockferryin terms of both commercial and critical performance.
Vocally, Duffy's falsetto and vibrato were both criticised and praised, being called "delicious to some and cloying to others. It has been certified gold in four European countries thus far and Platinum in the United Kingdom. The only single from Endlesslytitled " Well, Well, Well ", did not perform well on national charts, and was only a modest European success, reaching a peak of thirty-seven on the European Hot Singles chart and number forty-one in the UK.
The single features a rhythm section by United States hip hop group The Roots. Duffy promoted the album extensively throughout the world, performing on many television shows and conducting an array of print interviews. A live extended play EP of Girl - Duffy - Endlessly from the album was released Girl - Duffy - Endlessly Germany in and plans for a concert tour are listed as "coming soon" on Duffy's website.
Girl - Duffy - Endlessly , since releasing the album, it has been announced that Duffy is taking an extended break from the music industry to work on her third studio album, and the planned second single from Endlessly — "My Boy" — was cancelled, though a single mix of the title track was digitally released.
The blue-eyed soul  album went on to be the best-selling album of in the UK,  whilst the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry named it the fourth biggest seller worldwide of that year. In late January Rough Trade Management, who with Jeanette Lee had managed Duffy throughout the course of Rockferry' s release, announced that they and the singer had parted Girl - Duffy - Endlessly with the company.
Duffy's new management said that "professional relationship between Duffy and Rough Girl - Duffy - Endlessly management has run its course. In January, one Billboard article reported on the development of the record, being the first to reveal that Duffy was working with "veteran songwriter" Albert Hammond as well as The Roots drummer Questlove whose group she had previously admired for their work on their remix of her song " Mercy " It was good for me, because I really needed to prove to myself that I didn't get lucky.
I needed to put pen to paper and see that I could do it all again, to see that it was easy for me, and I have to admit it was so reassuring. Albert and I wrote all these songs, about 25 songs in 12 days, pouring out of me. I needed that connection again, with what it is you know me for!
I think he was quite fascinated with me, because he'd been introduced to me as a fan. He saw me on American television, and approached me appreciating what I did. He didn't treat me like an unknown, trying to tell me what he thought was best for me. Instead he met Girl - Duffy - Endlessly as somebody established, and so it was like he instilled me with lots of faith and belief in myself, that I was good at what I did!
Because he appreciated what I did, he encouraged me to bring out the best in myself. The album was primarily recorded at Girl - Duffy - Endlessly studios MSR Studios NYC, Cake Studio, British Grove Studios and the Sotogrande Studios in New York, London and Spain, respectively over the course of three weeks,  although sessions took place throughout and Girl - Duffy - Endlesslyalthough Duffy had been recording songs she had written using her computer and iPod since the release of Rockferrysome of which remained in demo form until the final stages of the recording process.
Aside from her partnership with Hammond, Duffy also forged collaborative efforts with other musicians who she felt reflected the sound change she was aiming for, including hip hop group The Roots. Duffy said in an interview that their involvement would be limited to "a rhythm section" Sostenuto Assai / Un Poco Più Vivace / Allegro, Ma Non Troppo / Can Fuoco - Schumann*, Tchaikovsky*, on to say "if you know The Roots you will know just how cool [that] is.
I love them and they are so cool. The Daily Telegraph reports that often Duffy was a perfectionist regarding her songs, and that she often stayed in the studio with her mix engineer to ensure the composition sounded exactly as she wanted. I keep a tight rein when it comes to quality control. Endlessly consists of ten songs which take influence from a variety of genres across different musical spectrums. Allmusic said that the album marked a transition from " Dusty Springfield -like ingenue" on Girl - Duffy - Endlessly to " Kylie Minogue -ish diva.
Inkeeping with this, Endlessly was said to have experimented with a new dance sound, "rigorously maintain[ing] a ratio between dance tracks and ballads". Lyrically, the album is an array of love songswith songs such as "My Boy" and "Girl" portraying Duffy in a protective Girl - Duffy - Endlesslywith respect to her lover.
Duffy continued, "she told me they played " Unchained Melody " at her mum's funeral. I now realise my lyric comes from seeing my friend at the school disco, shaking, her face in her hands, while the other kids were smooching to this song". Said to debut Duffy's "inner diva",  the song, like "Mercy" is heavily influenced with Northern Soul aided by a rhythm section provided by The Roots.
Her beautiful timbre finally gets to shine without choking out the sophisticated and apotheotic production, giving pulse and strength to a strikingly poetic composition. On 16 SeptemberDuffy announced the release of the album, set for 28 November to digital outlets in the UK, with a physical CD to be released the following day.
The strength of the record, the fan base that she has already adopted and the opportunity to have multiple singles means we can go further with this record than the last. It was the album's only commercially released single, reaching peaks of number forty-one on the UK Singles Chart and thirty-seven on the European Hot Singles chart. In mainland Europe, it managed to chart in the top twenty in Finland, Belgium and Switzerland, reaching number eleven Girl - Duffy - Endlessly the former.
A second full single release was planned for the songs "Endlessly", "Keeping My Baby" and finally "My Boy" inand Girl - Duffy - Endlessly music video was filmed for the latter in February A clip of the prospective B-side to the "My Boy" release, "Tell Me", was Girl - Duffy - Endlessly on the internet and a single edit of "My Boy" was produced for the release by Tom Elmhirst.
The song's music video or B-side have not been released. The album's cover and its associated promotional images were shot by photographer Lachlan Bailey. Upon its release, Endlessly received generally mixed reviews from most music critics.
Maerz noted "Lovestruck" and "Girl" were amongst her favourite tracks. However, some critics were more positive towards the album. Okayplayer noted that the songs Gather Ye Wild - Wuthering Heights - Far From The Madding Crowd a Signore Degli Anelli (Acappella) - Der Hammer - Il Signore Degli Anelli / Folletti (Remix) American sound reminiscent of sock hops and drive-ins so subtly, that the album could have been called Effortlessly.
Many were critical about Duffy's voice on the record. John Bush of Allmusic said that "Duffy's voice [ There's no whitewashing of the singer's eccentricities, which feel more pronounced here—she can be gruffly nasal the oft-repeated chorus of " Well, Well, Well " never stops sounding like "whale, whale, whale" while remaining wholly beguiling. Girl - Duffy - Endlessly entered the UK Albums Chart in what Billboard called a "somewhat muted entry" at number nine, selling 45, copies.
Elsewhere, the album debuted and peaked at number twenty-seven on the Irish Albums Chart on 3 December Media outlets worldwide reported the relative commercial failure of the album. The BBC reported that it had "failed to make the top five", comparing it to the success of Rockferry as "the best-selling album in the UK in The BBC once again reported Rockferry' s success as "the top international seller of ", noting that Endlessly had "sold very poorly".
Duffy promoted the album by appearing on Leiyla And The Poet - Various - Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center television programmes worldwide throughout the latter stages of and earlyperforming songs featured on the track listing of Endlesslyoccasionally together with songs from Rockferry.
Although an international concert tour was announced via her website, and Billboard reporting that "European and U. In the United Kingdom, the first televised performance of songs from Endlessly took place on Later Live She also sang a duet of " Warwick Avenue " with finalist Ben Saunderswhich was later revealed to be the winning performance of the series. Duffy made live stage performances, known as "album showcase"s in the United States and the UK. Music said that Duffy's vocals "resonate with the warbling vibrato of someone far beyond her 26 years".
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