Just before Christmas, we checked in with Welsh soul-stirrer Duffy, who was on a whirlwind press trip through the States.
And talk about changes.
For the spanking-new “Endlessly” — the follow-up to her multiplatinum smash debut “Rockferry” — the singer ditched her entire earlier team, including management and ex-Suede guitarist-Svengali Bernard Butler, and instead co-wrote nine of her ten new tracks with legendary songwriter Albert Hammond (father of Strokes axeman Albert Hammond Jr.), aided by backing band The Roots.
Judging by funky numbers like “Well Well Well” and “Keeping My Baby,” the purge worked.
Why did Duffy do it?
“I had a lot of people around me at the time who were trying to take credit for who I was,” she explains, delicately. “But at times, people convince themselves that they’re more indispensable than they are. So I had to make quick decisions in order to return with a record that I was proud of, to return with music that didn’t blend in with what’s going on right now.”
Hence the chance she took with Hammond. “Call me crazy, brave, stupid or ridiculous, but that’s not who I am. I’m not a trend — I’m a person!”
For more on Duffy, visit www.iamduffy.com.