Still, there's no quibbling with the sassy delights of 'Mercy', her first proper single. A catchy, danceable Northern soul pastiche – that bassline practically reeks of sweat and stale cigarette smoke - it conjures up images of Twiggy strutting down the King's Road in a mini-skirt and kinky boots. When combined with the swingin' nightclub video, Duffy's sixties stylings teeter towards the contrived, but her rich, quivering voice is powerful enough to banish any doubts. Brit Award or no Brit Award, that Adele should be watching her back.
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