Already a number one hit in England – she was the first Welsh female artist to get a U.K. number one in 25 years – "Mercy" is an upbeat anchor to a really delightful collection of ten tunes. "Stepping Stone" starts off like a Burt Bacharach hit (think "Walk On By"), but it ends up something more unexpected, thanks to an incredibly lovely chorus melody. "Delayed Devotion" has gotta be some lost soul hit from the 70's... like if Diana Ross got back together with The Supremes for one last single in 1976. The Phil Spector-esque "Distant Dreamer" features a big bass drum that sounds like a heartbeat throughout the track, which closes the album with a dramatic flourish.
There is a lot to like here, indeed. Her natural vibrato does tend to wear you down a bit, but – on second thought – it just serves to heighten the overall mood. Rockferry is a winner all around.
Written by Dan Reed