Who's better - Duffy or Adele
Monday February 4, 2008
If you've been paying attention, you will know that Adele is the Brit school graduate with a voice that's London-flecked, smoky and strong as biltong. You can hear it on her album 19, and single Chasing Pavements.
At its heart, this debate is rather unfair, pitching artist against artist simply because they are young and female; and although they both peddle a retro sound they are musically quite different. Nevertheless, early indications show Adele to be ahead by a nose: a quick consultation of MySpace, the modern equivalent of holding one's finger up to see which way the wind is blowing, reveals that Adele has notched up 26,321 friends compared with Duffy's 4,831, though the latter perhaps appeals to an older, less MySpacey crowd, and her marketing campaign has yet to go full throttle.
But if you have to choose a chanteuse to back, which should it be? Sod it, we say - rise above the Adele and Duffy scuffle and put your money on a dark horse: the magnificent Laura Marling.