Duffy Debuts New Tunes on the Sunset Strip

Matt Hartman

The Welsh beauty hit LA's The Roxy on Monday night to preview her forthcoming album

Welsh singer Duffy, whose nouveau Northern soul singing style helped define the sound of 2008, returns with a new album, Endlessly, just in time to close out the fourth quarter. And on Monday night, well in advance of its December 7 release, the 26-year-old stunner treated members of the press, TV bookers and a select group of fans to a preview.

Duffy took the stage at famed Sunset Strip rock club The Roxy with a fierce 13-piece band backing her and performed five new songs off the new record, including its first single, "Well, Well, Well," the title track and a gorgeous anthem for the wounded called "Too Hurt To Dance" (all were written with Albert Hammond). She closed out the mini-set with perennial crowd-pleaser "Mercy."

Duffy told the audience, who were seated supper club-style where the mosh pit usually resides, that, until she came to the U.S., she'd never heard of the word "sophomore" being used to describe an album. Endlessly is simply her second album. Indeed, progress sounds so good.