If we read the tabloids, it may be a while before we hear anything new
from Amy Winehouse, but fortunately a couple of acts have arrived to
fill the void she leaves behind.
Jim, from British performer Jamie
Lidell, pays homage to 60s soul with a set of songs that manage to
keep one foot in the present.
Meanwhile, Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy
is sure to draw comparisons to another British soul diva, Dusty
Springfield, when listeners hear her late-night bluesy voice on her
debut album Rockferry.
Both have a throwback soul sound reminiscent of Winehouse but with none
of the guilt of enabling drug habits.