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Rumer's 2011 debut album, Seasons of My Soul, was like a trip back to the early '70s, when The Carpenters reigned over AM radio; its tunes sounded as if they'd been written with Burt Bacharach on hand. Her follow-up release, 2012's Boys Don't Cry, is a collection of covers that shows her impeccable taste and her natural ability to simply sing a song. Whether it's Jimmy Webb's "P.F. Sloan," Hall & Oates' "Sara Smile," or Terry Reid's "Brave Awakening," Rumer handles these songs with sensitivity while Steve Brown orchestrates with taste and restraint. Her take on Isaac Hayes' "Soulsville," from the Shaft soundtrack, is an inspired reformatting of a pure soul number, while Townes Van Zandt's "Flyin' Shoes" hints at country music. Neil Young's "A Man Needs a Maid" adds a level of intensity. Even John Sebastian's hit single "Welcome Back" can be heard as something other than the TV theme to Welcome Back Kotter. The tonal richness here is simply beautiful. The deluxe edition adds four bonus cuts, with a soothing cover of Bob Marley's "Soul Rebel" and Gilbert O'Sullivan's "We Will" among the highlights.

Customer Reviews

Great Covers of 70s Soul

Where do I begin? I just love this album. I first got to know Rumer from an English magazine called Q and was interested into listening to her. MY GOD, did I have an eargasm. She sounds like a re-born Karen Carpenter and there is nothing wrong about that. Rumer, by far, is one of those artist that just have a silky voice that is needed in today's music. I TOTALLY RECOMMEND GETTING THIS ALBUM!

Voice Of An Angel

I prefer Rumer's original work and I adore her work in Stereo Venus. This album of covers isn't my favorite project, but it's still that voice, the greatest voice in the business.

So I guess I am the ONLY ONE

That wanted to slit my wrist and kill myself? This album is SOOOO 1972 MEETS DEATH.


Born: March 3, 1979 in Islamabad, Pakistan

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Heavily influenced by Burt Bacharach and blessed with effortless velvet-smooth vocals, Anglo-Pakistani singer/songwriter Rumer harks back to the early-'70s easy listening sounds of Karen Carpenter and Carole King. Born in 1979 to British parents living in Islamabad, Rumer (real name Sarah Joyce) was the youngest of seven children, and spent her early years living in an ex-pat community. Encouraged to make their own entertainment, she began...
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