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Editors’ Notes

Rumer's 2011 debut album Seasons of My Soul was like a trip back in time to the early 1970s when the Carpenters reigned over AM radio, with tunes that 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 and Oates' "Sara Smile" or Terry Reid's "Brave Awakening," Rumer handles them with sensitivity, while Steve Brown orchestrates with taste and restraint. Her take on Isaac Hayes' "Soulsville," from the Shaft soundtrack, is an inspired re-formating 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. I The tonal richness here is simply beautiful. The Deluxe Edition adds four bonus cuts, including a soothing cover of Bob Marley's "Soul Rebel" and Gilbert O'Sullivan's "We Will" among the highlights.

Customer Reviews

Boys Don Cry

Recently discovered Rumer on a Live at Daryll's House website. She has a beautiful smooth as glass voice and I love her 70's pop renditions of Sara Smile, Be Nice to Me, and The Same Old Tears On a New Background. I am a new fan for life.

Favorite Album of the Year!!!!!!!

Thank you Rumer for this gift because thats exactly what it is. i bought this album weeks ago through import cd's and had to get my mom a copy for her birthday. now I just purchased the digital album for my ipad and ipod. I love you Rumer your songs are treasures each and every interpretation is better than the previous. I loved Seasons of my Soul but I adore "Boys Don't Cry: and this boy is crying.......

sophmore slump?

I love Rumer and her gorgeous voice, but wasnt it a little soon to do an album of all covers? Her interpretations are good but it just leaves me feeling less than ok. I think this was a quick attempt for her label to put something out fast to make money to benefit off her sudden popularity. Its a shame, because a new artist has to be careful not to rush in between records, for they will sound rushed leaving no emotion or originality. I really think this is the result. Rumers first album was seductive, smooth, well crafted and emotional. Way too soon for someone of her caliber and ability to do measly cover songs.

Biography

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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