Album: Boys Don’t Cry
Two years after releasing her great debut album Seasons of My Soul, Rumer is back with her great new album Boys Don’t Cry.
And Boys Don’t Cry is a very different album from the singer as she has taken a collection of lesser known songs from the seventies that were all originally sung by men and re-recorded them.
P.F. Sloan is the opening track on the album and it is one of my favourite songs as the guitar gives the Jimmy Webb track a real country feel.
The track is a song that pays tribute to an unrecognised writing talent and it is a more upbeat version than the original.
It Could Be The First Day is a track that really shows of the beauty of Rumer’s vocals and it’s a real change to the mellow and hushed tones that we are use to hearing.
Soulsville has a real soul vibe to it and the piano really is the perfect compliment to Rumer’s incredibly understated vocals.
Her voice just drips with emotion and this one of the most powerful tracks on the album as her vocals just take front and centre stage.
And that is something that runs throughout this album, it’s all about her fabulous vocals and she has a power to draw you into every track.
Tori Amos did a cover album similar to this some years ago but while she stuck to one genre Rumer really does move from soul to folk to pop.
This is an album that Rumer began working on when she was still unsigned and Boys Don’t Cry is set to bring a collection of songs to a new generation.
And while this is the kind of album that was expected for the talented song-writer she certainly has put her stamp on these new tracks to deliver a great record.
Her song writing ability may not be on display like it was on her debut record with this album Rumer shows off her vocal prowess as she breaths life into these old tracks.
Rumer - Boys Don’t Cry is out now
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