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Rumer's sophomore effort, 2012's Boys Don't Cry, is a retro soft rock covers album that finds the vocalist tackling tracks by various male artists of the 1970s. As with her acclaimed 2010 debut, Seasons of My Soul, Boys Don't Cry showcases Rumer's gentle and sweetly soulful vocal style that is clearly perfectly suited to this material. In fact, for anyone already familiar with her, it almost goes without saying that Rumer sounds a lot like soft pop icon Karen Carpenter. However, rather than coming off as a copycat, Rumer always sounds like the real thing and seems like she has genuine respect and love for Carpenter and the rest of the soft singer/songwriter titans. She nailed Bread's "Goodbye Girl" on Seasons for gosh sakes, and Boys Don't Cry takes its cue from that cover and not the original material written in a retro style that made up most of Seasons. Here we get Rumer's take on such laid-back cuts as Jimmy Webb's "P.F. Sloan," Todd Rundgren's "Be Nice to Me," and Hall & Oates' "Sara Smile," among others. Adding to the '70s soft rock vibe is the lush orchestral production from Steve Brown, who was also responsible for the sound of Seasons. These are organic and rich-sounding tracks that frame Rumer's voice in sparkling piano, cinematic bits of strings, rounded horn parts, the twang of the occasional pedal steel guitar, and even a poignant harmonica line, as on Townes Van Zandt's "Flyin' Shoes." Kudos to Rumer for not just covering the most well-known cuts from the best-known '70s artists, but also including such lesser-known numbers as Clifford T. Ward's "Home Thoughts from Abroad" and Terry Reid's "Brave Awakening."

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"Often obscure selections by marginal writers...it's unbelievable how believable she sounds. It really does sound like another season in her soul" (Album of the Week) --Observer

"Songs worth learning especially when sung as gorgeously as this" (4/5) --Independent On Sunday

"A gorgeous album" --The Times

"Songs worth learning especially when sung as gorgeously as this" (4/5) --Independent On Sunday

"A gorgeous album" --The Times

"Songs worth learning especially when sung as gorgeously as this" (4/5) --Independent On Sunday

"A gorgeous album" --The Times

1. P.F. Sloan
2. Travelin' Boy
3. Sara Smile
4. Be Nice To Me
5. The Same Old Tears On A New Background
6. Soulsville
7. Welcome Back
8. Flyin' Shoes
9. Just For A Moment
10. It Could Be The First Day
11. Brave Awakening
12. A Man Needs A Maid

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B008OW1S8E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick Lancer on September 12, 2012
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Heartfelt. She is one of those artists who understands what she is singing and wants you to feel it also. No rushing or forced emotion. Retro in her voice and styling. Love her and this album. Thanks.
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Incredibly gifted vocalist. She reminds me of Karen Carpenter ... and yes, that's a very good thing. Her music seems effortless and it is very difficult to stop listening to her. Rarely can you listen to something over and over again ... and it just gets better. With this CD and her first one she has come up with more than a dozen songs that should be massive hits. I hope she gets the success she deserves. This is what should be on the radio. Her music is for everyone. It's timeless and for all ages and anyone with good taste in music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger G. Winslow on December 26, 2012
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This is the one recording I turn to when I need to mellow out after work. It is a work of covers from the late 60s, early 70s for the most part. She covers Neil Young, Jimmy Webb, and an exquisite Paul Williams, among others. There is a Hall & Oates, Richie Havens, and Isaac Hayes thrown in for good measure. Absolutely love it and her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John M. Dietrich on October 7, 2013
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I found out about Rumor from a free MP3 download a few years ago. I was blown away by her voice. Yes, it reminicent of Karen Carpenter, but she owns it and truly has her own voice. Standouts on this Album is her cover of Hall & Oats "Sara Smile" for a light happy song and to show off her darker side Neil Young's "A Man Needs a Maid" just blows me away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Regina Falange on February 20, 2013
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This is a truly beautiful album following on from her successful (and equally stunning) debut album Seasons of My Soul. If you haven't heard of Rumer then you have been deprived! Her voice is pure bliss and after a stressful day at work this is the perfect choice to unwind. Buy it, love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eLIZABETH aNNE sTINSON on August 25, 2013
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We love this girl. First saw her on Daryl's house. She did a duet with hall on Sarah's Smile. She's got a quiet soulful voice that we love.
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First introduced to Rumer from Daryll's house. Her modified rendition of Can't Go for That was inspired. This artist is worth watching. I enjoy her work to date very much.
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By M. Thomsen on March 9, 2014
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The voice is great. Just melodic humming would be nice. Add good songs and a frequent connection ... great music. To relax, to read to, or for background for dinner.
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