Artist: Rumer Title Of Album: Boys Don't Cry [Special Edition] Year Of Release: April 25, 2012 Label: Warner Music UK Limited Genre: Pop,Soul Quality: ape (image+.cue, log) Bitrate: lossless Total Time: 00:55:14 Total Size: 325.07 mb
Tracklist --------- 01. P.F. Sloan 02. It Could Be The First Day 03. Be Nice To Me 04. Travelin' Boy 05. Soulsville 06. Same Old Tears On A New Background 07. Sara Smile 08. Flyin' Shoes 09. Home Thoughts From Abroad 10. Just For A Moment 11. Brave Awakening 12. We Will
Bonus tracks: 13. Andre Johray 14. Soul Rebel 15. My Cricket 16. A Man Needs a Maid
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."