11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a voice that's drawn comparisons to Karen Carpenter for its silky soulfulness, British singer/songwriter Rumer (born Sarah Joyce) has earned the support of Elton John and Burt Bacharach, whose "Alfie" is on the deluxe version of this fine album. Bacharach is an appropriate touchstone; songs like the sweeping "Slow" and the dreamlike "Come to Me High" are very much in his mold. Electric and acoustic pianos, brass arrangements, gently restrained drums, and Rumer's velvet voice brings back the days of Carole King, Laura Nyro, and "Rainy Days and Mondays" with such perfect autobiographical timepieces such as "Am I Forgiven?," "Aretha," and "Take Me as I Am." The inclusion of David Gates' "Goodbye Girl" is further indication that she's out to bring back the romance of early-'70s AM radio. The album, which was released in the U.K. in 2010, has received positive notices and awards there. The deluxe version includes covers of Paul Simon's "Long Long Day," The Beach Boys' "The Warmth of the Sun," and the aforementioned Bacharach track, "Alfie."

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a voice that's drawn comparisons to Karen Carpenter for its silky soulfulness, British singer/songwriter Rumer (born Sarah Joyce) has earned the support of Elton John and Burt Bacharach, whose "Alfie" is on the deluxe version of this fine album. Bacharach is an appropriate touchstone; songs like the sweeping "Slow" and the dreamlike "Come to Me High" are very much in his mold. Electric and acoustic pianos, brass arrangements, gently restrained drums, and Rumer's velvet voice brings back the days of Carole King, Laura Nyro, and "Rainy Days and Mondays" with such perfect autobiographical timepieces such as "Am I Forgiven?," "Aretha," and "Take Me as I Am." The inclusion of David Gates' "Goodbye Girl" is further indication that she's out to bring back the romance of early-'70s AM radio. The album, which was released in the U.K. in 2010, has received positive notices and awards there. The deluxe version includes covers of Paul Simon's "Long Long Day," The Beach Boys' "The Warmth of the Sun," and the aforementioned Bacharach track, "Alfie."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

DALTYNN11 ,

Relaxing.

What an astounding sound :)
I could fall asleep to it and wake up feeling rejuvinated :)))) LOVE.

jyo_tirmaya ,

Karen Carpenter...

If you like Karen Carpenter, you will like Rumer. They both have similar voice and songs. This is a good album.

Ellaandjacksmom ,

Soothing and wonderful

I love this album! All the songs are wonderful but Blackbird and Aretha especially touched me. Rumer has the most amazing voice . It is similar to Karen Carpenter yes but so much richer . I think anyone would love this album in there collection of easy listening music ! I plan to buy "Into color "next!!

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