Review: Rumer, ‘Boys Don’t Cry’

Review: Rumer, ‘Boys Don’t Cry’: Aidin Vaziri | Adele might be on maternity leave, but Britain has no shortage of earthy female singer-songwriters with huge lungs ready to step in as needed. Rumer is the closest approximation, with a mellow gait, broad shoulders and a voice that at times eerily makes her sound just like Karen Carpenter. Her proper debut, “Seasons of My Soul,” didn’t get the attention it deserved when it was released here last year. So the 33-year-old artist born Sarah Joyce is taking another crack at the States with “Boys Don’t Cry,” an album made up entirely of cover versions of obscure ’70s pop tunes by male artists, such as Jimmy Webb’s “P.F. Sloan” and Clifford T. Ward’s “Home Thoughts From Abroad.” Where Adele drops soul, Rumer opts for a standard-issue easy-listening country lilt. Her Hall and Oates non-obscurity “Sara Smile” goes down like a breeze, and she masterfully transforms Isaac Hayes’ “Soulsville” into an unlikely supper-club ballad, but this is strictly for people who found “Rolling in the Deep” too edgy.


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