Boys Don’t Cry

20 Apr

Boysdont

The last couple of posts have gone back to the 1980s – so it’s time to get more up to date with Rumer’s second album ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. Although issued  in 2012 on Atlantic (5053105230754), this is a slightly eclectic collection of twelve less-well known covers of songs from the seventies done originally by men.  It’s lushly produced (a bit too ‘smooth’ for my taste really) but delivered in her matchless voice (which I was convinced was Karen Carpenter the first time I heard her).

The choices are intriguing: I can’t think of many other women singer who could carry off  Issac Hayes ‘Soulsville’ (from the Shaft soundtrack) without going totally OTT and I’d all but forgotten artists like Jimmy Webb or Stephen Bishop. The standout tracks though are found in the second half of the collection: Townes Van Zandt’s ‘Flying Shoes’ goes into a beautiful and delicate take on the Clifford T. Ward song “Home Thoughts From Abroad’ and then into a song I’d not heard for YEARS called ‘Just For A Moment’. This is by Ronnie Lane from a little-known soundtrack album by Lane and Ron Wood (yes, THAT Mr Wood), called ‘Mahoney’s Last Stand’.

Second albums are often described as being ‘difficult’ – but by tipping her hat to songwriters from an under-valued decade, Rumer has given herself space for her own writing to develop. A clever move – which actually enhances her reputation and all but ensures I’ll buy her next material.

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2 Responses to “Boys Don’t Cry”

  1. William Faure April 30, 2013 at 12:39 am #

    Oh you should really listen to the DELUXE edition, which has 16 songs and features Rumer’s remarkable cover of Neil Young’s ‘A Man Needs A Maid’

    • alastairt April 30, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      Will do – see my post about Harvest!Thanks for comment.

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