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Rumer Reveals Extraordinary New Album!
May 22 2012

RUMER REVEALS EXTRAORDINARY NEW ALBUM;
ACCLAIMED COLLECTION FEATURES STUNNING INTERPRETATIONS
OF SONGS BY CLASSIC TUNESMITHS LIKE TODD RUNDGREN,
NEIL YOUNG, TOWNES VAN ZANDT, DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES AND JIMMY WEBB;
âBOYS DONâT CRYâ ARRIVES ON MAY 29


Atlantic recording artist Rumer has announced the Canadian release of her extraordinary new album, âBOYS DONâT CRY.â The collection â which follows recent domestic release of the British singer/songwriterâs acclaimed debut, âSEASONS OF MY SOULâ â arrives on May 29.

âBOYS DONâT CRYâ sees Rumer bringing her remarkable voice to a striking selection of songs penned and originally performed by some of the most iconic male songwriters of the 1970s. The album showcases stunning reinterpretations of classics like Daryl Hall & John Oatesâ âSara Smileâ and Townes van Zandtâs âFlyinâ Shoesâ alongside lesser-known works by such legendary tunesmiths as Todd Rundgren, Isaac Hayes, Ronnie Lane, Paul Williams, Stephen Bishop and Terry Reid (see attached track listing).

The album has already begun drawing critical applause, with Mojo hailing it for â(showing) off Rumerâs ability to inhabit, interpret and seek out the universalâ¦Rumerâs still-remarkable Karen Carpenter voice (is) the gentle hand on forehead, pure white linen, a kind of musical Florence Nightingale, quick to round up the strays, seal up the wounds and make everything lovely.â

Rumer heralded next weekâs release of âBOYS DONâT CRYâ with a stellar rendition of the albumâs first single, Jimmy Webbâs âP.F. Sloan,â on the BBCâs flagship music program, Later with Jools Holland. The singular performance â which saw Rumer accompanied by the one and only Webb â can be viewed now at Rumerâs official website, www.rumer.co.uk/updates,watch-rumer-performing-with-jimmy-webb_129.htm?f=news. Additionally, Rumer will celebrate the release of âBOYS DONâT CRYâ with a live show at Londonâs St. Jamesâs Church which will be broadcast live via different online partners around the globe.

The sheer scope of artists covered across âBOYS DONâT CRYâ reveals Rumerâs trainspotter-love of forgotten greats. Yet the record has become more than just a means of paying respect. Tracks have been specifically chosen to tap into a broader range of themes, beginning with what it means to sing âmasculineâ songs. âI wanted to try and inhabit these male voices, which at first seemed distant to me,â Rumer explains. This is perhaps most evident in her take on Neil Youngâs haunting âA Man Needs A Maidâ, which may have upset feminists at the time, but today sounds more like the plea for love and care that many interpret it as. âFor me,â says Rumer, âitâs about not being able to take care of yourself anymore, and being incapable of giving. I relate to that.â Equally, few could have foreseen Rumerâs take on Isaac Hayesâ âSoulsvilleâ; a ghetto anthem originally set against a Harlem backdrop of deprivation, which struck a chord with civil rights activists of the time. âThat song reminds me of Brixton, where I have lived for 14 years, and still live,â remarks Rumer.

In America, Rumer was among the superstar artists contributing her talents to Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House, an all-star PBS music special filmed as part of the Emmy Award-nominated PBS series, In Performance at the White House. The concert event, hosted by President and Mrs. Obama, was held earlier this month in honor of songwriters Bacharach and Davidâs receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and also features performances by Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, Arturo Sandoval, and many others. Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House premiered Monday, May 21st on PBS stations nationwide. To view the clip of Rumerâs performance click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiOqnCns59Y

Fueled by the much-admired hit singles âSlowâ and âAretha,â âSEASONS OF MY SOULâ was a platinum certified popular success upon its initial 2010 U.K. release. Whatâs more, the album proved an international sensation, reaching the top 10 in Belgium, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

âSEASONS OF MY SOULâ was also a critical phenomenon, earning unprecedented acclaim for a debut album. Mojo hailed the collection as a five-star âInstant Classic,â praising Rumer for â(achieving) perfect balance between effusion and restraintâ¦Itâs as if Rumer is laying bare humanityâs soul, such is her ability to create intimacy and emotional depth within a song.â âA mellifluous aural balm of jazz and soul, these are songs of yearning and loss,â declared Q in a four-starred rave, while Uncut applauded the album for its âdream-like melancholy, thanks to the tension between Rumerâs sweet voice and her troubled lyrics.â âSensationally good,â affirmed The Sunday Times, âRumer has one of those voices â a sort of confiding, conversational sigh, equal parts Laura Nyro, Karen Carpenter, Dusty Springfield, and Joni Mitchell â you would be happy to listen to for days and days.â

Furthermore, Rumer received rapturous praise for her live performances, with Q extolling âa voice pure as a primary colour, dappling occasional light towards Carole King, more seldom Alison Goldfrapp, but for the most part a fiery phoenix rising from the unmistakable ashes of Karen Carpenter.â âHer vocals are a deft blend of bright, shining delicacy and the darkness of genuine heartache,â declared The Independent of a headline appearance at Londonâs famed Bloomsbury Theatre, with The Times proclaiming the show as âa classic pop moment.â In addition, a performance at New Yorkâs Joeâs Pub earned the admiration of the Daily News, who noted, âItâs particularly gratifying in these melisma-mad days to hear a singer who doesnât throw her voice around athletically. Instead (Rumer) trusts the essential quality of her instrument to tell the tale.â


(TRACKLISTING ATTACHED)

Rumer

âBOYS DONâT CRYâ
(Atlantic)

Release Date: May 29, 2012

TRACKLISTING

1. P.F. Sloan
2. It Could Be The First Day
3. Be Nice To Me
4. Travelin' Boy
5. Soulsville
6. The Same Old Tears On A New
7. Background
8. Sara Smile
9. Flyin' Shoes
10. Home Thoughts From Abroad
11. Just For A Moment
12. Brave Awakening
13. We Will
14. Andre Johray
15. Soul Rebel
16. My Cricket
17. A Man Needs A Maid
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