Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry

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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 toSee more details below

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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."

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2012
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
5053105230754
catalogNumber:
0523075
Rank:
247476

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rumer   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ian Thomas   Drums
Nicky Holland   Oboe
Matt Backer   Guitar
Mark Berrow   Violin
Richard Edwards   Tenor Trombone
Simon Gardner   Flugelhorn
Rita Manning   Violin
Steve Pearce   Bass,Double Bass
Frank Ricotti   Percussion,Vibes
Jamie Talbot   Tenor Saxophone
Peter Lale   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
David Hartley   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
John Parricelli   Guitar
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Julian Jackson   Harmonica
Paul Clarvis   Percussion
Dan Carpenter   Trumpet
Steve Brown   Flute,Percussion,Autoharp,Harp,Background Vocals
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Bob Knight   Drums
David Lee   French Horn
Mark Tree   Percussion
Vicci Wardman   Viola
Ladonna Harley Peters   Background Vocals
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Susan Harriott   Background Vocals
Julian Cox   Bass
Josephine Knight   Cello
James Knight   Saxophone
Tom Rees-Roberts   Flugelhorn
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Jonathan Rees   Violin
Annabel Williams   Background Vocals
Bobbie Gordon   Background Vocals
Maria Ryan   Violin
Ciaran McCabe   Violin
Cormac Browne   Violin
Rob Taggart   Piano
Alexa Kidd-May   Violin
Malcolm Doherty   Background Vocals
Kirsten Klingels   Violin
Alexa Afia   Violin
Steve Morris   Violin

Technical Credits

Richie Havens   Composer
Stephen Bishop   Composer
Todd Rundgren   Composer
Daryl Hall   Composer
Terry Reid   Composer
Clifford T. Ward   Composer
Christopher Bond   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Ronnie Lane   Composer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Roger Nicols   Composer
Gilbert O'Sullivan   Composer
John Oates   Composer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Geoff Foster   Producer,Engineer
Steve Brown   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Max Bell   Liner Notes
Cliff Masterson   String Arrangements
Helen Atkinson   Engineer
Ryan Gilligan   Pro-Tools
Jennie Muskett   Producer,String Arrangements
Jimmy L. Webb   Composer
Walter Briski   Art Direction
Rumer   Producer,Executive Producer,Art Direction

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