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This Girl's In Love (A Bacharach & David Songbook)The album features some of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's most memorable co-compositions and sees Rumer bring her extensive experience and singular talent to bear on her most enticing undertaking to date. Recorded at the renowned Capitol Studios with accomplished arranger, composer and orchestrator, Rob Shirakbari - THIS GIRL'S IN LOVE includes an appearance by Bacharach himself on piano. To mark the news, Rumer has shared a first track (They Long To Be) Close To You, with live plans to be announced shortly.
What's most fitting to THIS GIRL'S IN LOVE is the personal relationship between Rumer and Shirakbari. The pair married in 2015 in Shirakbari's native Arkansas after first meeting at a Dionne Warwick gala at the Royal Albert Hall where Rumer was to sing a duet of Bacharach & David's Hasbrook Heights. With Shirakbari having worked for 25 years with Bacharach and 30 years with Dionne Warwick-serving as musical director to them both-this could even be deemed a Bacharach romance. It was a natural project for the newly married couple to create together, with both having great respect and reverence for the song catalogue.
Some of the songs on THIS GIRL'S IN LOVE are as familiar as any from the 20th century. Which is why Rumer and Shirakbari decided, in many cases, to remake/remodel them, affording these standards a melancholia that gets right to the emotive core of Bacharach's melodies and David's lyrics. Where before (They Long to Be) Close to You might have been slightly wistful, here there is a sense that the lyric's longing is unlikely to be consummated. The Look of Love is more sepulchral, with just a taste of the bossa nova tendencies of the '60s versions. You'll Never Get To Heaven has all the sophistication of Dionne Warwick's take, but with a new attention to the cautionary narrative of the lyrics. And Rumer has dug deeper into the catalogue to find the hidden treasure Balance of Nature and made it her own.1. The Look Of Love
2. Balance Of Nature
3. One Less Bell To Answer
4. Are You There (With Another Girl)
5. You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)
6. (They Long To Be) Close To You
7. Land Of Make Believe
8. A House Is Not A Home
9. Walk On By
10. The Last One To Be Loved
11. This Girl's In Love With You
12. What The World Needs Now Is Love$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boys Don't Cry
Often obscure selections by marginal writers...it's unbelievable how believable she sounds. It really does sound like another season in her soul Album of the Week -Observer
Songs worth learning especially when sung as gorgeously as this 4/5 - Independent On Sunday
A gorgeous album -The Times
Rumer was born and spent the very early years of her life in Pakistan. Her father's engineering job led her along with six other siblings to Darbela Dam, 30 miles northwest of Islamabad. Previously, the job had taken them to the Western Australian outback and Tasmania as well as to South Africa. . Her brother Rob gave Rumer her first guitar which she taught herself to play, and years later, she wrote all the songs on her debut album, Seasons of My Soul.
Life changed when the family returned to the UK and settled in the New Forest. Her parents having separated, Rumer was educated in Carlisle with her Dad, and spent summers in the New Forest. She left school at 16, and began to drift; studying at Art College in Devon and then joining a fledgling indie rock band, La Honda. Plays from Radio 1 followed, as did early support from NME.
Her mother died in 2003, and Rumer hit rock bottom. The lyrics of songs like 'Healer' document Rumer's journey through grief. On the dole and back in London, Rumer took action. She travelled to a stately home in the countryside, where she essentially lived as part of a commune, owned by a charismatic, philanthropic baronet.
Rumer's luck changed when she met award-winning TV and musical composer Steve Brown (It's A Wonderful Life, Spend, Spend Spend) at the Cobden Club in Kensal Rise. Rumer and Steven worked together and produced the first single 'Slow'. Having been signed to ATC Management, all corners of the industry quickly began angling for her signature. Then, in March, her hard work paid off, and Rumer finally signed to Atlantic Records. She released Seasons of My Soul, her self-penned debut album in 2010.1. P.F. Sloan
2. Travelin' Boy
3. Sara Smile
4. Be Nice To Me
5. The Same Old Tears On A New Background
7. Welcome Back
8. Flyin' Shoes
9. Just For A Moment
10. It Could Be The First Day
11. Brave Awakening
12. A Man Needs A Maid$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now