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This Girl’s in Love by Rumer

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After the British Pakistani singer-songwriter suffered well-publicised bouts of mental ill-health, you could be forgiven for thinking her fourth album, a collection of songs by songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David, is a low-input stop-gap. But there’s more to it than that. Rumer’s married to Rob Shirakbari, the album’s producer and arranger and Burt Bacharach’s longtime musical collaborator. She also has a long association with Bacharach, meeting him shortly after her first album was released and accompanying him to the White House in 2012 to perform ‘This House is Not a Home’ for President Obama. So it feels right that she should finally be offering up her own album-length take on the songs he wrote with David. There are no radical reinventions here, but Rumer’s interpretation of classics like ‘The Look of Love’ and ‘(They Long to Be) Close to You’ is more melancholic than you might expect, and she brings out the full impact of a bossa nova influence only hinted at in Dionne Warwick’s original version of ‘Walk on By’. And, while it’s the mega hits that first capture the attention, it’s lesser-known songs such as ‘Balance of Nature’ that are the album’s greatest delights. Low-key and laid-back, but beautiful.

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