Platinum-Selling British Singer-Songwriter Interprets Burt Bacharach & Hal David's Most Memorable Co-Compositions!
Platinum-selling British singer-songwriter Rumer presents her fourth album 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 even includes an appearance by Bacharach himself on piano.
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.
Elsewhere across This Girl's In Love, Rumer elects in places for straighter interpretations: "Walk On By" feels familiar to those who grew up on Warwick's version, but with closer ties to the Brazilian influences implied in much of Bacharach's music, whilst the title track features Bacharach himself on piano. The version of "A House Is Not a Home" is "not too dissimilar" to the Gershwin Prize iteration Rumer performed at the White House, while "The Last One to Be Loved" was included at Bacharach's own personal request, as was "Land of Make Believe."
Interpreting a back catalogue already known the world over through versions sung by such accomplished vocalists as Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, Karen Carpenter, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey and, of course, Dionne Warwick was bound to be intimidating, to say the least. However, matched step for step by Shirakbari's intuitive arrangements and focused orchestrations, Rumer has risen to the occasion magnificently. This Girl's In Love finds Rumer in possession of a record that rightfully deserves to be cherished alongside its namesake.