THE BARGAIN BUY: Rumer; Seasons of my Soul (Atlantic)

 |   |  <1 min read

Rumer: Am I Forgiven
THE BARGAIN BUY: Rumer; Seasons of my Soul (Atlantic)

Although this album was released in the UK in late 2010, it didn't get airspace in New Zealand until some months later -- and therefore qualified as a Best of Elsewhere 2011 album (see the full list here).

Rumer -- known to her parent as Sarah Joyce -- was another of those soul-influenced pop singers which Britain seemed to be delivering with enormous frequency and although she took her place alongside Adele (another Best of Elsewhere 2011 album with 21) and Duffy (whose debut was excellent with the exception of  couple of tracks and the follow-up was disappointing except for a couple of tracks), she also brought something else to the genre.

She overtly referenced Aretha Franklin on the song Aretha, but nodded to Burt Bacharach, Karen Carpenter, Judee Sill and many others. Yet still found her own voice, especially in the songs which seemed directed to the loss of her mother in 2003.

At the time I noted you'd be unlikely to find a more immediately beautiful, engaging, repeat-play album for adults that year.JB_HZ_CHEAP_long

Which is enough recommendation in itself, but at $6.99 at JB Hi-Fi stores (here), it is most definitely this week's Bargain Buy.

Rumer was interviewed at Elsewhere here.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   The Bargain Buy articles index

THE BARGAIN BUY: Iron Butterfly (3CD set)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Iron Butterfly (3CD set)

People over a certain and sensible age know not to mention Iron Butterfly in musically intelligent company because they know they will attract derision. Just the word "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida"... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; 100 Hits, American Songbooks

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; 100 Hits, American Songbooks

What with Rod Stewart's enormously successful series Great American Songbook, some might be asking . . . just what is in this "songbook"? Fair question because it does seem bottomless... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Various: Sideways (2007)

Various: Sideways (2007)

From Loxene Golden Disc Award albums in the 60s through the Class of 81 and the Dunedin Double (82), and the South Auckland Proud collection of 94, the breadth and texture of Kiwi music has often... > Read more

AOTEAROA PAYS TRIBUTE TO BOB MARLEY (2016): The music and man heard in New Zealand

AOTEAROA PAYS TRIBUTE TO BOB MARLEY (2016): The music and man heard in New Zealand

Some months ago when Universal Music wanted to commission New Zeaand artists to interpret songs from Bob Marley's catalogue, I was invited to write the proposal to be presented to the musicians.... > Read more