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Boys Don't Cry


Boys Don't Cry

Second album from the Pakistani-born English pop / soul singer covers songs originally recorded by men in the 1970s

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  1. 8.5 |   BBC

    Boys Don’t Cry posits Rumer as a throwback, albeit a glorious one, to a bygone era, when the songwriting verities of the Brill Building were transposed to LA’s Laurel Canyon. Fabulous stuff
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  2. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Obscure or not, they're songs worth learning, especially when sung as gorgeously as this
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Exquisitely arranged, unashamedly adult pop. Print edition only

  4. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A respectable and often gorgeous reminder that music of this ilk isn't always overtly 'easy' and can surprise
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  5. 7.0 |   Tone Deaf

    Rumers re-workings, whilst never ruining their counterparts, don’t ever stray from pleasant territory
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  6. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A heartfelt, beguiling match of singer and song. Print edition only

  7. 6.0 |   The Independent

    The homogeneity of the album's arrangements effectively denudes the individual songs of their emotional power.
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  8. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Boys Don't Cry isn't as satisfying a release as an original album would have been. But this is the labour of love whose genesis predates her debut
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  9. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    There are 12 obscure 1970s songs here, all originally recorded by men, and they re-emerge in deeply feminine wrapping – all velvety arrangements and languid alto croon
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  10. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Rumer picked these songs, no doubt. But Boys Don’t Cry isn’t the second album we hoped for from such a talent. It’s just passable. It’s Tesco shelf filler, it’s Father’s Day fodder
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  11. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    One to play after a Sunday lunch with people you think are a bit soppy and credulous
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  12. 6.0 |   Mojo

    All the creases and wrinkles are unfolded and smoother by Rumer's still-remarkable Karen Carpenter voice. Print edition only

  13. 4.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Music is so bloody brilliant. It is able to empower people, change lives, excite and bring its listener to its knees. With ‘Boys Don’t Cry‘ Rumer is only doing one thing; lulling me to sleep
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  14. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There’s something missing. An emotional connection, perhaps, a feeling that these songs are being experienced and performed rather than merely sung
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