Given reports that the singer suffered a series of breakdowns while plugging her first record across the globe, Boys Don't Cry could be seen as a cop-out - but it's anything but. The likes of Tori Amos may have already pulled a similar stunt in the past by opting to cover only male songs, but where Amos stuck to one genre, Rumer cherry picks what the '70s had to offer, including soul, reggae and the southern rock heard on lead single 'P.F. Sloan'.
Each number has been given the Rumer treatment; her mellow and hushed tones allowing her to flit seamlessly between the likes of Richie Havens's folk-driven 'It Could Be The First Day' to the funk-soul of Issac Hayes's 'Soulsville'. While it sometimes sounds almost too comfortable, she succeeds best when breathing life into forgotten gems such as Paul Williams's 'Travelin' Boy'.
Despite the absence of an original song, there's a sense throughout that most have played an important part in helping overcome her recent troubles. "My life is changing in so many ways/ I don't know who to trust any more," the singer confesses on her rendition of Neil Young's 'A Man Needs A Maid', while she longs for escape on Townes Van Zandt's 'Flying' Shoes'. Rumer may not have been able to put it into her own words this time out, but we'll be ready and waiting for when she does.
Tracks to download: 'P.F. Sloan', 'Sara Smile', 'Flyin' Shoes', 'Travelin' Boy'
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Watch Rumer perform 'P.F. Sloan' live below: