If you haven’t yet fallen in love with British singer-songwriter Rumer, here’s hoping that the fourth time’s the charm: she’s just released her fourth album, THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE: A BACHARACH AND DAVID SONGBOOK, which features her take on a dozen classic compositions by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
One of the most enjoyable holiday traditions to emerge over the course of the past few years has been the Record Store Day Black Friday event, in which labels take one of the most excruciating shopping days of the year and make it worthwhile for vinyl aficionados to brave the crowds and hit their local record retailer.
If you’ve read music journalism to any significant degree, then you’re well aware of the phenomenon known as the sophomore slump, wherein an artist takes everything they’ve ever learned in their life, applies the whole lot to their debut album, and then finds themselves left wanting creatively when they get around to putting together their second album. We only reference this phenomenon in order to underline the fact that Jethro Tull absolutely, positively did not succumb to it when they released their sophomore album, STAND UP.
With LITTLE EARTHQUAKES, she was a star straight out of the box, and with UNDER THE PINK she confirmed that she wasn’t just a flash in the pan, but it was BOYS FOR PELE that truly confirmed that Tori Amos was here for the long haul. From a commercial standpoint, it was a tremendous success - it remains her highest-charting studio album to date, having made it all the way to #2 on the Billboard 200 – but it was also where she found herself at full bloom creatively, producing herself for the first time in her career.