SONG REVIEW: Rumer, Sara Smile

TITLE: Sara Smile
LABEL: Atlantic Records
RELEASED: July 30th 2012

What better way to relax on a Sunday with a listen to arguably one of the most soothing voices in music? Rumer’s debut album Seasons Of My Soul was released two years ago and reached number three in the UK album chart. Her second album Boys Don’t Cry was released in May and also peaked at number three. Sara Smile is the second single from this album full of covers, following her rendition of P.F Sloan by 1960s/70s musician Jimmy Webb.

The Pakistani-born, British singer-songwriter has been championed by the likes of Jools Holland and Elton John and there’s no doubting her talent. Her sound is the perfect backing to any romantic date or even when you’re in bed nursing a hangover. Just let her voice melt through your ears.

The song was originally recorded by Hall and Oates in the late 1970s and got to number four in the American charts. A blues track, which showcases the very best of Rumer’s vocals. No frills and no gimmicks involved, it’s just a very simple but beautiful cover of a hidden gem from the past.

Eternal love and a little insecurity are embedded in the lyrics and the love cynic will probably dismiss it as flowery and over the top. In all honesty, it’s really quite moving and sincere. The hazy, retro feel shines through while reflecting the modern spin Rumer puts on it. Give it a listen and drift off into a lazy afternoon.


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