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Listen to Rumer's New Single "P.F. Sloan" [Song Review]

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With the weekend just around the corner, it is a good moment to slow down a little and enjoy the warmer spring weather with the earnest and sun-soaked tunes of Rumer. Listen to her phenomenal new single "P.F. Sloan," a tune originally sung by Jimmy Webb that is taken from her forthcoming album, 'Boys Don't Cry." The LP is a carefully-crafted collection of lesser-known covers from the '70s, all of which were originally sung by men. 

"Boys Don’t Cry" follows the breakthrough success of Rumer's debut album "Seasons Of My Soul," which has sold over a million copies over in the U.K., and earned Rumer two BRIT nominations and also saw her scoop the coveted Mojo Award for Breakthrough Act.

In many ways, "P.F. Sloan" unveils Rumer's ultimate intent with this new album. Sloan was a huge songwriter throughout the '60s, penning evergreens like Barry McGuire's "Eve Of Destruction" and composing the riff that would go on to become the Mamas & The Papas' timeless gem "California Dreaming."

Desperate to sing his own material, however, Sloan gave up his thriving songwriting career to record as a solo artist, but failed to sell any records. He disappeared into obscurity, only to be remembered by Jimmy Webb who originally wrote "P.F. Sloan" as one songwriter’s bittersweet tribute to another, "documenting the costs of being a true artist," as a press release poignantly puts it. 

Rumer explains that the song is the perfect introduction to her new record. "['P.F. Sloan'] is a song about the great writers who have been forgotten, or sidelined by a commercially-driven music industry," the British singer says. "I think 'P.F. Sloan' sums up the whole album, and I love the idea of it being on the radio in 2012 (. . .)  This project is about passion, and paying respect to other people's work. I went on a journey and this music tells that story."

The classic melody of "P.F. Sloan" is rejuvenated by Rumer's wistful performance that is filled with timeless melancholy. Listening to Rumer's new version of "P.F. Sloan" is like dusting off a faded photograph you found in a box of mementos to live that previously captured moment all over again. Introducing classic '70s pop to a new audience of younger listeners, Rumer's "P.F. Sloan" is formidable fare for the Instagram generation. Very highly recommended.

April 13, 2012 | Permalink