Theatre Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick University
I was offered the ticket by a friend who had been let down. Thank goodness I accepted! Rumer has a truly wonderful voice. Maybe she could be accused of not taking chances, because her phrasing and pitch is so measured. But just when you thought the music was veering too far into MOR territory, something soulful would come along or a rhythm would change and give it a kick. The show leaned heavily on her recent album “Into Colour” leavened with a Hall/Oates song she sang on “Daryll’s House” and variety of others including ‘Blackbird’. The six-piece backing band was sympathetic and thoroughly smooth and professional – unfair to pick one out, but the (frighteningly young-looking) drummer had as good a touch as I have heard in a long time. A perfect night – to try and fault it would be churlish.
Oldish in the main (and I mean old), a Radio 2 crowd, I suspect. One or two eccentrically dressed coves and the odd pony-tailed middle-aged man with a younger girlfriend.
It made me think..
Why isn’t Rumer playing bigger venues – she deserves to be heard, but is probably not fashionable or edgy enough, although the sweetness of the tunes counterbalances the sadness/darkness of many of the lyrics. Karen Carpenter comparisons are valid for the timbre of her voice, but she is a talent in her own right.