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THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE: A BACHARACH & DAVID SONG­BOOK EAST WEST, OUT NOW A trib­ute to Burt and Hal. Why has no­body thought of this be­fore?

There’s a slightly awk­ward as­pect to the frag­ile Rumer mar­ry­ing Burt Bacharach’s mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Rob Shi­rak­bari and adding to the seem­ingly end­less list of Bacharach/ David trib­ute al­bums, es­pe­cially since their first col­lab­o­ra­tion, the self-writ­ten Into Colour was such a re­turn to form. Much as Shi­rak­bari’s ex­pan­sive ar­range­ments pro­vide a lush back­drop, Rumer’s take is down­beat through­out, whether in­fus­ing (They Long To Be) Close To You with quiet jeal­ousy; adding a sense of men­ace to You’ll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart) or hint­ing that The Look Of Love’s nar­ra­tor is a stalker. Drain­ing and stylish in equal mea­sure. JOHN AIZLEWOOD

Lis­ten To: This Girl’s In Love With You | Land Of Make Be­lieve

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