This album features some of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's most memorable co-compositions and sees Rumer bring her extensive experience and singular talent to bear. Recorded at Capitol Studios with accomplished arranger, composer and orchestrator, Rob Shirakbari — This Girl's In Love includes an appearance by Bacharach himself on piano.
What's most fitting to This Girl's In Love is the personal relationship between Rumer and Shirakbari. The pair married in 2015 in Shirakbari's native Arkansas after first meeting at a Dionne Warwick gala at the Royal Albert Hall where Rumer was to sing a duet of Bacharach & David's "Hasbrook Heights." With Shirakbari having worked for 25 years with Bacharach and 30 years with Dionne Warwick — serving as musical director to them both — this could even be deemed "a Bacharach romance." It was a natural project for the newly married couple to create together, with both having great respect and reverence for the song catalog.
Some of the songs on This Girl's In Love are as familiar as any from the 20th century. Where before "(They Long to Be) Close to You" might have been slightly wistful, here there is a sense that the lyric's longing is unlikely to be consummated. "The Look of Love" is more sepulchral, with just a taste of the bossa nova tendencies of the '60s versions. "You'll Never Get To Heaven" has all the sophistication of Dionne Warwick's take, but with a new attention to the cautionary narrative of the lyrics. And Rumer has dug deeper into the catalogue to find the hidden treasure "Balance of Nature" and made it her own.
The Look Of Love
Balance Of Nature
One Less Bell To Answer
Are You There (With Another Girl)
You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)
(They Long To Be) Close To You
Land Of Make Believe
A House Is Not A Home
Walk On By
The Last One To Be Loved
This Girl's In Love With You
What The World Needs Now Is Love