Rumer wrote all the songs on her debut album, Seasons of My Soul, with her guitar. "My songs have elements of that folk tradition," she says, "which is what I grew up with. But when I started writing on my guitar, I tended to combine it with these cinematic, epic chords. I am always looking for a lilting, romantic melody. I basically wanted to write the soundtrack for Hedy Lamaar walking down that spiral staircase."
First single "Slow" is a stop-what-you're-doing torch song "about being obsessive in a new relationship. It's a love song, but it's unrequited love, and the chorus has that Greek Chorus effect, advising me not to fall in love too fast." The instantly-classic soul of "Aretha," meanwhile, conveys, amongst other things, "the gratitude you feel to artists that sustain you through difficult times. Everyone has their own Aretha. I can't imagine my life without them."
When her mother died in 2003, Rumer hit rock bottom. The lyrics of songs like "Healer" document Rumer's journey through grief. She wrote many songs during this time, including the stunning "Blackbird," which is in part about coming to the realisation that she was strong enough to go back to the real world. "That song was the turning point," she says. "It's about a lot of things, but mainly about being addicted to sorrow. It gave me the courage to go back to London and really try to go somewhere with my music."
"Rumer (born Sarah Joyce) has one of those timeless, jazz-soul voices--like Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, and Adele--that makes you stop and pay attention." — Vanity Fair
"We seem to be, in England, capable of bringing these singers out like Adele, Duffy, and Amy Winehouse and Now Rumer. People with extraordinary voices. They don't come along that often and then you get one that comes along like Rumer's. Just extraordinary, a beautiful voice. She's going to be a huge star." — Sir Elton John
"It is so nice to have a singer just sing a song without the frills and the diva tricks. Rumer really delivers the goods." — Burt Bacharach
"Rumer is wonderful, a real gutsy singer." — Carly Simon