Set the lights low and get ready for a journey into an introspective exploration of life and the emotions that come with it. In this British singer’s third studio album, Rumer takes the listener through an almost spiritual journey with upbeat, disco-flavored tunes butting up against ballads that are filled with soul and strength, while jazzy tributes are peppered in for good measure. And throughout it all sounds Rumer’s voice, which is soft and pure. She doesn’t do any vocal gymnastics in this retro pop-style album, letting the deepness of her voice lend an air of mystery to the poetic lyrics and strong melodies. The clarity of her voice gives the listener a sense that there is more going on. The upbeat songs remind you of the good times in your past, while the haunting ballads smooth a balm over your remembered pains. Something in the way the voice, melody, and lyrics combine seems like it’s speaking directly to you. If you’re looking for something that you’d hear at the club, this might not be the album for you, but if you’re wanting to fall into music and explore the depths of your soul, then settle down with a glass of wine and turn on Rumer’s Into Colour. Atlantic Records (atlanticrecords.com). —Bradley Donalson
Bradley Donalson is a frequent contributor to OutSmart magazine.
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