Album: Rumer, Seasons of My Soul (Atlantic)

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Sarah Joyce, the artist now known as Rumer, has been knocking around the lower reaches of the music business for years, and has, at 31, emerged as an undiscovered diamond.

Bacharach's a fan, and that figures when you hear her Dusty-meets-Karen-meets-Carole voice and take in its effortless, easy-like-Sunday-morning quality. SOMS consists of 11 pieces of gentle jazz-pop, and if it errs a little on the side of "ready-made Mother's Day present", we'll forgive that. Whatever "it" is, Rumer has it.