Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 12, 2012
    80
    Each songwriter is honored, and often improved by Rumer's thoughtful readings. [Jul 2012, p.109]
  2. Jun 4, 2012
    80
    These are organic and rich-sounding tracks that frame Rumer's voice in sparkling piano, cinematic bits of strings, rounded horn parts, the twang of the occasional pedal steel guitar, and even a poignant harmonica line.
  3. May 29, 2012
    80
    Boys Don't Cry works superbly as a companion piece to Seasons.
  4. Obscure or not, they're songs worth learning, especially when sung as gorgeously as this.
  5. Jun 1, 2012
    70
    Despite the odd longueurs, Boys Don't Cry is a heartfelt, beguiling match of singer and song. [Jul 2012, p.80]
  6. May 31, 2012
    70
    Boys Don't Cry isn't as satisfying a release as an original album would have been. But this is the labour of love whose genesis predates her debut. And it really does sound like another season in her soul.
  7. Aug 14, 2012
    63
    Yet if Rumer seems to be thinking less critically here, she sounds just as beautiful doing it.
  8. Jul 18, 2012
    60
    Boys Don't Cry is an unashamed stopgap. [Jun 2012, p.86]
  9. May 29, 2012
    60
    It's Tesco shelf filler, it's Father's Day fodder, it's the stack of cover versions every lazy advertising executive is craving now that Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want is all played out.
  10. May 29, 2012
    60
    At times, they are smothered in tastefulness, all emotion neutralised.
  11. 60
    The homogeneity of the album's arrangements effectively denudes the individual songs of their emotional power.
  12. Aug 14, 2012
    50
    Rumer can't conjure the right twinge of dissolution for Neil Young's "A Man Needs a Maid," and her lack of urgency on "Soulsville," by Isaac Hayes, is damning. But elsewhere she slides into the premise as into a tub full of suds, communing with Townes van Zandt's "Flyin' Shoes" and Jimmy Webb's "P. F. Sloan."

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