Like previous Sunday Cover Story original artists Buffalo Springfield and T. Rex, I’ve got to cop to a gap in my musical knowledge when it comes to Joan Armatrading. The British singer-songwriter was often referenced in reviews of late-’80s new artists like Tracy Chapman and Toni Childs, but though a fast fan of both (and a slew of other female guitar-slingers), I never sought out Armatrading’s work.
So today’s post hopes to gently right my young and foolish oversight, bringing notice to Armatrading’s original work via another newcomer. Rumer, a sister Brit and singer-songwriter whose talents are rooted in an obvious appreciation for the sound and style of the 1970s, has revisited one of Armatrading’s best known songs from the decade.
Recorded in the spirit of Valentine’s Day — tomorrow, so you’d best get on top of it if you’ve got someone special — Rumer glides easily into 1976′s “Love And Affection,” a #10 UK hit for Armatrading, who never did get much chart traction over on this side of the Atlantic.
Not only is it a lovely sentiment set to music, Rumer’s cover of “Love And Affection” is a perfect tune for a lazy Sunday, whether spent with the one you love, the newspaper, or both. Hear here: