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Rhye - 'Woman'

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on 04 March 2013 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Polydor
Rating 8/10

Rhye aren’t the first band or artist to retain total anonymity for longer than one would think possible in this highly intrusive 21st century we find ourselves in, (Mercury nominated Burial had us baffled for years). However now that all the cloak and dagger shenanigans are out the way and we know the identity of the duo, Los Angeles based pair Robin Hannibal and Mike Milosh, the music and in particular their debut LP Woman can become the focus. Previous releases Open and The Fall kick things off strongly; both as sexy and smooth as they sounded last year. Vocalist Milosh’s voice is especially stunning on The Fall, it’s about as sultry and seductive as pop music gets. Elsewhere the duo manage to demonstrate they are just as astute at something with a funkier edge, standout 3 Days begins with a subtle harp performance before being transformed by incredibly addictive synths. Woman is a deeply affecting piece of work that explicitly details both the ecstasy and agony that inevitably accompany the record’s recurrent themes; those of love and sex. These beautifully dissected and potent lyrical themes combined with the timeless and soulful production result in perfectly structured, deep, emotional and entirely relevant pop record.

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