Woman - Rhye
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 91
    Woman works because it balances restraint and candor, presenting love in neither a chaste nor debauched light. Milosh, through his gossamer vocals, delivers a message of stunning clarity: despite the risk, love is beautiful.
  2. Mar 8, 2013
    90
    A focused, yet relaxed, song-writing atmosphere has resulted in something completely sophisticated yet entirely effortless, and genuinely warm.
  3. Mar 5, 2013
    88
    Rhye’s debut album, Woman, is a beautifully sequenced song cycle of soul music with the flame turned low. It’s sexy, but not overheated
  4. The duo retain a stripped down approach and it helps make each production choice and songwriting turn feel pondered and noteworthy, each track carving out its own identity and mood within a larger thematically consistent body.
  5. Mar 15, 2013
    85
    There's a refreshing sense of directness in the sound of the music, which, for all its abundant, unabashed prettiness and orchestral elegance, maintains a stripped-down, unaffectedly human scope. [No. 96, p.59]
  6. Mar 5, 2013
    85
    Rhye's music itself feels deeply intimate. Much of this comes from Hannibal and Milosh's deft arrangements--each of Woman's 10 songs makes its point with a bare minimum of moving parts.
  7. Mar 29, 2013
    80
    Even if this [air of refined sophistication] can occasionally make Women feel a little bloodless, you have to marvel at the exquisite execution. [May 2013, p.76]
  8. Mar 19, 2013
    80
    If a woman were singing the songs on Woman, it would make for a great neo-soul album. The fact that a man is performing them elevates the album, making it one of the most confident debuts in recent memory.
  9. Mar 7, 2013
    80
    These are songs to lose yourself in; a paradise of loveliness that suggests Hannibal and Milosh won't be remaining anonymous much longer.
  10. 80
    I’m moved by the fragility, the vulnerability, the honesty, the disruption of masculinity. It’s inspiring to hear a way to be gentle, empathetic, brittle, and still express a deeply human impulse.
  11. Mar 5, 2013
    80
    In the main, the purpose is bedroom listening, though the tone is so bright that daytime play seems most suitable. The lyrics are packed with metaphors, yet they are expressed in a heartrending and inviting manner.
  12. Mar 5, 2013
    80
    A blush to the cheeks means the music is working.
  13. Mar 5, 2013
    80
    The debut from the once-anonymous LA duo of Rhye--Danish electro-soul producer Robin Hannibal and Canadian vocalist-producer Mike Milosh--floats with ease on this wave [of R&B experiments].
  14. Mar 5, 2013
    80
    Mostly there are ballads--exquisitely poised, expertly arranged ones so dialed into their feminine inspirations that Milosh and Hannibal virtually merge with the objects of their affection.
  15. Mar 5, 2013
    80
    A distinct effort has been made to play up the sexiness of the project and, thankfully, the music lives up to that imagery.
  16. Mar 4, 2013
    80
    In Woman, they’ve bypassed the hurdle of dangerous, immaterial preconceptions by creating the ultimate debut album: a future classic brimming with effortless, tangible love songs.
  17. Mar 1, 2013
    80
    The album’s initial momentum is not quite there by the three quarter distance, but Woman is an album that more than merits time.
  18. Mar 1, 2013
    80
    It’s a beautifully crafted album that heralds the arrival of what’s sure to be one of the most subtly affecting voices in pop.
  19. 75
    For a debut, the album has a spacious sound, and that can also be accounted for by Milosh and Hannibal’s music history which predates Rhye by nearly a decade.
  20. Mar 14, 2013
    70
    The result is like a drag show on the S.S. Yacht Rock, but an exceptionally refined one.
  21. Mar 13, 2013
    70
    The songs are light around the edges, clear but never sharp.
  22. Mar 13, 2013
    67
    Woman might make you uncomfortable, overpowered by its honesty, but it's always truthful.
  23. Mar 22, 2013
    65
    Woman may struggle for consistency over the course of 35 minutes, but it's a bewitching enough listen to justify the buzz that follows its creators. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.94]
  24. Jul 15, 2013
    60
    While some songs are utterly slow paced, they are obscured by the strength of the aforementioned tracks as well as “The Fall” and “Last Dance.”
  25. Mar 12, 2013
    60
    It's all as plush and spotless as hotel bedding--lovely, but it may leave you craving a bit a mess. [Apr 2013, p.109]
  26. 50
    The monotone pace is lifted by the sprightly ‘3 Days’, but ultimately Woman is cloyingly pedestrian.
  27. Mar 12, 2013
    40
    It all comes across as fairly overwrought, working very hard to sound effortless and losing its sense of self in the process.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Mar 16, 2013
    8
    It´s amazing to see that reviewers are comparing Milosh´s voice a man) to Sade´s one without being amazed about it! The perfect example that shows that the concept of genders does not really exist nowadays. But, taking apart the similarities with Sade´s earlier works and her smooth ability to sing love as nobody did it until today, this project is a sort of what Sade could have done ultimately with a more organic and warm instrumentation. These guys are inspired by someone who certainly impacted them when they were teenagers, the only ex-model that really managed to have some credibility as a sensual and awesome singer. I don´t think that they´ve only reproduced what flipped them out. They are the owners of a special sound, sensual as the one that nobody managed to reach until now. Rhye exists, it´s for real and their concert for the boilery ballroom proves that they are not a counterfeit! Full Review »
  2. Mar 8, 2013
    10
    Soothing vocals, you can hardly believe it's a man singing. It's a very sensual and relaxing album, but there are also catchy choruses. Without a doubt one of the best we'll hear this year!!!! Full Review »
  3. Jul 26, 2013
    9
    From the first time I saw the cover for Woman, I told myself I'm listening to this album immediately. t didn't take me long to fully fall in love with this record. It's a quick, half an hour gem that holds some of the most beautiful, potent indie pop music I've heard in quite some time. The sounds are slightly minimal, but very smooth and jazzy, while the vocals are incredibly stunning. Every tracks holds it's own ans as a full album sounds very cohesive and structured perfectly.

    All In All, Rhye craft a fantastic debut record. It's refreshing and sometimes simple, yet utterly captivating. A-
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