Woman - Rhye
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  • Summary: The debut release by the pop duo of Robin Hannibal and Mike Milosh was recorded in Copenhagen and Los Angeles.
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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. Mar 14, 2013
    70
    The result is like a drag show on the S.S. Yacht Rock, but an exceptionally refined one.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Mar 25, 2013
    10
    Hip hip hip! Soulful and melodic, Rhye has done it. Probably the best R&B/Indie album yet. And a man's voice, comparing to Sade, wow! I love this guy's music. Buy it now! Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2013
    10
    Once and a while a new artist comes along that seems to have the soul of another established artist within him or her. Karen O. from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has some Siouxsie in her; The Weeknd has some Michael Jackson in him; and now, we can see that Mike Milosh clearly has some Sade in him. Regardless of the comparison, this is an unbelievable debut album from thie LA-based duo. It's surprisingly mature and well-thought for a debut. Woman is a nice break from all the other newer generation music that's launching and an excellent addition to the LA sound. I wouldn't be surprised if Rhye soon becomes known as US-Sade. Expand
  3. 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!!!! Expand
  4. Mar 22, 2013
    9
    A beautiful, elegant album. The attention given to Milosh's voice is well deserved; I sought confirmation from several sources upon hearing a man was performing. Expand
  5. 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! Expand
  6. May 15, 2013
    8
    The amazing opener and follow up to this album "Open" and "The Fall" are two of the best songs released so far this year. While the rest of the album pales in comparison to those two bar-setters, the beautiful, androgynous chill of the lead singer carries the songs, as the instrumentation can feel cluttered from intrusive beats and unnecessary sonic touches. Yet when the finished music is this beautiful, it's hard to complain with the results. Collapse
  7. Mar 7, 2013
    3
    White boy does an amazing impression of Sade. However, every single Sade album is beautiful, whereas the longer you listen to Woman the more you want to turn off the copy and listen to the original. SO DO YOURSELF A FAVOR: listen to some Sade and make a baby tonight. Expand

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