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  • Summary: This is the second full-length release for the electronic/alt-R&B project of Mike Milosh.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Feb 2, 2018
    91
    It’s more minimal than The xx, more romantic than the most heartsick R&B, with drums pulled straight from ’70s studio sessions. In other words, it’s a lot of things, while still sounding like nothing else out there.
  2. 83
    So what has five years changed? Not much, in the best possible way. More smooth soul commentaries on sensuality and longing, more time shaped melodies and movements. The differences between their Woman and Blood are the subtle groove changes.
  3. 75
    The themes tackled on BLOOD have been tackled a million times, so the album is much more reliant on how it tells the story than what the story is. Luckily, how it tells the story more than makes up for the story itself. Milosh’s vocals are as beautiful as ever, and the lush tones that paint the album wash over you like a silk bedsheet.
  4. Mar 26, 2018
    60
    It also formalizes some of the sensual spontaneity of Woman, as he puts forth a lavish, spotless output that also suffers from some seriously tasteless lyrical choices. On Blood, Rhye's fixation with style does get the best of him.
  5. Feb 15, 2018
    60
    His gentle pleadings and luring lines evoke lightheadedness, and at times lack enunciation, like he was just wheeled out of oral surgery and had his water laced with an aphrodisiac.
  6. Feb 12, 2018
    40
    Maintaining Rhye’s style while enlivening it with non-synthesized instruments is the only real statement the album chooses to deliver--Blood is too gentle to telegraph much of anything concrete. Milosh’s lyrics are vague mattresses of assonance on which he lays down impressions of emotion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 28, 2018
    9
    Was a little underwhelmed the first few times through, given how much I loved Woman. But Blood is great in its own right and gets better withWas a little underwhelmed the first few times through, given how much I loved Woman. But Blood is great in its own right and gets better with every listen. Truly lovely stuff, here...and I can't help but wonder how much praise critics would've given it but for its predecessor. Expand
  2. Feb 3, 2018
    8
    Really loved Woman and have been waiting for this album for a while now. Have to say I miss Robin Hannibals touch he added a little more funkReally loved Woman and have been waiting for this album for a while now. Have to say I miss Robin Hannibals touch he added a little more funk and horns still gotta love his voice and his mix of strings is superb. Expand
  3. Feb 16, 2018
    6
    The albums tonal pallet may be rich but the songs themselves lack any direction. It is very easy to allow this album to fade into theThe albums tonal pallet may be rich but the songs themselves lack any direction. It is very easy to allow this album to fade into the background, there's nothing that's really exciting about it. While the singing and the songwriting might be there, the record lacks any real passion or structure to it. This is not the album you want to get down and dirty with instead it is the kind of thing that you fall asleep to. This album hits a lot. Unfortunately it misses far too often. Expand