Woman (LP)


Rhye

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Amoeba Review

03/04/2013

Effortlessly sexy, nuanced soul pop comes to us from L.A.’s Rhye. The duo of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal have a knack for including perfect detail, in the way “Open” creates its serenity with only a handful of elements: a simple beat, with just a bass drum and finger-snapping snare; a three-chord arrangement of organ layered with Asiatic synth lines; lush, soulful strings; and Milosh’s feminized vocals. Single “The Fall” is the definition of seductive, with Milosh’s entreats so plain-faced and naked (“Make love to me … don’t run away”), they’d be embarrassing were they not delivered as breathily as possible — they sound alluring rather than desperate — while musically the song is somewhere between the reclaimed French pop of Stereolab and beat-driven ’90s R&B. Milosh sings more expressively on “Last Dance,” a synth-funk love song that wisely balances its more synthetic sounds with organic touches like grimy funk guitars and a lack of heavy effects on Milosh’s voice. Milosh’s male Sade vocals may be a tough pill to swallow for some listeners at first, but he’ll pretty much melt you down over time, and Rhye are smart enough to not overdo it, offering synth-pop tracks (“3 Days,” “Hunger”) to break it up, though “Shed Some Blood” is pure Quiet Storm. My advice: let go of your reservations and let Woman seduce you.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Open
Rhye 03:37
2.
The Fall
Rhye 03:43
3.
Last Dance
Rhye 03:26
4.
Verse
Rhye 02:51
5.
Shed Some Blood
Rhye 03:20


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
3 Days
Rhye 04:15
2.
One Of Those Summer Days
Rhye 04:32
3.
Major Minor Love
Rhye 03:55
4.
Hunger
Rhye 03:30
5.
Woman
Rhye 02:39

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