2013 Albums of the Year #7: Rhye – Woman

17 Dec

Rhye - Woman

The creators of our seventh favourite album of the year were also responsible for one of our most enduring memories of the year. Rhye’s performance, mostly of tracks from the sublime Woman, in a candlelit St. Giles in the Fields Church was just gorgeous, the setting perfect for the late night feel of the album.

Singles “Open” and “The Fall” offer a warm and familiar beginning but there is no need to be eased in gently. Across its ten tracks, Woman caresses and soothes our mind with its smooth R’n’B flavours and sensual orchestral arrangements. Subtle electronic grooves, such as those found on “Last Dance” melt alongside the late night sexiness of tracks like “3 Days”.

In fact “3 Days” is more like one romantic evening in musical form; the cascading harp strings is your lights down low, drinks and meal moments, before the beat gradually and delicately sexes it up for some smoochy dancing and, well you know the rest.

Woman is beautiful but in an understated fashion. It is unquestionably sexy but not overtly so or brash. Mike Milosh’s silky androgynous vocals are equal parts haunting and beautiful. He sings with a breathy melancholy (“One Of Those Summer Days”) and a swoonsome sensuality. The songs are rich and smooth like a vintage red wine in the company of good friends. Robin Hannibal’s arrangements are deft, delicate and subtle, awash with a languid sophistication, offering glimpses into the intimacy of love, be it full and joyous or pained, private and profound.

It is an ode to love and one that will no doubt be sound-tracking a fair amount of it in the months to come as well.

Woman is out on Polydor and available digitally or on CD and Vinyl.

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2 Responses to “2013 Albums of the Year #7: Rhye – Woman”

  1. Peter Smith (@gpetersmith) December 17, 2013 at 19:57 #

    4 very good artists, to my shame 3 of them are new to me, but enjoyed all four a lot. Great choices. Looking forward to next 6, my chart is going to be rather more mainstream I’m afraid but I need to follow you more closely next year and get ahead of the curve! You’re doing a great job here by the way, sessions and everything.. hope to see you sometime ?

    • Adam H December 17, 2013 at 21:41 #

      Thanks for your kind words Peter, much appreciated. Not often I get called ahead of the curve 🙂

      And don’t worry, there will be some mainstream stuff coming very soon as well.

      I’m not often in London these days but certainly catching sometime would be good.

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