Woman

Rhye - Woman
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2013 Ratings: #167 / 960
Year End Rank: #48
User Score
Based on 306 ratings
2013 Ratings: #55
March 5, 2013 / Release Date
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Loma Vista / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

In ten songs, the spectrum of emotions triggered by love, ranging from infinite highs to crushing lows, is explored with a sense of discretion that is often absent in today’s music.

90
No Ripcord

What’s particularly striking about its ten romantic sketches is how ‘mature’ they are. And mature in the traditional sense of the term, rather than as a euphemism for the cheap and tawdry.

86
Beats Per Minute

With each continued listen, the album’s peaks and valleys–both emotional and sonic–become sharper and more defined, and the feeling behind Milosh’s voice, even more internalized and heartrending

85
Pitchfork

Even without a face to attach it to, Rhye's music itself feels deeply intimate.

85
The 405

Woman might not contain the strongest or catchiest pop you'll hear this year, but it is certainly amongst the most affecting, touching and honest.

80
musicOMH

Rhye’s soulful take on minimalist pop, with its graceful piano, combined with sweeping cellos and yearning lyrics, makes pressing the repeat button inevitable.

80
DIY

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.

80
Consequence of Sound

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.

80
Spin

Not only does this come across as a feminist statement, but it also plays like a declaration of Sapphic love: an unlikely achievement from two dudes expressing hetero desire.

70
PopMatters

Though Rhye’s music is intimate and vulnerable, Milosh seems in control – perhaps he’s one of those smooth operators Sade sang about. 

50
NME

Woman’ by Canadian/Danish duo Rhye has all the hallmarks of a hipster essential (black’n’white artwork, R&B influences) but the majority of it could just as easily appeal to those who buy Downton Abbey box-sets.

40
FACT Magazine

It all comes across as fairly overwrought, working very hard to sound effortless and losing its sense of self in the process.

papadave
89
Mike Milosh has one of the most beautiful voices I've heard in my entire life, and Robin Hannibal's simplistic but elegant production pairs perfectly with what Milosh has to offer. This is an amazing debut project.

Favorite Tracks:
Open
Last Dance
3 Days
TheRootBoy
85
Rhye's Woman is an album I was curious by not just it's album art, but by the mystery behind the woman in the picture. The mood present in the shot is evocative and illustrious. I wanted to dive into this record as soon as it caught my eye. My, I was not disappointed either. Like you're in a lounge room filled with harmonies and luxury in the backroom. This is going to be some of the best pop, soul I'll hear out of 2013. No doubt.
MattMatt
90
I was beginning to miss Rhye’s downtempo lounge revival so I’m very thankful I was able to start the year with it! If you haven’t heard Woman by now you are doing yourself an incredible disservice and I recommend you do so right away. For their follow-up, Rhye are cooler than ever. Grooves are created with added notes of horns and woodwinds to create an iridescently smooth soul sound that is distinctly their own.
u4ya
90
It made my 2013 perfect!
Sappy
85
Top Favorite: Last Dance
Other Favorites: Open, Shed Some Blood, The Fall
Least Favorite: Hunger
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Track List

  1. Open
  2. The Fall
  3. Last Dance
  4. Verse
  5. Shed Some Blood
  6. 3 Days
  7. One Of Those Summer Days
  8. Major Minor Love
  9. Hunger
  10. Woman
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