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The Best Albums of 2013 (So Far)

6. Rhye Woman

Label: Polydor

Like its tasteful album cover, Rhye’s Woman is intimate, elegant, and contextually anonymous. Although it was later revealed that duo consisted of Mike Milosh and Quadron’s Robin Hannibal, when they originally began promoting Rhye’s song they were released without any information.

However, early tracks like “The Fall” and “Open” drew comparisons to Sade, even if Sade’s voice is certainly much stronger. (Actually, “The Fall” reminds us more of Andrea True’s “More More More”). It's easy to mistake the voice for that of a woman but it is in fact a man, Milosh, who sings the entire album—hitting some very impressive high notes. "I think people identify singers that sing with that type of emotion and clarity with a woman," explained Hannibal to MTV. 

The songs are arranged so the vocals and the instrumentation become so intertwined that they're like a single entity, even when one element drops out and the other plays on its own. Like when you’re so close to your lover’s body you can hardly tell what part you’re kissing. You can play it all night, but the tunes are so inviting and warm, it sounds more like afternoon sex. —Insanul Ahmed

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