That voice has drawn a number of comparisons to Sade , and the music behind it only underlines those similarities. And although Milosh is an outspoken critic of what he considers a trend of crass sexualization in pop music, the album still embraces the physical aspects of the romantic experience it intends to glorify.
Its sensual aspects may share the same sense of self-control it's sexy without being overtly sexual, erotic but not lascivious. As well-mannered as its carnal side may be, Woman is bound to become fodder for a tasteful boudoir soundtrack, something to be slotted next to the xx , another band Rhye's been frequently compared to. The satin-sheets sensuality and Milosh's vocals are impressive enough that they could save an otherwise unremarkable album, but the pair are also gifted songwriters who seem even stronger as a pair than as they did separately.
Woman has only one bad song on it, though it should be noted that it's seriously bad: "One of Those Summer Days" is boring and hook-free, and it not only dives face-first into the kind of sickly cloying sentimentality that they studiously avoid on the rest of the songs, but does so to the accompaniment of a drippy smooth-jazz alto sax solo.
But a good number of the remaining songs come breathtakingly close to their own kind of perfection, at least close enough that it's hard to imagine how anyone could improve them. And I'd be surprised if Justin Timberlake and the members of Phoenix aren't holding their new singles up to the lithe, clean-lined modern disco sound of "The Fall" and frowning at the results.
Music about happy, successful relationships is always a tougher sell than music about romance gone bad, for the same reason that tragedies are more compelling than stories where everything works out fine for everyone. Bad fortune is naturally fascinating and contentment isn't, and unless you're in a happy, successful relationship you don't want to hear about someone else's. But Woman somehow gets to break those rules, in large part because the music itself is so easy to fall in love with.
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