Thursday, March 07, 2013

Cool Aid: Rhye

For the last year or so I've been listening to a lot of softer, more sedate music. This change in my tastes might have evolved out of my thinking about Kelis's last album, Flesh Tone, and Hot Chip's One Life Stand. These two albums are ostensibly pop records, but the love that they address is far removed from the booty-shaking in love-with-a-stripper stuff you hear on the radio (which I also enjoy). The sounds are pure pop, but the themes are adult. Is this why they aren't more popular? And does this mean I'm getting old?

Of course those albums are very upbeat, Rhye has much more of a soft-rock vibe.

I would describe Rhye as a warmer sounding Sade. Think Sade + Sebastian Tellier's La Ritournelle.

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