14. Rhye - Woman
Release date: March 5 Highlights: "Open," "The Fall," "3 Days"
California-based soul-pop duo Rhye mysteriously appeared on the scene early last year with a pair of sentimental singles, "Open" and "The Fall," that would ultimately prove to be the lead off of their sensual debut album, Woman. Drawing comparisons to classic sophisti-pop act Sade, vocalist Robin Hannibal's airy voice is relaxation in an audible form. Combined with supporting production from Mike Milosh, the duo have crafted a smooth jazz meets quiet storm album that pairs perfectly with a fine bottle of wine and romantic night in. They manage to take all of the romance of these moments and channel them into clear, seductive tunes that appeal across the board.—Monster