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  • Audio CD (21 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B00JB0A3KW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Unbroken Sequence
2. Conversations
3. To the End
4. Darkest Place
5. In Stillness We Remain
6. Our Love Has No Rhythm
7. Her Ghost
8. Two Sides of You
9. Devotion
10. Reflections
11. Day That Needs Defending

Product Description

Woman's Hour are not your average band. The first clue comes in the name of the London-based swoon-pop four-piece, taken from a beloved female-focussed news and culture show on BBC Radio 4. The second is in their graphic, striking monochrome visuals, meticulously curated in collaboration with TATE and MOMA certified fine artists Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg. These play with shape and texture, much like their powerful, iridescent music. On their excellent debut album 'Conversations', this has the intricate construction and intimacy of The xx and the iridescent shimmer of summer-defining indie pop. Pay attention now, or regret it later.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.Cooper on 1 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
So here we go track by track for this Cumbrian outfit's debut.
'Unbroken Sequence' a chugging compelling synth rhythm as gentle vocals soothes the heart & is a fine start "would it be better for you".
'Conversations' continues majestically "but we won't share with anyone else"....really quite beautiful.
'To The End' a great vibe via Fiona's mellow fresh voice "take everything you know & go with me to the end" really pretty electronica chill sounds containing a delicate control & a lovely feel on what are seemingly quite simple ideas.
'Darkest Place' gentle electro percussion dominated & more brilliance "Wherever I look, you’re always there, I close my eyes and it seems the worst" & love the way that it stops & then strides on into the brilliant instrumental fadeout.
'In Stillness We Remain' fine delicate guitar riffing which fits into this swirling ethereal gentleness "take me I will follow".
'Love Has No Rhythm' the brilliant idea of marrying Sade with Daughter to a chill groove with lyrics & beats juxtaposed nicely to a gorgeous velvet vocal with an added falsetto = perfection.
'Her Ghost' supreme beauty "i've got nothing to say to her ghost hoping she'll fade away" via heart-warming vocals - a soundscape of soft electronic textures & a demonstration of power through restraint.
'Two Sides Of You' original guitar sounds & is achingly subtle & breathtakingly beautiful.
'Devotion' seems like a fast start then plunges into a gentle guitar dominated picking delight & is one of the strongest numbers here "when the day gets demanding & it feels like I'm drowning"...certainly in the land of the pretty & extraordinary.
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It's always good to hear a new band rummaging through the box labelled 'inspirations' and coming up with a surprising mixture of ideas and sounds. Woman's Hour (sorry guys, terrible name) dug deep into the 1980s corner of the box and have put together a lovely sound that is both luxuriant and sparse. Fiona Jane Burgess has an unusual voice, in that it eschews any Americanisms and is thus rather wonderful (there's a lovely dollop of Cumbrian-ness on 'Darkest Place' at 0.43). In fact at times the whole record put me in mind of Prefab Sprout at their glossiest but with the vital twist of Paddy MacAloon handing over the lead vocals to Wendy Smith - not quite typical lead vocalist material and therefore all the better for it. Human in a word.

The songs are strong, the lyrics kind of sixth-form charming and the blend of synths and subtle guitar arpeggios and tremolo (think Interpol's guitars under a snuggly duvet) works well and pushes the band way beyond the lazy The XX comparisons, Woman's Hour are far warmer and more giving than that (the rather austere artwork doesn't help - should have had a picture of the band down the pub).

A fantastic debut, I wish all bands were this open and giving.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
"Swoon-Pop"? Such a sweet notion. Woman's Hour debut is a credit
to Fiona Burgess and her brother Will's gentle vision. I didn't quite
swoon listening to it but there were moments when I did feel a bit
warm and fluffy in a good way. 'Conversations' is the musical equivalent
to getting a big hug from a close friend you haven't seen for a while.

There are eleven songs in the set. Mellow; well-constructed; tuneful
and blessed with some memorable choruses and strong vocal harmonies.
The ensemble's sound owes perhaps more to the the spirit of Sade and
Swing Out Sister (remember them?) as it does to more contemporary
outfits such as The xx with whom they appear to be being compared.
This has much to do with the smooth, laconic quality of Ms Burgess's
captivating voice. It is a very affecting instrument and her calm,
effortless performances are the true heart and soul of the work.

Highlights would have to include opening track 'Unbroken Silence', a
pretty song which unfolds slowly against a backdrop of gently chugging
synth and a crisp foursquare beat; 'In Stillness We Remain', which
shimmers like the sun caressing the waves on an ocean horizon and
the simply beautiful 'Out Love Has No Rhythm' whose haunting melody
lingers in our memory long after the final bars have faded like a dream.

A fine first foray into The Listening World. Woman's Hour may well be built to last.

Highly Recommended.
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By Jeffrey Wignall on 23 Sept. 2014
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Excellent album, improves with each listen.
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By Maureen on 11 Jan. 2015
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Great Item. Great Service
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