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Album Review

Conversations, the debut album by the London-based quartet Woman's Hour, is 42 well-crafted minutes of sophisticated modern pop that fits somewhere between the spare beauty of the xx and the glittering pop of Chvrches. The group concocts a smoothly atmospheric sound that's built around swooning synths, clipped rhythms, and muted guitars, with a pronounced new wave influence, but also adding some nocturnal R&B and silky soft disco for good measure. Vocalist Fiona Burgess is the star of the show; she possesses a rich and relaxed voice that entices listeners with its calm beauty. Bassist Nicolas Graves makes a strong showing too, providing melodic underpinning to the hazier tracks and a subtle groove to those with some bounce. William Burgess' guitar work is also excellent, adding a little sparkly jangle to some tracks and hypnotic patterns to others. The sound they get is familiar, yet it sounds fresh in their hands. The subtle variations in the arrangements from song to song help with that; so does the tenderness inherent in Burgess' vocals. Most importantly, the bandmembers write some very pretty songs that have some real emotional impact. Slow and sad songs like "Unbroken Sequence" and "Two Sides of You" feel like there were definitely some tears shed somewhere in the writing process, "Devotion" has a heart-stoppingly bruised core that bursts free during the instrumental breakdown, and on "To the End" Burgess strips her defenses away and delivers her most powerful vocal performance. The songs that up the tempo and energy a bit add some nice dynamics to the album, and are more suited to radio play. Best of the lot is the title track, which ambles along like a Sade single, only with less jazz and more chillwave. The synth poppiest track on the album, "The Day That Needs Defending," shows another direction the band could go in with its tribal drums and big chorus. Conversations ends up a fine debut from the band, tightly focused and carefully constructed but still filled with plenty of understated heart.

Customer Reviews

Kitty

I work with a band members mother and had heard their single, which I enjoyed, so thought I would get the album. As a lover of many types of music and being an ageing prog rocker I liked most tracks on this album. Some reminded me of the Cocteau twins, others of Sade, some from the 70/80's era, so a good all round eclectic mix, easy on the ears. Go and have a listen and get yourself a copy. These are an up and coming band and this was a good debut album.

Great Debut Effort

The Genius 'app' pointed me in the direction of this album.
The songs are atmospheric, catchy, and moody, which isn't a bad thing! The music is great, but I think on the whole the vocals are the the biggest attraction, they are first class and there are a lot of stand out moments within the vocals that personally gave me the old goose bump feeling! Every song is to a decent quality, Ffor me, liking bands such as the xx, alt-j, CHVRCHES, etc, this albums fits in great with my collection. Well done guys!

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Sounding like a Saint Etienne for a more subdued, post-xx world, London electropop group Woman's Hour formed in 2011. With siblings Fiona and Will Burgess as the founders, the duo recorded a series of demos named after BBC 4 radio programs. By the time they recruited members Josh Hunnisett and Nicolas Graves, the demo dubbed Woman's Hour graduated to the band's name, while the concept of delivering a complete package -- a unified aesthetic for their music, videos, record sleeves, gig posters, and...
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