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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B004L5RBT8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The long awaited sophomore album by British-Ghanaian singer and songwriter Rhian Benson is finally here. With the help of Denmark's finest rising new star production duo, Jonas Rendbo and Daniel Fridell, Rhian Benson has begun preparing for the release of her much anticipated sophomore album - 'Hands Clean'. The album redefines modern soul as the MOBO Award winner drapes her voice across a soulful collection of starkly pulsating electronic grooves. These confessional tales of love, loss and life represent a bold, new direction for this unique artist as she journeys beyond the 'Gold Coast'. Born in Accra, and raised in Wales, Ghana and India and the UK where she is now settled, Rhian grew up in a very musical environment. Her Welsh mother was an accomplished singer, and her father, an Ashanti naval officer, is a gifted guitarist. Rhian started playing piano at the age of nine and picked up guitar soon after and before long, a budding singer songwriter. The gifted songstress, musician and writer co-produced her debut album with Grammy Award-winning producers Bob Power (Chaka Khan, A Tribe Called Quest) and James Poyser (Lauryn Hill, D'Angelo). The album's sound was a striking collection of moving songs, passionate melodies and rich production. All fused together underneath Rhian's velvety and captivating voice which drew comparisons to many classic soul greats including Sade and Phyllis Hyman. In 2004, Gold Coast was released to phenomenal international support and great critical acclaim. Rhian's self-penned debut single 'Say How I Feel' was a Top 10 R&B hit in the US and Top 30 in the UK national charts. The video for the single featuring the model Tyson Beckford and an iconic looking Rhian instantly became MTV Base's #1 Most Played video. It is clear from the first note, that there are only bigger things ahead for the exceptional Ms Benson.

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Rhian Benson is a great artist! Her music is wonderful to listen to when you want to relax with that special someone or just by yourself.
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Ghanian born-British bred singer Rhian Benson didn't initially set out to be a singer. While she did learn to play the piano and guitar, she actually went to college in London, England and gotten a degree in economics. She continuted her education further by enrolling at Harvard and later going to work as an investment banker. When she arrived back in England, she started performing in small clubs. Eventually she was signed by DKG Music- a Warner Bros. distributed label based in Los Angeles, California. It was there she recorded her 2003 debut album "Gold Coast", which she produced with The Roots' sideman James Poyser, China Danforth and former A Tribe Called Quest engineer Bob Power. She release two well-received singles- "Say How I Feel" as well as the follow-up "Stealing My Peace Of Mind". While she got considerable attention and a MOBO Music award, that wasn't enough to keep her in the spotlight. Her label folded and she was unheard from for several years until she signed with Icarus Music in 2010, to release her long awaited follow-up "Hands Clean" in February the following year.

On this new album, she undergoes a dramatic change- both in image as well as sound. Gone is the neo-soul style that people are accustome to hearing from her. It has been replaced by the electronic drones of Denmark based producers Jonas Rendbo and Daniel Fridell. Her sophomore album has more in common with Everything But The Girl than it does Jill Scott. She starts off the album with the lovelorn song "This Feels Like Home". She dabbles in reggae inspired numbers, such as the kiss-off first single "Better Without You" as well as "Wide Open Spaces" (which should not be confused with the Dixie Chicks song of the same name).
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I love that she has kept her own style and not jumped on the Gaga-style bandwagon. Highly under-rated young lady and I look forward to hearing more from her.
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