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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy-Listening & Relaxation CD, November 10, 2013
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This review is from: Hands Clean (MP3 Music)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Rhian Benson does a complete one eighty on "Hands Clean", May 27, 2012
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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 It has been replaced by the electronic drones of Denmark based producers Jonas Rendbo and Daniel Fridell.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). She gets additional vocal help from her producer Jonas Rendbo on the inspirational "Be" and dabbles in electro funk with "You Always Know". While most of the album had a different sound, she hasn't totally abandoned her neo-soul roots. Look no further than the bossa nova influenced ballad "Rewind" as well as the piano driven "Afraid To Love Again". Rhian Benson's "Hands Clean" is a good but drastically different outing from the English soul singer. While she has been away from the music scene for a while, she returns with a listenable effort that shows her steeping out of her comfort zone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your ordinary CD, July 30, 2011
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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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