"Show Me" by Rheo UnoReview
Considerably less than a month ago, I was strongly suggesting to you that you should check out the new Rheo Uno single "Wife Me?" yet already the release of its successor, "Show Me" is nigh: it comes out on Tuesday 24th. (If you haven't yet listened to it, then please get your skates on as I think it's great).
This is without a shadow of a doubt an artist eager to make up for lost time and a musician desperate to share the fruits of her recent recording sessions: her first under her augmented name and so this is the second single of the new manifestation.
If "Wife Me?" presented a stepping stone from one era to another (it was a slightly older song in terms of composition, albeit with an arrangement and production to lead us gently into her latest sound), then "Show Me" is 100% what Rheo Uno is all about today. It's as fresh as it gets.
As I said in relation to "Wife Me?", this 2021 Rheo Uno is a move into what she describes as "commercial pop", though as I also said, and say again, about the new single, she has not deserted her dance orientated approach entirely: I'd say it might be better to call her new direction, instead of being a change, more of being an evolution or augmentation. Rheo Uno as Rheo Plus perhaps. The danceability is totally intact, but the beat is very different to that of "Wife Me?". If the former fizzed with its effervescence, then "Show Me" is a more reflective and considered: a stately and dignified response which offers a mature and high moral ground seeking way of dealing with a situation which nevertheless reveals a deeper anguish throughout what is a surprisingly short track: I'm not used to songs coming in under three minutes let alone ones of this nature. Certainly Rheo is to be commended for keeping it succinct & to the point, but if she was at all interested in a dance mix of longer duration, I really think it would work well too.
The nature of the lyric drives the icy production and as such helps emphasise what she's singing about. This is not the breezy sass of the previous release but a very different emotion presented just as effectively. I'm not remotely surprised by her confidence in her own material and where it is taking her: in just two singles she has demonstrated not just the ability to keep the quality levels sky high but also that she has range.
Rheo brings a lot of things to the party: she clearly has innate talent when it comes to composing and performing, but I admire how she isn't complacent with these: she works hard to hone her tracks and perfect her craft and also gives thought to moving her career forwards & not treading musical water. For these things alone I think she deserves your attention, but "Show Me" is a superior piece of pop which as far as I can judge ticks all the boxes necessary for success except for that one over which she has no control: luck. Let's hope that final piece of the jigsaw is given her once people here this song.
If you would like to ensure getting hold of a copy of "Show Me" at your earliest opportunity, it is available to presave via this link:
The photography and retouching is by Deborah Selwood
Artwork by Chaos Stylist