Overpowered

Overpowered

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by Róisín Murphy
     
 

Arty, cerebral, and sometimes downright kooky, Róisín Murphy zigs where other British pop singers zag. She's been one of pop's best-kept secrets since Moloko disbanded, edging her way toward a sound that isn't exactly mainstream but will give her the more widespread acclaim she deserves. For her first solo album, Ruby Blue, sheSee more details below

Overview

Arty, cerebral, and sometimes downright kooky, Róisín Murphy zigs where other British pop singers zag. She's been one of pop's best-kept secrets since Moloko disbanded, edging her way toward a sound that isn't exactly mainstream but will give her the more widespread acclaim she deserves. For her first solo album, Ruby Blue, she collaborated with producer Matthew Herbert, who streamlined her sound into something creative but not gratingly quirky; even though "Rama Lama" ended up on So You Think You Can Dance, of all places, Ruby Blue wasn't quite a smash success. This time, Murphy teamed with Bugz in the Attic's Seiji, Groove Armada's Andy Cato, All Seeing I's Parrott & Dean, and Jimmy Douglass -- all forward-thinking producers, but with more conventionally pop sounds than Herbert's approach. Of course, by the late 2000s, even the most mainstream singles had at least a few unique production flourishes, so while Overpowered is without a doubt Murphy's most straightforward music yet, she hasn't sacrificed much to make it that way. With its sleek beats, bubbling synths, and nagging chorus, "Overpowered" closely resembles a state-of-the-art pop single, but the way Murphy sings of science and oxytocin over a heart-fluttering harp is unmistakably her. The rest of Overpowered follows suit, giving familiar sounds clever twists that will please longtime Murphy fans and win new ones. The effortless "You Know Me Better," "Let Me Know," and "Checkin' on Me" are chilly yet soulful, touching on disco, house, and '80s pop; "Movie Star" is Murphy's spin on Goldfrapp's glossy glam pop (and the only time she seems in danger of being overpowered by someone else's sound on the album). Even though these songs are immaculately crafted, there's plenty of life -- and Murphy's personality -- in them. "Primitive"'s synths and strings flit around like mosquitoes in a swamp as she wails "I need to let you out of your cage," while "Dear Miami"'s deadpan delivery and spare beats make it possibly the frostiest song ever written about global warming. Overpowered often feels less intimate than Ruby Blue, but that's a minor quibble, especially when "Scarlet Ribbons" shows off Murphy's tender side and the outstandingly crisp, bouncy, and sassy "Footprints" and "Body Language" rank with her best songs. Aptly enough for such a pop-focused album, nearly every song on Overpowered sounds like a potential smash hit. Even if this album is a bid for the big time, it's done with such flair that it just underscores what a confident and unique artist Murphy really is.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2007
Label:
Emd Int'l
UPC:
5099951132521
catalogNumber:
511325
Rank:
37499

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Róisín Murphy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jimmy Douglass   Guitar
Mike Patto   Guitar,Keyboards
Ed Stevens   Keyboards
Matt Cappy   Trumpet
Robin Mullarkey   Bass
Ross Orton   Drums
Kevin Rudolf   Guitar
Carl Cox   Tenor Saxophone
Cheri London   Background Vocals
Stephen Tirpak   Trombone
Dave Okumu   Guitar

Technical Credits

Tammy Wynette   Author
Laurie Anderson   Author
Jimmy Douglass   Composer,Producer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Mike Patto   Composer
Ronald Reagan   Author
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Andy Cato   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Róisín Murphy   Producer,Author
Dan Carey   Producer,Engineer
Dean Honer   Composer,Engineer
Ivan Corraliza   Composer,Brass Arrangment
Paul Dolby   Composer
Cheri London   Composer
Stephen Tirpak   Brass Arrangment
Raoul Vaneigem   Author

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