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Roisin Murphy Overpowered Review

Album. Released 2007.  

BBC Review

Self-written disco genius from the ex-Moloko star...

Sonja D'Cruze 2007

Following 11 years with Moloko and the Ruby Blue arty solo album with electronica producer, Matthew Herbert, in 2005... Roisin finally returns to the dancefloor. Overpowered is a much more accesible album and the lady herself co-wrote and co-produced, delving back to the fray with her ice-cool vocals and dark, funky, lyrical hedonism.

From the sleezy pop opener, "Overpowered", you know you’re in for a treat. It’s a heady electronic anthem which tells the tale of getting consumed by the lust for an ex-lover, complete with a squelchy bassline and the minimalism of Casio kickdrums which are all secretly lifted by gentle harp and spacey synths. It’s an irresistible match of loved-up disco pop which has a crafty reworking of TIGA's "I Wear My Sunglasses At Night", immediately making it a new classic.

A swag bag full of soulful dance genius has been tapped on this album, with touches of Andy Cato’s (Groove Armada) tweaking present in the 80s sound-clapping, "You Know Me Better" and "Let Me Know". The beauty in these tracks is that no one’s too trigger happy on the production, thus leaving Roisin’s crystalline voice to reign unchallenged.

Jealous beau’s are tackled on "Checkin' On Me", where a heavy tribal-like Seiji rhythm dominates. Aside from the love/relationship/ fame game tunes, Roisin takes a punch at global warming in "Dear Miami": 'Dear Miami/ You’re the first to go/Disappearing under melting snow'. At the end of the journey, "Scarlet Ribbons" undresses you with it’s last dance/end of the night cool lament to the ties between parent and child when their baby grows up.

From start to finish Roisin fronts an inventive, unpredictable record. Overpowered spits glitter with every song and could go a long way to bringing back a disco chic revival.

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