Róisín Murphy - More Erasure Than Kylie

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Nov 2 2007, 2:52



Got hold of Róisín Murphy's new album today, Overpowered. I've read the interviews where she hasn't been best pleased to be compared to Kylie. The general consensus being Overpowered is the album Kylie should have done. Well I think everyone's wrong.

I put it to you, my learned friends, that Róisín Murphy has much more in common with Erasure, particularly their 80s album, Wild!.



Listening to Overpowered first time through, I was very much reminded of the late 80s, then Movie Star came on and I was overwhelmed with an urge to dig out my Wild! album.

So I did.

Back to back, I swear on oath, they have a lot in common. Tight little beats, , intelligent lyrics with polysyllabic words not in common use, Overpowered is gay in a way that's gone out of fashion.

And that's what makes it so cool.

Róisín Murphy herself has built an image we haven't seen in London since the late 80s with the likes of Leigh Bowery, and in New York in the 80s and 90s with people like Susanne Bartsch. It's not that she dresses up, it's that she deliberately sets out to create a narrative. In all the opinion pieces I've read, no one has picked up on this.

Leigh Bowery

Susanne Bartsch


Róisín Murphy

I don't think it's correct to compare her with Alison Goldfrapp. Alison Goldfrapp was an arts student, her look is about style, form, the silhouette, line. She doesn't set out to tell a story with her image, rather her aim is to create a visual whole, something beautiful.

Alison Goldfrapp

I can see why people might compare them musically, but I say the connection is tenuous. Production and sound for dance music is subject to trends and fashions, so what we have today is peculiar to the mid-00s and distinctive for this time. Therefore, the only similarities that I can see, to be fair, are that they are both making music 2007 style.

The exhibits are before you. You must judge for yourselves. For my closing comments, I would like you to consider this: Róisín Murphy is ahead of her time, a fierce girl misunderstood by her peers, harking back to a time that's borderline passé whilst forging new ground for her copycats and clones.

I rest my case.

Babs, My Gang


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  • MrZebra

    Totally agree!

    Nov 3 2007, 12:29
  • jeej

    I just couldn't get into this album. The opening track was good, but was all a bit 'samey'.

    Nov 4 2007, 8:32
  • Babs_05

    Thanks for your comments, MrZebra and jeej. jeej, I didn't think it was 'samey'. I mean, it's not like the first Strokes album - 'heard one, heard 'em all' - [*ducks and hides from RiotRadio*]. ; )

    Nov 4 2007, 14:10
  • albue

    omg. this is so right. not having heard the erasure album i can't tell how alike they are, but there is definitely something more going on here than just 'pop'. the narrative. the visuals. well, call me seduced.

    Nov 7 2007, 11:21
  • Babs_05

    Thanks, albue! You know what's funny? I just listened to the new Britney album yesterday, and I swear, I can hear Erasure there too! I know electronica has been the biggest news this year but I'm surprised it has influenced pop so much. I'm not sure as I don't listen to that much pop, but do you think R'n'B as an influence is on its way out? Just wondering...

    Nov 7 2007, 17:00
  • Babs_05

    Thanks for your post, tomstar7. I love that Tambourine song! I saw the video when it came out and loved it. I really like Eve, though I do see her as more influenced by Missy Elliot than Timberlake, but as I say, I'm not that well-informed re pop. I gave up when it became all about vocal acrobatics, which I hate. Tambourine. (what a great excuse to post this video!) [youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=SJ1Y0U8hNYo[/youtube]

    Nov 7 2007, 18:07
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