Róisín Murphy - More Erasure Than Kylie


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

Digg It
Commenti accettati
last.fm Group Ring, Electronica, Good Listener, Contemporary Music, Stumbleupon Users, Mind.In.A.Box, We Like Playlists With Special Meaning, When Everyones Special No One Is, Addicted to Last.fm, Lighthearted music, Pixies Palace, I love red colour, those who just can't get enough of music, Old skool Dance music, We Love Weird Voices!, My Gang, Shiny Happy People Who Love Amazing Music and Love Sunshine <3, We Have Footwear in Our Avatars, Non-Elitist, Erotic Lounge, twilight music, We use tags that have never been used before, Advice Givers!, People who are online a questionable amount, and may or may not be addicted to the…, People who like a new band or a new genre every week, The Group Devoted To All Things Music Learning, European Electronic Trainspotters Propaganda Lounge, Alison Goldfrapp, a place to be reasonable, destroying bedtime one hour at a time, People who believe that they can beat a MILLION plays before life beats them, People who believe in magic rainbows because theyre optimists, Guilty Pleasures, babble, Writers of Last, Emotional Electronic, Signs of the Zodiac - Scorpio, People who can't stop listening to music, Music For Pleasure, Lyric appreciation society, A Badge of Friendship, Over 40, Strange sounds, Yes Im Awesome, Pixies Palace Park, voices have colors, Multiple Music Sites, Extensive Musical Taste, For those who don't sleep enough due to staying up late at night for no apparent…, United groups network, i'd die without music, High Fidelity, Does Music Influence Your Lifestyle?, Music Reviews and Reviewers, Good Taste Only, Protest against the rising tide of conformity, Puddlegum, Insomniacs Against Bedtime, StumbleUpon, Genre Breakers, StumbleUpon Last.fm, Wicked Lounge Soundz, I don't care what you think about my music taste., What are you grateful for?, We depend on our aggregators, friends with completely different taste of music, Charming Hostess, Not Typical Music Recommendation, No Ordinary Music, newBlip, Genius Loci, Music Nerds, NO boundaries Music, Music is ART, the best house, Plotters, completely perfect taste in music, What's the matter... too DEEP for you?, Subscribers and their tag radio stations, People who not only have a really eclectic taste in music, but also don't like to…, We Want Freedom, Over 30 and Not To Be Trusted, Audioscrobbler Addicts, Non-Elitist Electro and Gothic Music Fans, Social Music Sites, This is not a Group, The Last.fm Diversity Revolution, Off Topic Bonanza, Law of Attraction, Real Journal Entries, Music 2.0, i just want to dance!, brothers! sisters! small boats of fire are falling from the sky., Very Cunning Music for not so Cunning People, Music for the head, I Still Buy CDs, TV-free, the most wanted, Dance, Debonair esprit, Children of the 70's who still listen to lots of music., Gorgeous, Electronic Music, the eclectic chair, Stop the Alphabet Journals!, One Group Fits All!, Music you want added to last.fm, Tea Drinkers, i'm not anti-social, i just enjoy my music.


  • 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
Visualizza tutti (7 commenti)
Aggiungi un commento. Accedi a Last.fm o registrati (è gratuito).