Roisin Murphy
Overpowered
Label ©  EMI
Release Year  2007
Length  59:40
Genre  Indie Electronic
Personal Star Rating [1-5]  
  Ref#  R-0113
Bitrate  ~190 Kbps
  Other  
  Info  
    Track Listing:
      1.  
      Overpowered  
       5:08  
      2.  
      You Know Me Better  
       4:17  
      3.  
      Checkin On Me  
       4:39  
      4.  
      Let Me Know  
       5:09  
      5.  
      Movie Star  
       4:01  
      6.  
      Primitive  
       4:50  
      7.  
      Footprints  
       3:37  
      8.  
      Dear Miami  
       3:40  
      9.  
      Cry Baby  
       5:55  
      10.  
      Tell Everybody  
       3:51  
      11.  
      Scarlet Ribbon  
       5:35  
      12.  
      Body Language  
       4:37  
      13.  
      Parallel Lives  
       4:21  
    Additional info: | top
      Following a lukewarm response to her Matthew-Herbert produced leftfield solo debut Ruby Blue," ex-Moloko singer Roisin Murphy has opted to go properly pop. Bringing together the best bits of Madonna, Giorgio Moroder and The Eurythmics, and mixing them up with acid house basslines and elastic disco grooves, Overpowered is a bid at crossover dance music stardom if ever there was one. It's a persuasive gambit too. By teaming up with trendy beatmakers like Bugz in the Attic and Groove Armada, Murphy has ensured a pumping, clean and highly individual soundtrack, over which she scatters her equally idiosyncratic lyrics and endearing vocal delivery. The Goldfrapp-esque "Movie Star," the wickedly insouciant "Footprints," the searing "You Know Me Better" and the title track all bristle with authentic dancefloor energy. There are some excellent slower tracks too--not least the dubby finale - and though not every song reaches for the sky, there's a cosmic dimension at work that puts Murphy way ahead of most of her dance-pop competitors. --Paul Sullivan

      Tracklisting & Credits:
      1 Overpowered (5:08)
      Guitar - David Okumu
      Keyboards - Mike Patto
      Keyboards, Drums, Producer - Seiji
      Mixed By - Tom Elmhirst
      Written-By - Mike Patto , Paul Dolby
      2 You Know Me Better (4:18)
      Mixed By - Eric Kupper
      Producer [Additional] - Ill Factor
      Written-by, Producer, Performer [Instruments], Engineer - Andy Cato
      3 Checkin' On Me (4:39)
      Arranged By [Brass] - Ivan Corraliza , Stephen Tirpak
      Arranged By [Strings] - Larry Gold
      Bass - Stephan Murphy
      Engineer [Recording Engineer - Strings] - Joshua Maiden
      Mixed By - Tom Elmhirst
      Performer [Instruments] - Ill Factor
      Producer - Ill Factor , Jimmy Douglass
      Saxophone [Tenor] - Carl Cox (2)
      Trombone - Stephen Tirpak
      Trumpet - Matt Cappy
      Written-By - Cheri London , Ivan Corraliza , Jimmy Douglass
      4 Let Me Know (5:10)
      Guitar - Kevin Rudolf
      Mixed By - Dan Carey
      Producer [Additional] - Ill Factor
      Technician [Studio Assistant] - Alexis Smith
      Written-by, Producer, Performer [Instruments], Engineer [Recording] - Andy Cato
      5 Movie Star (4:02)
      Drums - Ross Orton
      Engineer [Recording] - Seiji
      Guitar - Mike Patto
      Mixed By - Tom Elmhirst
      Producer, Synthesizer, Programmed By - Dean , Parrot
      Recorded By [Additional Recording] - Dean
      Written-By - Mike Patto , Paul Dolby
      6 Primitive (4:50)
      Arranged By [Strings] - Larry Gold
      Engineer [Recording Engineer - Strings] - Joshua Maiden
      Mixed By - Tom Elmhirst
      Producer - Ill Factor , Jimmy Douglass
      Written-By - Ivan Corraliza
      7 Footprints (3:37)
      Guitar - David Okumu
      Keyboards - Mark de Clive-Lowe
      Mixed By - Jimmy Douglass
      Producer, Keyboards, Drums, Engineer [Recording] - Seiji
      Written-By - Marke de Clive-Lowe , Paul Dolby
      8 Dear Miami (3:41)
      Guitar - David Okumu , Mike Patto
      Mixed By - Jimmy Douglass , Tom Elmhirst
      Producer, Drums, Engineer [Recording] - Seiji
      Written-By - Mike Patto , Paul Dolby
      9 Cry Baby (5:55)
      Backing Vocals - Philly Smith
      Mastered By [Mastering Engineer] - Tom Coyne
      Mixed By - Tom Elmhirst
      Producer - Dean , Richard Barrett
      Producer [Additional] - Mike Ward
      Synthesizer, Programmed By - Dean , Parrot
      Written-By - Dean , Mike Ward , Richard Barrett
      10 Tell Everybody (3:51)
      Arranged By [Strings] - Larry Gold
      Backing Vocals - Cheri London
      Engineer [Recording] - Joshua Maiden
      Mixed By - Jimmy Douglass
      Performer [Instruments] - Ill Factor
      Producer - Ill Factor , Jimmy Douglass
      Written-By - Cheri London , Ivan Corraliza , Jimmy Douglass
      11 Scarlet Ribbons (5:36)
      Bass - Robin Mullarkey
      Drums - Davide De Rose
      Engineer [Assistant] - Alexis Smith
      Guitar - Jason Ozveran
      Keyboards - Ed Stevens
      Producer, Mixed By, Engineer [Recording] - Dan Carey
      Written-By - Dean , Mike Ward , Richard Barrett
      Bonus Tracks
      12 Body Language (4:40)
      Mixed By - Tom Elmhirst
      Written-by, Producer, Engineer, Performer [Instruments] - Andy Cato
      13 Parallel Lives (4:22)
      Mixed By - Tom Elmhirst
      Written-By, Producer, Keyboards - Richard X

      CokeMachineGlow Review:
      Despite more or less universal acclaim from all fans of intelligent Europop, Róisín Murphy’s Overpowered still hasn’t been officially released in the U.S. This only starts to make sense when one considers the static, assembly line nature of what passes for a commercial North American diva these days. Compared to the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, or even (groan) Fergie, Róisín Murphy is completely friggin bizarre, an alien beamed in from an alternate pop universe with zero chance of radio exposure.

      Firstly, she’s unafraid to look completely ridiculous, reveling in Jean-Paul Gaultier meets Alice in Wonderland-style costumes in her videos and in Overpowered’s liner notes. Then there’s the issue of her lyrics, which while not above the standard lovey-dovey fare, more often sound like GZA soundbytes minus the chess references or like Andrew Bird post-industry (e.g. “As science struggles on to try and explain / oxytoxins flowing ever into my brain”). Clearly she’s a touch bonkers, and her audience is richer for it.

      But she also has a brassy voice capable of belting it out in the service of hella catchy pop songs equally accessible to the dancefloor or (in a perfect world) the radio. Her cadre of producers includes such notables as Richard X, Andy Cato, and Ill Factor, all of whom pile on disco flourishes, beds of strings, synths, appropriate vocoder, and in the case of closer “Scarlet Ribbon,” convincing dub bass. The result is a textbook dance-pop manifesto, a multi-hued funhouse of sound where nearly every track is a potential single.
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