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Overpowered Import

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2007 sophomore album from R¢is¡n Murphy, former lead vocalist for Moloko. A heady mix of electronic dance anthems, soul-stirring Pop songs, deep, dark Funk and quirky lyrical genius, Overpowered is a thrilling and contemporary marriage of edgy Pop and irresistible Disco. R¢is¡n co-wrote and co-produced the entire album, bringing her own vision and focus to these songs whilst working with a variety of producers, writers and mixers to create what is without doubt her finest record; unpredictable, creative, inventive, exciting and hugely accessible. Working with the likes of Seiji, Andy Cato (Groove Armada), Jimmy Douglass, Ill Factor, and Parrot & Dean of All Seeing I / I Monster, R¢is¡n has brought her love of the dance floor right to the very heart of the album. This is one of the albums of the year - a breathtaking modern classic. Features the singles 'Let Me Know' and 'Overpowered'. EMI.

Following a lukewarm response to her Matthew-Herbert produced left-field solo debut Ruby Blue, ex-Moloko singer Róisín 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 dance-floor 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

1. Overpowered
2. You Know Me Better
3. Checkin' on Me
4. Let Me Know
5. Movie Star
6. Primitive
7. Footprints
8. Dear Miami
9. Cry Baby
10. Tell Everybody
11. Scarlet Ribbons
12. Body Language [*]
13. Parallel Lives [*]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 23, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B000UN1CWM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Myo on November 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Comparing Overpowered to Roisin's solo début, Ruby Blue, is a bit like comparing Moloko's polished, masterful Statues to the quirkier, more hit-and-miss Things To Make And Do - they are different projects and will appeal to different listeners in different ways.
I don't think this is her two fingers to those who ignored Ruby Blue (how many copies of Statues were sold, after all?), but just the direction she wanted to go in, this time. Interesting that in interviews Roisin describes how Overpowered was "made in a pop way", rather than a "pop album," because they are mostly not pop songs, lyrically anyway. When they are, as on Let Me Know, they score the kind of direct hit they might have done had Curtis Mantronik worked with Moloko.
In fact, at time of writing, it's hard to fathom why this album isn't burning up the charts yet, considering the strength of the two singles that have already come off it. Other, lyrically diverting songs such as Primitive and Dear Miami really benefit from the slick "pop" treatment, but the one to really propel Overpowered into people's brains could be You Know Me Better - with it's tough, staccato vocal and conventional, insistent chorus concealing a quite complex emotional position. Some good mixes could really help here - although it's pretty much club-ready as it is. If only the clubs could still "break" an artist through. Oh well.
On repeated listening, some of the other songs stand out too. Scarlet Ribbons, an observation on paternal love set in a lovers' rock arrangement, and the album's closer, Parallel Lives, sound more essential with each play.
For those interested in such details, the whole CD is also expertly engineered to bring the very best out of the vocal.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roland A. Velasquez on October 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I guess it's a bit unfair to compare this one to her first solo album, RUBY BLUE. They are completely different in sound and feeling. RUBY BLUE was very experimental. OVERPOWERED is straight up dance/pop with a very late 80's dance feel to it. Both are seasoned with the familiar Moloko sound, which was Roisin's band before she went solo.
I love every track on OVERPOWERED. If you like Goldfrapp, you'll also like Moloko/Roisin Murphy. You should also purchase THINGS TO MAKE AND DO and STATUES by Moloko.

My favorites tracks are:
You Know Me Better
Let Me Know
Movie Star
Primitive (one of the best)
Tell Everybody
Scarlet Ribbon
I highly recommend Roisin Murphy albums to everyone! I'm not sure when this one will be released in the States, but I suggest getting it now. You won't regret it.
I also suggest that you find the B-Sides and unreleased tracks from this CD. Some of these are even better than some of what's been released on OVERPOWERED.
Pandora (love this one!)
Modern Timing
Off and On
Parallel Lives
Find these songs if you can!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Capriles on February 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled upon Roisin Muphy almost by mistake, having seen the "Overpowered video". I was immediately sold on her seductive voice, oh what a character it has.

The collection of songs in Overpowered represent in my opinion, among the greatest songs i've heard in the last decade. It's simply pop perfection, retro by design yet progressive and timeless. If there's anyone who's doing dance music right, it's Roisin. Her vocal talent over every lyric is evident in every track, she sings it like she means it and I love it.

The gem opens with the title track, "Overpoered". A perfect ode to melonchalic memories, anyone who wonders alone in a big city late at night would find this the perfect song to listen to.

"You know me better" is an uptempo dimension onto pure enchanted bliss. This is a very happy, upbeat song.

"Checking on me" is one of the best in an album full of stunners. It's percussive rhythmn is perfectly married to the song's lyrics: A medidation on jelousy. She cuts close to the bone here. "Lemme know" is similar to you know me better, a catchy hook drives the danceable beats. Being lonely has never sounded so happy. "Movie star" is a departure in conception, something closer to early 90's euro dance crossed with industrial. Good song to split the album with. "Primitive" is a down tempo semi ballad for hip lovers. Make sure you're dressing your best that day. "Footprints" is arguably one of the weakest songs in an album where every song is good. Its a throwback to the 90's, and it's sugary. Again, good.

"Dear Miami" is an unqualified triumph. Catchy, simple, yet layered with meaning, a love letter to Miami's decadence. If you've ever been there you'll know what her message is.

"Cry baby" is arguably the album's monster club jam.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Vipond on January 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This LP/CD/MP3 blows it out of the water. This is probably as good as the first Madonna LP. Roisin has hit her stride and the tunes are top notch. The production is very tight and if anyone could gripe it's a little in that Timbaland vein but on a record of 13 songs almost none are duds. For a dance/soul/street record this is major. Roisin is a really amazing live performer and seems almost shamanistic in her relationship to singing. As the lead singer/co-writer with Moloko she has been a staple in the underground for 13 years. Her videos are pretty far out, she's hot and she seems ripe for stardom but is she too good for stardom? Let's hope EMI doesn't blow this one. She should be getting American airplay. She should be played on KIIS FM Los Angeles. She should be a star. But is the world ready for a star with this much intelligence and sexuality? They better bloody well be!
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