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. Its 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, theres a cosmic dimension at work that puts Murphy way ahead of most of her dance-pop competitors. --Paul Sullivan