RÓISÍN MUR­PHY Hair­less Toys

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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

An eight-year gap be­tween al­bums kept Róisín Mur­phy mostly out of the lime­light while she con­cen­trated on fam­ily, one-off sin­gles and a range of col­lab­o­ra­tions, in­clud­ing one with David Byrne and Fat­boy Slim. The lay-off has not less­ened her knack for beau­ti­fully fi­nessed tunes pulled to­gether with sub­lime elec­tropop belts and braces. From the mo­ment Gone Fish­ing be­gins to prowl with its tale of out­siders pro­ject­ing glam­our and flam­boy­ance set off against a wel­ter­weight of at­mo­spher­ics and Mur­phy’s airy vo­cals, it’s clear Hair­less Toys is the work of an artist per­fectly in tune with pop’s cur­rent predilec­tions.

Ex­ploita­tion, a track where the groove is sim­ple and sparse, works with con­sid­er­able panache. The ti­tle track and Ex­ile are also stud­ies in melodic splen­dour.rois­in­mur­phy.com

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