Roisin Murphy - 'Take Her Up to Monto'
Beloved of her fiercely loyal fans, darling of the critics; at this point of her career, it would take something drastic for the wheels to come off Roisin Murphy's train.
The title of the Wicklow woman's fourth solo album is a direct reference to the Irish folk song made famous by The Dubliners, which her father sang to her as a child. This is no nostalgia trip, however; these forward-thinking pop songs are joyous contemporary creations, from the experimental, snappy zig-zag of Romantic Comedy to the enjoyably bonkers rhythmic anomalies of Pretty Gardens, the chic, jazzy flick of Lip Service and woozy, lo-fi closer Sitting and Counting.
It's an indubitably strange collection, but for music lovers who want their perceptions of pop challenged, it ticks every box.
Review by Lauren Murphy | 11:03 | Monday 8th August 2016 | Album Review