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Ruby Blue [Import]

Roisin Murphy Audio CD
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1. Leaving The City
2. Sinking Feeling
3. Night of the dancing Flame
4. Through Time
5. Sow into You
6. Dear Diary
7. If We’re in Love
8. Ramalama (Bang Bang)
9. Ruby Blue
10. Off on it
11. Prelude To Love in The Making
12. The Closing of the doors

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glitch Tech July 29 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I loved Moloko.
I found out by accident that they split. It made me sad. But then I found out that Roisin Murphy, the singer from Moloko, had a solo project in the pipeline.
Fabulous!
And it is.
It's challenging. As much as her voice challenges, the musical arrangements have risen to meet her level.
Glitchy, glossy, intricate. It's a slow burn that you have to let spin a few times before warming up to it.
Shouldn't more albums work like that? Isn't everyone tired of the one-hit wonder yet?
Unconventional, to say the least (save for the single 'If We're In Love,' the tastiest bit of neo-house I've heard in ages).
Give it a shot. She deserves your attention.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So you think you can sing? Sept. 11 2006
By Christopher Wanko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was watching "So You Think You Can Dance" with my wife and we caught a cool song called "Ramalama (Bang Bang)". My ears are going so we had captioning on, which tells you the artist and song. I quickly jotted down the name and went looking online for the song and album.

Wow, what a great find this turned out to be. I've done two straight-through listens in addition to a few shuffle-plays with other songs, and I've finally figured out all the tastes I'm hearing.

It's Bjork and Aphex Twin with classic AM radio female vocals a la Carly Simon, with some inevitable Kate Bush/ Tori Amos splashed in. Ultimately, you have and have not heard anything like this album. The ingredients, yes, but the dish? All its own, and it works very well. Enjoyable and quirky, and I think because I'm going through a jazz phase now, it resonates deeper within me than if I were to bne traveling through, say, my death metal or Hendrix phases.

Worth picking up, for sure, but maybe a note of caution for more conservative listeners, it's something to give a dedicated ear to appreciate.

-Fred
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Break out the superlatives starting with FABULOUS... Aug. 4 2006
By eeoyrefan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I confess I was introduced to Roisin Murphy courtesy of Fox's hit show "So You Think You Can Dance". The Ramalama song stuck in my head and I simply had to know more about the artist. And so I found Ruby Blue. And I am thrilled I did!

Fabulous and funky, this CD defies classification. Murphy's voice is captivating as she deftly toys with the listener, soaring through the scales, leaping from a smoky alto to a crystal soprano with never a falter. If this gal doesn't top the charts it will be wholly a marketing failure because vocally she delivers the goods, making the exquisite effortless. She is a joy to listen to and has not only one of the most unique, but one of the best female voices I've heard in quite some time, leaving the likes of Beyonce, Carey, Dion and Krall totally in the dust.

Now I've gushed about the artist, one might wonder at the 4-star review. This is only a caution to those looking for "mainstream" because not one of these tunes comes ANYWHERE near that categorization (which is what makes them so FABULOUS). A little jazz, a little funk, a little hip-pop (yes, that's pop and not hop), even a little Asian and Indian influence. If you're open minded and love creative music and stellar vocals, do NOT pass this one up!!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE AFTER MOLOKO... June 20 2005
By D. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Roisin Murphy has done it again, this time minus Mark Brydon, former boyfriend and co-member of the truly phenomenal duo/group Moloko. Roisin for years had provided exceptional vocals for songs like "Fun For Me", "Sing It Back", "The Flipside", "Forever More", et al, with otherworldly beats from Brydon. Now she does it alone, this time with personal fave and phenom phenomenon, Herbert Matthews doing the producing--the man who brought us "100 Lbs", "Around the House", "Bodily Functions", "Goodbye Swingtime", and Dani Siciliano's "Likes". Herbert has collaborated with Moloko in the past, so it was only natural that he produce Murphy's solo debut, "Ruby Blue". This is a release to be herald as "CD of the Year!," for when Murphy and Matthews come together they make as much musical magic as Brydon and Murphy did as Moloko. Roisin's vocals have matured tremendously since the days of "Do You Like My Tight Sweater" and her whimisical almost cartoonish lyrics and vocal abilities have all but gone away, leaving a more refined and serious overtone that compliments her well--reminiscent of her vocals on "Statues". She now croons with a twisted-hypnotic beauty that would sink ships--Hell! I almost wrecked my truck listening to "If We're In Love." Roisin also migrates into slightly experiemental territory on songs like "Night of the Dancing Flame" and "Ramalamabangbang", which are hard to listen to at first, but after a few plays on a good sound-system, they both sound excellent!

Herbert has produced some good music that ranges from styles of jazz to rock to r&b to funk to folk to dance and everything else in between. His productions can almost be likened to that of Purple Rocker Prince circa 1980s, which by no means is a bad thing--just listen to the bassline in "Dear Diary" and the melodies of "Through Time"!

Moloko-fans may be slightly disappointed at this more "sedated" Roisin Murphy, but trust me in time with repeat listenings you'll appreciate it. "Ruby Blue" should not be overlooked by any means. A true accomplishment from a woman who's doing it on her own. Highly recommended!!!

Roisin--I'm "Sow Into You", Baby! ("sniggle"--I could not resist!)
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You're my ruby blue Aug. 10 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You know her best as the eccentric pop voice in Moloko, that wacky dancepop group that turned out some of the U.K.'s best electronica. Alas, after 2003's "Statues," Moloko is no more. But lead vocalist Roisin Murphy is just beginning... her solo career, that is.

Don't expect Moloko's experimental pop, however. In "Ruby Blue," Murphy tries out some entirely new sounds such as jazz, low-key trip-hop and funky piano-pop, with a slightly psychedelic quirky edge. Sometimes it suits her unique vocals, and sometimes not -- more often than not, the wild little songs work out just fine.

"Ruby Blue" slinks into our ears with "Leaving the City," a jumbled pop melody full of tinny percussion and subtle horns. Murphy sings in a dreamy manner over the quirky arrangements. This gives a feel for what the album's sound is going to be like: It's not like her past work, but not like anything else either, really.

After that comes a string of unusual dancepop -- rather than your usual electronica, there's a funky, jazzy, slightly insane edge to Murphy's music. Yes, there's some keyboard on there, yet songs like the wild "Night of the Dancing Flame" or the fiery, bouncy "Ramalama (Bang Bang)" rely more on the organic drums and beats.

Not all songs on "Ruby Blue" are that much fun; "Through Time," for example, is pretty but unexciting compared to the other songs here. It's midtempo but very steady and quiet, and so after a while it gets boring to listen to. And the finale is a pretty song, yet somehow doesn't fit in with the rest of the album. Murphy doesn't sound entirely comfortable over a simple piano ballad.

In fact, Murphy's quirky, breathless vocals work best when she's singing over earthy beats and trippy tunes. When the songs are quirky and wild, she sounds amazing. In the quieter songs, she sounds distinctly out of place, not unlike a country singer trying to rap. Not bad, but a bit square-peggish.

Some of the songs lag a bit, or don't fit around Roisin Murphy's style. But "Ruby Blue" is an entertaining, slightly bizarre solo debut. Lots of fun.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roisin Murphy July 27 2006
By T. Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My wife asked me to buy this for her. I had never heard of Roisin Murphy before, which piqued my interest, so I tried it out. And, Wow, I was quite impressed.

The songs on "Ruby Blue" are really diverse. I found this in the "Electronica" section of my local shop, but it's unfair to pigeonhole this album as just Electronica. At times, it almost crosses over to what might be considered "World Beat" section.

Her voice is great; she's very intriguing. The beats on this album are good, mostly upbeat, danceable. The songs are good in terms of verses and choruses. Nothing is tooooo catchy (ie, cheesey), but it's definitely accessible.

This album is so hard to describe and that's what makes it so good. She's clearly a very talented artist and this is well worth picking up.
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