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Hairless Toys

Róisín Murphy

Hairless Toys

Third solo album of NY disco-inspired electronic music from the former Moloko singer

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  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    A welcome return and Murphy's most satisfying album yet
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  2. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Hairless Toys is a complete masterwork, and serves notice that Murphy is well and truly back and still some serious way ahead of her peers
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  3. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    Sounds like the definition of 'no filler' on an old-fashioned 8-track LP as she glides, confidently, through alternative, soulful, electronica
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  4. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    There are surprises at every turn on an endlessly inventive comeback that deserves to put her back at the forefront of the music scene
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  5. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The fact that Murphy is able to sell out London’s Roundhouse having not released an album for eight years is testament to her immense talent and charisma. Both qualities are on ample display on Hairless Toys
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  6. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Despite a few moments of energy, it exercises the cerebral muscles more often then the leg muscles
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  7. 8.0 |   State

    Hairless Toys is Murphy once again taking a road less travelled, purposefully recognizing today’s pop trends and making a sharp right turn before she gets anywhere near them
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  8. 8.0 |   NOW

    She fuses delicate, slow-burning deep-house-type rhythms with pop twang and the odd bit of glittering glam
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It’s brooding dancefloor ordnance marks Hairless Toys as a career highlight. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Q

    Murphy here drapes herself over the songs like a vintage Hollywood star reclining on an ottoman. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    This set of cappuccino funk is as intimate and provocative as anything Murphy’s put her name to. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Hairless Toys is pure, evocative elegance, her performance as flamboyant and fragile as the subculture she celebrates
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  13. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The lay-off has not lessened her knack for beautifully finessed tunes pulled together with sublime electropop belts and braces
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  14. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A bottle of red wine and a full listen of the album is when you’re really going to uncover the caveats and subtleties of the record. Anything else and you’re just wasting a wonderfully dark and seething record
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  15. 8.0 |   NME

    When Murphy lets her guard down on 'House Of Glass', singing candidly about her "broken home", she puts a seal on a remarkable comeback
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  16. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Hairless Toys is no mere pastiche of a scene; there is no major departure in terms of style for Murphy. It is, however, a surreal and poignant exploration of an iconic cultural movement
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  17. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    It’s all gleaming and immaculate from a distance, sharp and shattered if you get too close
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  18. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Understated, occasionally unobtrusive, but nevertheless a confident and stylish return
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  19. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    If Hairless Toys is the sound of an artist with absolutely nothing to lose, then it also is the sound of an audience with little to gain
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  20. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Its construction is often imaginative but doesn’t always have an immediate human warmth
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  21. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    If anything, Hairless Toys is a collection of digital torch songs with the occasional shuffling beat thrown in
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  22. 5.0 |   The Music

    The vast majority of the album is stripped back, to make room for Murphy’s Dusty Springfield-esque tremors and sighs to rise to the surface
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