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Take Her Up To Monto

Róisín Murphy

Take Her Up To Monto

Fourth solo album from the former Moloko singer recorded during the same session as Hairless Toys with long-time collaborator and producer Eddie Stevens

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  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    It carries itself like curious piece of colourful matter, hovering and changing shape, at times shimmering, or just shifting colour. But the thing is, first you need to commit to buying the ticket
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  2. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Inventive, deeply satisfying arrangements breeze by before being suddenly interrupted by what can only be described as…stretching
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  3. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Feels like a disillusioned sequel to Hairless Toys
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  4. 8.0 |   The 405

    Murphy has her own style, but more crucially, she has her own substance
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  5. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Yet another gloriously odd missive from Ms Murphy
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  6. 8.0 |   State

    Confirmation that Murphy is an outlier in the field of pop music always willing to challenge herself and her audience, always brave enough to enjoy the journey
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  7. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Take Her Monto should definitely cement her position in the pantheon of the great timeless female singers such as Kate Bush and Bjork. Immediately familiar, but always pushing the envelope of their own musical stylings
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  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Everything has a rare poise and assurance; from cosmic disco to dark cabaret, to baroque waltz, Murphy rarely puts a foot wrong, imbuing each style and song with her own wit and intelligence
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  9. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    Though largely working with the same formula as ‘Hairless Toys’, ‘Take Her Up to Monto’ feels like anything but a re-tread
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  10. 8.0 |   The List

    Take Her Up to Monto is every bit the worthy follow-up and more, combining playfully atmospheric electronic composition with frank and often dazzling lyricism
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  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Cherry-picks from the past, but comes with a contemporary sheen. It's hard to imagine her bettering this. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Murphy has smartly subverted the dancefloor diva image, and these songs come from the uncanny valley, android beauty not quite hiding their off-centre menace. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Mixmag

    This is a complex and endlessly enjoyable record
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  14. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    By juxtaposing bombast with nuance and intimate lyrics with worldly themes on Take Her Up To Monto, she continues her impressive, no holds barred approach to pop
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  15. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Continues Murphy’s reemergence as one of the most interesting and chameleonic electro artists of the moment
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  16. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    She may have demonstrated mainstream leanings with Moloko and her Overpowered album, but the margins and the darkness on the edge of the glitter are far more alluring
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  17. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The eccentric pop star calls to mind David Bowie's Blackstar and Twin Peaks on her latest album
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  18. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    There’s no padding here, but like any good trip into an intriguing mind you may emerge from the swell a touch dizzy
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  19. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Take Her Up to Monto is Róisín Murphy’s personal statement on love, romance, dance, and technology. May they all live together in electropop harmony
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  20. 8.0 |   All Music

    As pop has become more eclectic, so has Murphy; even if it takes a little more effort to follow her on Monto, the results are worth it
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  21. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    The songs flit amongst genres, united only by her fearless, restless spirit
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  22. 7.0 |   The Music

    Across all the genre shifts Murphy manages to be her delightfully quirky self
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  23. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Like any Roísín Murphy album, it’s building materials toy and please in equal measure
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  24. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    For all the admiration and absorption of realness, Take Her Up To Monto is wholly surreal, enjoyable nonetheless
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  25. 6.0 |   NOW

    It's an album of extremes, following its own wandering logic
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  26. 6.0 |   DIY

    Gone are the days of Mokolo, but ‘Take Her Up To Monto’ remains just as resilient; proving that Roisin Murphy’s productive world of pop madness has a rightful place in the present day
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  27. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The mainstream pop star everyone seems to think Roísín Murphy should rightfully be seems further away than ever. But perhaps that’s exactly how she wants it
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  28. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Finds Róisín Murphy and long-term musical collaborator Eddie Stevens pushing the synth-pop envelope in diverse new directions
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  29. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    While the album features several standout tracks and stunning vocals, as a whole, over-shined production and mashed-up genres obscure Murphy’s strength
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