You Know Me Better

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"You Know Me Better"
Single by Róisín Murphy
from the album Overpowered
B-side "Keep It Loose", "Pandora"
Released 31 March 2008
Format CD single, digital download,
7" single, 12" single
Recorded 2007
Genre Electropop, synthpop, dance-pop
Length 4:18
Label EMI
Writer(s) Róisín Murphy, Andy Cato
Producer(s) Andy Cato
Róisín Murphy singles chronology
"Let Me Know"
(2007)
"You Know Me Better"
(2008)
"Movie Star"/"Slave to Love"
(2008)

"You Know Me Better" is a song by Irish recording artist Róisín Murphy from her second solo studio album, Overpowered. Co-written with and produced by Groove Armada's Andy Cato, the track was released as the album's third single on 31 March 2008.

Single cover[edit]

The photoshoot of the single artwork can be viewed on her official website and YouTube channel as of 4 January 2008.[1] The art director of the single was British graphic designer Scott King and the photographer was Jonathan de Villiers. The cover sees Murphy wearing a design by Givenchy.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

"You Know Me Better" was well received by music critics. Peter Paphides of The Times described the song as "a rush of colour slowly surging outwards from a hook of pared-back austerity."[3] Alex Fletcher of Digital Spy gave the song four out of five stars, saying producer Andy Cato "lay[s] down a squelching disco groove that veers between early 90's house and the sound of New Order's 'Blue Monday' being fiddled with by the Human League. A typically sultry Murphy more than rises to the occasion, delivering the crisp, soothing vocals that earned Moloko a flash of chart success at the start of the decade."[4] Jax Spike of About.com noted that the song "is a more up-tempo track that comes across as pure enchanted bliss with its tough, staccato vocal and conventional, insistent chorus concealing a quite complex emotional position."[5] Ben Hogwood, writing for musicOMH, stated, "In some way that pushes it closer to a Groove Armada guest slot, but Murphy's vocals are strong enough to pull it back, a slice of electro-disco that may be polished within an inch of its life, but comes back for more with its yearning melody."[6] Cpt H.M. 'Howling Mad' Murdock of Drowned in Sound commented that "You Know Me Better" "mirrors Robyn's recent chart achievements in icy cool style."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "You Know Me Better" was directed by Canadian director Jaron Albertin and shot at a suburban home in Snaresbrook, North East London.[8] It premiered on Murphy's official YouTube channel on 11 March 2008 and features Murphy at different places in a house playing different characters, each one wearing a different outfit and hairstyle, inspired by the women depicted in the Untitled Film Stills series by American photographer Cindy Sherman.[9]

Track listings[edit]

Official versions[edit]

  • Radio Edit with album version intro
  • Radio Edit with shortened intro
  • Album Version
  • Instrumental
  • Live Version
  • Demo Version (also known as Andy Cato Alternative Mix)
  • Guy Williams Vocal
  • Guy Williams Dub
  • Nightmoves Mix
  • Samim Remix
  • Toddla T Vocal
  • Toddla T Nu Mix
  • Trevor Loveys Vocal
  • Trevor Loveys Dub

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Belgian Tip Chart (Flanders)[15] 13
UK Singles Chart[16] 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ "You Know Me Better Artwork Photoshoot". YouTube. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Roisin Murphy's Dresses". Elle (in Dutch). Hachette Filipacchi Media. 14 April 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Paphides, Peter (5 October 2007). "Roisin Murphy: Overpowered". The Times. Times Newspapers. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Fletcher, Alex. "Roisin Murphy: 'You Know Me Better'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Spike, Jax. "Roisin Murphy – 'Overpowered'". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Hogwood, Ben. "Róisín Murphy – You Know Me Better (EMI)". musicOMH. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Murdock, Cpt H.M. 'Howling Mad' (24 October 2007). "Roisin Murphy – Overpowered". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Knight, David (9 April 2008). "Roisin Murphy's You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin". Promo News. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Roisin's stylist on You Know Me Better". THE LOOK. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "You Know Me Better (Live At Koko) – Single by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "You Know Me Better (Samim Remix) – Single by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "You Know Me Better – EP 1 by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "You Know Me Better – EP 2 by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "You Know Me Better – EP 3 by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Róisín Murphy – You Know Me Better". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  16. ^ "Chart Stats – Roisin Murphy – You Know Me Better". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 

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