Take Her Up to Monto

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Take Her Up to Monto
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Studio album by Róisín Murphy
Released 8 July 2016 (2016-07-08)
Recorded 2014–16
Studio RMS Studios, Fish Factory Studio (London)
Genre
Length 46:58
Label Play It Again Sam
Producer Eddie Stevens
Róisín Murphy chronology
Hairless Toys
(2015)Hairless Toys2015
Take Her Up to Monto
(2016)
Singles from Take Her Up to Monto
  1. "Mastermind"
    Released: 19 April 2016
  2. "Ten Miles High"
    Released: 17 May 2016
  3. "Whatever"
    Released: 23 September 2016
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
Clash9/10[6]
Drowned in Sound8/10[7]
The Guardian3/5 stars[8]
Mixmag8/10[1]
Mojo4/5 stars[4]
NOW3/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork7.8/10[10]
The QuietusVery positive[11]
Uncut4/5 stars[4]

Take Her Up to Monto is the fourth studio album by Irish singer Róisín Murphy, released on 8 July 2016 by Play It Again Sam. It was co-produced with longtime collaborator Eddie Stevens during the same five-week session period that resulted in Murphy's previous album, Hairless Toys (2015).

Background[edit]

Take Her Up to Monto was recorded during the same sessions as Murphy's 2015 album Hairless Toys, and included producer and longtime collaborator Eddie Stevens.[12][13][14] The title is derived from an Irish folk song of the same name, popularised by The Dubliners in the 1960s, which Murphy's father sang to her as a child.[15] Monto is the nickname of Dublin's old red-light district.[16]

The album's release was preceded by two tracks, "Mastermind" and "Ten Miles High", as well as Murphy's self-directed video for the latter, which was filmed in London.[13] Comparing the album with its predecessor, Murphy stated that "the visual language has changed. Less reference, a more aggressively modern aesthetic. It's about the London that I live in, it's a lot about architecture, it's about building and the future coming, its about here! It's a bit fizzier and more present tense, irreverent, with guerilla filming, montage and crazy shit. I hope it's a realism that makes you feel good about being alive."[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Take Her Up to Monto received generally positive reviews from critics.[4] Mixmag described the album as "another reminder of why [Murphy] has more charm, chutzpah and ideas than most of her peers put together," calling it "a complex and endlessly enjoyable record."[1] NOW described it as "an album of extremes, following its own wandering logic," suggesting "it feels as though she wants to see how much she can reduce her theatrical pop image into something small and seemingly impermanent."[9] In Exclaim!, Anna Alger wrote "Her songs on this record often feel like symphonies, with multiple movements evolving throughout a five-to-seven-minute period."[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Róisín Murphy and Eddie Stevens.

No.TitleLength
1."Mastermind"6:35
2."Pretty Gardens"5:07
3."Thoughts Wasted"5:22
4."Lip Service"4:27
5."Ten Miles High"5:19
6."Whatever"2:53
7."Romantic Comedy"5:36
8."Nervous Sleep"7:41
9."Sitting and Counting"3:57

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[5]

  • Róisín Murphy – vocals, art direction, concept, design
  • Eddie Stevens – production, floor tom, flute, guitar, keyboards, percussion, programming, violin, backing vocals

Additional musicians

  • Dave DeRose – drums, floor tom
  • Jamie McCreddie – guitar
  • Rob Malarkey – bass
  • Jodie Scantlebury – backing vocals
  • Rhianna Kenny – backing vocals

Technical

  • Eddie Stevens – producer, mixer, engineer
  • Darius Van Helfteren – mastering
  • Ally McNeil – additional programming
  • Mark Allaway – engineer at Fish Factory

Artwork

  • Ben Wearing – photography
  • Ian Anderson – art direction, design

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 73
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[19] 45
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 40
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 153
Croatian International Albums (HDU)[20] 39
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[19] 65
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[21] 62
Greek Albums (IFPI)[22] 63
Irish Albums (IRMA)[23] 22
Irish Independent Albums (IRMA)[24] 5
Scottish Albums (OCC)[25] 45
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 26
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 41
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[27] 10
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[28] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Staff. "June: 18 Albums You Need to Hear This Month". MixMag. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Staff. "Reseña: Róisín Murphy". IndieSpace. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Pearis, Bill. "Róisín Murphy Announces First North American Tour". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Reviews for Take Her Up to Monto". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Take Her Up to Monto - Roísín Murphy". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Harvey, Josh. "Review: Take Her Up to Motno". Clash. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Hanratty, Dave. "Album Review: Roisin Murphy Take Her Up to Monto". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Petridis, Alexis. "Roísín Murphy: Take Her Up to Monto review – still too strange for the bigtime". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Ritchie, Kevin. "Review". NOW Toronto. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Scheim, Benjamin. "Róisín Murphy Take Her Up To Monto". Pitchfork. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Brito, Kristian. "Review: Róisín Murphy – Take Her Up to Monto". The Quietus. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Monroe, Jazz. "Róisín Murphy Announces New Album Take Her Up To Monto, Shares "Mastermind"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "RÓISÍN MURPHY EXHIBITS A TWISTED LONDON IN NEW VIDEO 'TEN MILES HIGH'". The Vinyl Factory. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  14. ^ Lobenfeld, Claire. "Róisín Murphy announces Take Her Up to Monto, shares track 'Mastermind'". Fact. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Press Release: RÓISÍN MURPHY – TAKE HER UP TO MONTO [PLAY IT AGAIN SAM/PIAS] (OUT FRIDAY, 8 JULY 2016)". Mushroom Promotions. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Róisín Murphy Takes Her Up To Monto on new album". RTE. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  17. ^ Alger, Anna (Jul 6, 2016). "Róisín Murphy – Take Her Up to Monto". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  18. ^ "CHART WATCH #377". auspOp. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c d e "ultratop.be – Róisín Murphy – Take Her Up To Monto". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  20. ^ "Top Stranih [Top Foreign]" (in Croatian). Top Foreign Albums. Hrvatska diskografska udruga. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  21. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Róisín Murphy – Take Her Up To Monto" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  22. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Top-75 Albums Sales Chart (Week: 38/2016)". IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on October 3, 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 28, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  24. ^ "GFK Chart-Track – Independent Albums: Week 28, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  25. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  26. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  27. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  28. ^ "Roisin Murphy Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 July 2016.