You Know Me Better

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"You Know Me Better"
Roisin Murphy - You Know Me Better.png
Single by Róisín Murphy
from the album Overpowered
B-side ""
  • "Keep It Loose"
  • "Pandora"
Released 31 March 2008 (2008-03-31)
Recorded 2007
Length 4:18
Label EMI
  • Andy Cato
  • Ill Factor
Róisín Murphy singles chronology
"Let Me Know"
"You Know Me Better"
"Movie Star"

"You Know Me Better" is a song by Irish singer Róisín Murphy from her second studio album, Overpowered (2007). It was written by Murphy and Andy Cato and produced by Cato, with additional production by Ill Factor. The song was released on 31 March 2008 as the album's third single.

Single cover[edit]

The photoshoot of the single artwork can be viewed on her official website and YouTube channel as of 4 January 2008.[3] The art director of the single was British graphic designer Scott King and the photographer was Jonathan de Villiers. The cover depicts Murphy wearing an outfit by Givenchy.[4]

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."[5] 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."[6]

Jax Spike of 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."[7] Ben Hogwood of 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."[2] Cpt H.M. 'Howling Mad' Murdock of Drowned in Sound commented that the track "mirrors Robyn's recent chart achievements in icy cool style."[8]

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.[9] The video premiered on 11 March 2008 and features Murphy at different places in the 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.[10]

Track listings[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of the CD single.[16]

  • Róisín Murphy – vocals, songwriting
  • Dick Beetham – editing
  • Andy Cato – engineering, instruments, production, songwriting
  • Ill Factor – additional production
  • Scott King – art direction, design
  • Eric Kupper – mixing
  • Jonathan de Villiers – photography


Chart (2008–2009) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[17] 98
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[18] 13
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 47


  1. ^ Slingsby, Sean (28 March 2008). "Roisin Murphy – ' You Know Me Better'". Gigwise. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Hogwood, Ben (March 2008). "Róisín Murphy – You Know Me Better (EMI)". musicOMH. Archived from the original on 2 August 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "You Know Me Better Artwork Photoshoot". YouTube. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Roisin Murphy's Dresses". Elle (in Dutch). 14 April 2008. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Paphides, Peter (5 October 2007). "Roisin Murphy: Overpowered". The Times. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Fletcher, Alex (13 March 2008). "Roisin Murphy: 'You Know Me Better'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Spike, Jax. "Roisin Murphy – 'Overpowered'". Archived from the original on 4 April 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Murdock, Cpt H.M. 'Howling Mad' (24 October 2007). "Roisin Murphy – Overpowered". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Knight, David (9 April 2008). "Roisin Murphy's You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin". Promo News. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Roisin's stylist on You Know Me Better". The Look. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "You Know Me Better (Live At Koko) – Single by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store (GB). Archived from the original on 12 May 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "You Know Me Better (Samim Remix) – Single by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store (GB). Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "You Know Me Better – EP 1 by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store (GB). Archived from the original on 16 November 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "You Know Me Better – EP 2 by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store (GB). Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "You Know Me Better – EP 3 by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store (GB). Archived from the original on 16 November 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "Let Me Know" (UK CD 2 liner notes). Róisín Murphy. EMI. 2008. CDEMS 741. 
  17. ^ "The ARIA Report Issue No. 993 – Week Commencing 9th March 2009" (pdf). Pandora Archive (original document published by ARIA). p. 4. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  18. ^ " – Róisín Murphy – You Know Me Better" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2008-04-06". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  20. ^ "Roisin Murphy: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 November 2016.

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