Top Ten Songs on Róisín Murphy's Ruby Blue

The solo debut of Ireland’s finest export. (That’s right, move over Enya.) Fresh out of Moloko, her musical and personal relationship with ex-partner Mark Brydon, Róisín collaborated extensively with Matthew Herbert to make a series of EPs inspired by jazz sounds and sampled objects. The results were compiled to make Ruby Blue.
The Top Ten
1 Sow into You

The closest thing to a pop song this album has. Sampled horn instruments and other sound effects are sequenced together to make a danceable beat with what sounds like an actual drum machine being used. Oddly catchy lyrically, albeit without the slightest clue about the meaning of these sequenced phrases she's written.

2 The Closing of the Doors

A rare piano ballad accompanied by little more than that and a horn that almost certainly addresses her breakup with Brydon. It is beautiful in its stripped-back, torchy nature.

3 If We're in Love

An almost Sade-like smooth rhythm, albeit played by the jarring sampled objects with an echoey synth playing in the background. And horn sections.

4 Dear Diary

An odd sound collage combined with an odd glitchy funk bass (or a synth that resembles it), creating a truly odd juxtaposition of sounds. It has a rather easy-to-follow narrative about being scared of making the first move on someone you're interested in.

5 Through Time

One of the softer songs on the album, with an almost bossa nova-like beat played by samples and instruments, including '80s smooth jazz keyboards. This could be a rare autobiographical song about her breakup with Brydon.

6 Sinking Feeling

A deliberately jazz-tuned song with sequenced sound samples played to a finger snap beat with trumpets, horns, and bass played along with synth sounds. Lyrically, it addresses a hopeless feeling and trying to combat it, sung in a pleasant breathy croon à la Peggy Lee. And a wind section thrown in too for good measure!

7 Leaving the City

A symphony of sampled objects mixed with instruments sequenced together to build gradually then draw back. A track which perhaps addresses an agoraphobic fear of leaving home and their rationalization of it. Or I could be way off, she's hard to follow lyrically!

8 Ramalama (Bang Bang)

One of the most oddball songs of all time. I don't even really know what to say about it! It was on Grey's Anatomy! It's her most streamed song!

9 Ruby Blue
10 Night of the Dancing Flame
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