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  • Summary: The fifth full-length solo studio release for the Irish electro-pop artist was recorded with Richard Barratt (also known as DJ Parrot or Crooked Man).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 100
    During the album’s second half, the energy increases even further as Murphy and Sheffield-based collaborator Crooked Man (aka DJ Parrot) throw the party of a lifetime.
  2. Sep 29, 2020
    90
    Róisín Machine sees the singer charismatic, confident and in control, and Barratt’s beats accompany that mood perfectly. Accept no imitations, this album has some of the best electronic music you’ll hear all year.
  3. Oct 9, 2020
    90
    Róisín Machine is cohesive and spellbinding. Murphy truly is a machine in her consistent creativity, and this is a particularly well-oiled example of her brilliance.
  4. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    This is her most defiantly disco record to date. Where ‘Overpowered’ or ‘Take Her Up To Monto’ might veer off on prog or avant garde jaunts, ‘Róisín Machine’ is lit exclusively by the glitterball.
  5. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    Roisin Machine captures the singer at her most triumphant, finally comfortable in her role as an alt-pop icon—there's something casual and more assured about this Roisin Murphy.
  6. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    Herein lies Róisín Machine’s beauty at its most uncomplicated: every single one of its songs implores you to dance, and in doing so implores you also to forget the human fragility of which you are so incessantly reminded. Vicariously through Róisín Murphy – be she god, machine, person, or something floating between them – we can forget our fragile bodies, losing ourselves in a blissful utopia, even if only for an hour.
  7. Oct 5, 2020
    65
    While Róisín Machine is probably the most straightforward album she’s made, and is clearly within her wheelhouse, it just leaves a desire that she had pushed things even further, as we know she’s capable of doing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 2, 2020
    10
    Róisín Machine é o retorno de Róisín Murphy ao posto de diva. Classudo, extenso e poderoso, mas sem soar cansativo. Uma façanha para poucos.
  2. Oct 2, 2020
    10
    this is what we needed. this is what we deserved. this is what we got and it's perfect.
  3. Oct 9, 2020
    10
    A sparkling mix of Madonna, Kylie Minogue, ABBA, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Róisín’s album transcends the year 2020 and takes us to the discos,A sparkling mix of Madonna, Kylie Minogue, ABBA, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Róisín’s album transcends the year 2020 and takes us to the discos, to the gay clubs, to the penthouse lounges, to the windows-open taxi rides at 1 AM. With a sophisticated integration of dance floor sounds from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and a striking vocal intensity, the record sounds luxurious, timeless, foreboding, mysterious, and melancholic. The third track “Something More,” in particular, is easily the best dance-pop record of the year. Expand
  4. Oct 2, 2020
    10
    The best album of 2020 so far. Róisín Murphy do it so good, this sounds like every experimental/pop/disco sounds want to! ILY RÓISÍN MURPHY
  5. Oct 7, 2020
    10
    De sus mejores trabajos. Recoge perfectamente su trabajado durante los últimos años: producciones impecables y melodías atemporales pero nadaDe sus mejores trabajos. Recoge perfectamente su trabajado durante los últimos años: producciones impecables y melodías atemporales pero nada accesibles a una primera escucha Expand
  6. Oct 2, 2020
    9
    Such a fun experience! An incredibly immersive and rich headphone listen, and one whose barrage of funk and house really surprised me afterSuch a fun experience! An incredibly immersive and rich headphone listen, and one whose barrage of funk and house really surprised me after Murphy's more muted, experimental last two albums. From a production standpoint it knocks it out of the park, with the feel of a club mix, a heady and intelligent one at that. Murphy has never sounded better, effortlessly charismatic and completely in control. Just a blast.

    Best tracks: Simulation, Something More, Shellfish Mademoiselle, We Got Together, Murphy's Law, Game Changer, Narcissus

    Worst track: Incapable
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  7. Oct 26, 2020
    5
    Vocals are really good and intense in their disco-style, the majority of the electro is pleasant and the few switches in this album are trulyVocals are really good and intense in their disco-style, the majority of the electro is pleasant and the few switches in this album are truly both joyful and surprising.
    But nothing can cancel the boring and killing repetitivity of 'Roisin Machine'. Songs last for years, often (not always I admit) without any added content. Some of them unfortunately lack instrumental progressiveness and lyrical variety. It feels better to hear for 6 minutes a song of attractive disco-electro, but when it's bad it still takes so much time to end that you begin to compare it with pain. 'We Got Together' is the perfect example of what I'm trying to explain: this song has one of the worst production (unpleasant repetitivity added with useless sounds) and lyrics (also desperately repetitive) and last for a bit more than 5 minutes ! And the top of it all is that deluxe version offers some songs in extended mix ! Hopefully 'We Got Together' is not part of it...
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