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  • Audio CD (13 Jun. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Echo
  • ASIN: B0009I477U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Leaving The City
2. Sinking Feeling
3. Night of the dancing Flame
4. Through Time
5. Sow into You
6. Dear Diary
7. If We’re in Love
8. Ramalama (Bang Bang)
9. Ruby Blue
10. Off on it
11. Prelude To Love in The Making
12. The Closing of the doors

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Debut solo album from Irish songstress Roisin Murphy, frontwoman of Moloko. All the tracks on the album are the results of Roisins collaboration with producer Matthew Herbert a musician and producer famed for working predominantly in the field of electronic music. Songs on Ruby Blue are all over the map - each song fuses elements of jazz, late 70s/early 80s soul, rock, and electronica, with varying emphasis on each between tracks. Echo. 2005.

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300 signed copies of Ruby Blue will be randomly allocated to customers buying from Amazon.co.uk. Solo albums are usually an opportunity for rock’s egos to shed that excess baggage (ie: fellow musicians) and find new ways of pursuing their personal vision (ie: start making bland records). Not so with Ruby Blue, the debut solo album from Moloko vocalist Roisin Murphy. Recorded with sometime Björk collaborator Matthew Herbert, a sampling maverick with a skill for making the experimental palatable, tracks like "Sow Into You" and "Night Of The Dancing Flame" drop Murphy’s honeyed purr in amongst a strange brew of fine-diced samples, twitchy bossanova, warm brass, and organic-feeling jazz hustle-and-bustle. Highlights are many: "Dear Diary" combines a passionate Northern Soul vibe with a lush, chill-out production; the blippy "Leaving The City" shows off the dizzying complexity of Herbert’s production skill; and the elegiac, breathy piano ballad "The Closing Of The Door" ushers the album to a close with commendable elegance. Moloko fans may balk at the thought of Roisin playing away, but this mischievously inventive vacation justifies its existence – and then some. --Louis Pattison

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Sinclair on 25 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Most people have no idea who Roisin Murphy is, and can barely even remember the legendary Moloko. It is frustrating then, that so many people still don't know of what could be one of their favourite albums. I was so thrilled when this album was out, that I'd get to hear more of her wonderful voice. Since the day I bought this via amazon, it has CHANGED MY LIFE.

Everytime I listen to this album it gets better and better. It is so unique and brilliantly different. An inspired return and new beginning, excellent production by Matthew Herbert, the album is perfect.

This kicks off with the sensational "Leaving the city", fast and jaw-dropping, yet it has no beat. There are no reminders of any old moloko material here, its all fresh and original, Roisin's divine voice sings over this unique glossy electronica. "Sinking Feeling" is as addictive as drugs. "Through time" puts me in a trance and an emotional rollercoaster, so good its unreal.

Not enough words can do justice to this album, each time I listen to this album I get taken on an incredible journey, which feels so good everytime. "Off on it" may take a short while to click, but apart from that the album will definitley leave you satisfied. Most songs are upbeat, melodic, dancey, catchy and delicious.

The pace is slowed down excitingly with the beautiful "Closing of the doors". I will never grow tired of this album, and will enjoy it more each time I hear it. Roisin Murphy and Matthew Herbert have been heroic with making such an amazing album, and it is a classic. Now in my top 3 favourite albums- ever!!!!

Immense pleasure everytime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on 30 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Now that it's so affordable to build a really great music collection, the big challenge is - choosing the right albums. Very quickly you can find yourself with more than just a space problem; just how do you listen to it all? And what's really worth listening to again and again? Not to mention archiving it all alphabetically if you ever want to find your favourites again. Or does it simply come down to choosing from the ever-growing pile of discs that seems to live on top of your Hi-fi. Choose well when you buy the new stuff, and maybe you won't resent the time spent organizing your collection quite so much.
Which brings us to Ruby Blue. You know the voice; you probably remember when you first heard Moloko, around 2000. It was a fresh sound, different, exciting - and you probably bought Things to Do and Make. Well, why'd you buy? Did you want to feel a bit daring? Develop your slightly off-beat side? Couldn't get Sing it Back or Time is Now out of your head?
Now step forward in time - whatever you felt then probably applies now. More modern, endearingly quirky, and just oozing class. Buying this album feels deliciously risky; kinda like Pop - but not as we know it. And that is it's appeal: Pop as it might be, if it were not so drearily predictable.
Check out the tracks, it'll take you but a moment. Then, if it leaves you feeling open to possibility, go ahead and buy.
Go on. You know you want to.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ruby Blue is a complete surprise that may pass most browsers by, but it is in fact essential listening. Not a fan of Moloko myself, i can vouch that this CD will initially baffle and intruige you, but as you listen to it, the thick layers of the production and the beats will be stripped away...and at the heart is a wonderful album. Some of it is a bit too 'Out there' for me, but this isn't a problem when the commercial aspects of the album (of which there are initially few) are so Sublime. As you listen to the album, even the most abstract, obscure tracks become as catchy and addcitive as Pop Music.
Here's a brief(ish) run through of the tracks:
1) Leaving the City------odd opening track. electronic and seems almost techno at first, but grows as you listen. not a personal favourite but is very interesting live.
2) Sinking the Feeling----great track. Mixes a hip hop thud with jazzy keys, great horns and haunting voals. Sexy stuff.
3) Night of the Dancing Flame-----Wow! hard to describe...A kind of uptempo American Depression-Era jazz track, with carribean beats. Think Bugsy Malone on Weed, or something! instantly catchy and dancey and is a definite live highlight, she dons a big cape and the horns have an extended solo. I challenge you not to love this song.
4) Throught Time-----begins eery and bizarre, but slowly melts into a wonderfully soulful and jazzy chill-out track. Ideal for dinner parties, should be listened to in the dark or after a heavy night out.
5) Sow into you----quite Moloko, for the fans out there. lovely and discoey, nice electro-shuffle, sing-along-able. Will hit you at first as being an album highlight but over time, you will probably appreciate other tracks more.Still, this is the sort of pop track others would kill for.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are no words to do justice to how good this album is. Roisin and Matthew Herbert have made music that transcends all music boundaries- the lines between pop, dance, experimental and jazz have been blurred and the result is a collection of songs that demonstrate rare charisma and pure talent.
Stunning.
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