Hairless Toys

Róisín Murphy - Hairless Toys
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2015 Ratings: #302 / 915
User Score
Based on 80 ratings
2015 Ratings: #88
Liked by 1 person
May 11, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Play It Again Sam / Label
Art Pop, Electropop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Hairless Toys opts for a more personal approach that is so powerful in part because it's so quiet.

80
NME
Murphy’s music remains grounded in Hercules & Love Affair-style housey electronica but these songs unfurl slowly and unconventionally as they take detours into skulking Grace Jones funk ('Uninvited Guest’), opulent cosmic disco (‘Evil Eyes’) and lush country balladry ('Unputdownable').
80
Drowned in Sound
This isn’t a record to stick on in the car stereo but an album to obsess over on sleepless nights.
80
musicOMH
It’s less interested in snagging listeners’ ears with catchy hooks or luring them on to the dancefloor, and more interested in building a strange, compelling atmosphere.
80
The Guardian

Hairless Toys is pure, evocative elegance, her performance as flamboyant and fragile as the subculture she celebrates.

80
NOW Magazine
It's never clear where these songs are going, but the result always satisfies.
75
The Line of Best Fit

Hairless Toys is no mere pastiche of a scene; there is no major departure in terms of style for Murphy. It is, however, a surreal and poignant exploration of an iconic cultural movement.

74
Pitchfork
It’s the most cerebral work of Murphy’s decades-long career, and arguably the one with her most creative control yet, letting listeners closer into her head than ever yet keeping them at a distance even there.
70
Loud and Quiet

Understated, occasionally unobtrusive, but nevertheless a confident and stylish return.

60
PopMatters
Save for a handful of uptempo tracks, it appears Róisín hasn’t delivered that dance album some were clamoring for.
50
Under The Radar

If anything, Hairless Toys is a collection of digital torch songs with the occasional shuffling beat thrown in.

marcobrigs
83
Hairless Toys is Murphy's first album in 8 years, having taken a break to raise her children, though still releasing music through collaborations only. This record is much more subtle and relaxed than her previous work but is beautiful none the less. Listen to: House of Glass, Exploitation, Evil Eye, Unputdownable.
noahb_
100
This one is just utterly mindblowing. The production is terrifying and welcoming at the same time, her voice raw and lyrics sharper than anything she'd done to this point. Definitely a hidden gem, an album to walk in the cold rain to. Feels like excising a family curse through dance music.
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Track List

  1. Gone Fishing
  2. Evil Eyes
  3. Exploitation
  4. Uninvited Guest
  5. Exile
  6. House of Glass
  7. Hairless Toys (Gotta Hurt)
  8. Unputdownable
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Added on: February 16, 2015