Take Her Up To Monto

Róisín Murphy - Take Her Up To Monto
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2016 Ratings: #316 / 879
User Score
Based on 70 ratings
2016 Ratings: #263
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July 8, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Play It Again Sam / Label
Art Pop, Glitch Pop / Genres
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If 2015’s Mercury prize-nominated ‘Hairless Toys’ was made out of cut glass, ‘Take Her Up…’ is a more sensual affair. It carries itself like curious piece of colourful matter, hovering and changing shape, at times shimmering, or just shifting colour.
The 405

Róisín Murphy's fourth solo record is an unfurled and uncompromising vision. Take Her Up To Monto has a more diverse range and restless thrust compared to Hairless Toys. She invites listeners further into her internal world, while posing more questions than before.

Loud and Quiet
From cosmic disco to dark cabaret, to baroque waltz, Murphy rarely puts a foot wrong, imbuing each style and song with her own wit and intelligence.

Although somewhat less accessible than Hairless Toys, Take Her Up to Monto sees Murphy coming in to her own as a solo artist. By juxtaposing bombast with nuance and intimate lyrics with worldly themes on Take Her Up To Monto, she continues her impressive, no holds barred approach to pop.

The Line of Best Fit

Taker Her Up to Monto continues Murphy’s reemergence as one of the most interesting and chameleonic electro artists of the moment.

Drowned in Sound
On these nine tracks it is abundantly clear that this is Róisín Murphy’s world and she is content for us to merely sprawl about in it, opaque and oppressive as circumstances may sometimes be.

Take Her Up to Monto is Róisín Murphy’s personal statement on love, romance, dance, and technology. May they all live together in electropop harmony.


As pop has become more eclectic, so has Murphy; even if it takes a little more effort to follow her on Monto, the results are worth it.

It’s yet another gloriously odd missive from Ms Murphy.

As stable and consistently enjoyable Hairless Toys was, Take Her Up to Monto follows that sonic blueprint but ups the ante with even more experimentation and risk-taking, showcasing Murphy’s range and depth as a songwriter to a fuller extent.

Tiny Mix Tapes

For all the admiration and absorption of realness, Take Her Up To Monto is wholly surreal, enjoyable nonetheless.

NOW Magazine
It's an album of extremes, following its own wandering logic.
The Guardian
The mainstream pop star everyone seems to think Roísín Murphy should rightfully be seems further away than ever. But perhaps that’s exactly how she wants it.
Gone are the days of Mokolo, but ‘Take Her Up To Monto’ remains just as resilient; proving that Roisin Murphy’s productive world of pop madness has a rightful place in the present day.
Consequence of Sound
While the album features several standout tracks and stunning vocals, as a whole, over-shined production and mashed-up genres obscure Murphy’s strengths.
Monto is a grower as its Roisin Murphy's most experimental record to date. The name comes from an Irish folk song that her father used to sing to her, and is about the visual landscape of modern day London as seen through the her eyes. Listen to: Mastermind, Ten Miles High, Thoughts Wasted, Whatever.
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Track List

  1. Mastermind 
  2. Pretty Gardens 
  3. Thoughts Wasted 
  4. Lip Service 
  5. Ten Miles High 
  6. Whatever 
  7. Romantic Comedy 
  8. Nervous Sleep
  9. Sitting and Counting
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Added on: April 19, 2016