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Overpowered Song
Roisin Murphy - Overpowered (song).png
Single by Róisín Murphy
from the album Overpowered
  • "Foolish"
  • "Sweet Nothings"
Released9 July 2007 (2007-07-09)
  • Róisín Murphy
  • Seiji
Róisín Murphy singles chronology
"Sow into You"
"Let Me Know"

"Overpowered" is a song by Irish singer Róisín Murphy from her second studio album of the same name (2007). It was written by Murphy, Paul "Seiji" Dolby and Mike Patto, and produced by the former two. The song was released on 9 July 2007 as the album's lead single. "Overpowered" reached number 149 on the UK Singles Chart on downloads alone, as its physical formats were ineligible to chart.

Single cover

The art director of the single was British graphic designer Scott King and the photographer was Jonathan de Villiers. Murphy is wearing a design by Viktor & Rolf on the cover.[2]

Critical reception

"Overpowered" was met with positive reviews from critics. Jax Spike of About.com described the song as "a perfect ode to melancholic memories that are sung with a seductive baby doll voice with lyrics like 'When I think that I am over you/I'm overpowered' right before a zigzagging electro beat comes into play."[3] Heather Phares of AllMusic stated, "With its sleek beats, bubbling synths, and nagging chorus, 'Overpowered' closely resembles a state-of-the-art pop single, but the way Murphy sings of science and oxytocin over a heart-fluttering harp is unmistakably her."[4]

BBC Music's Sonja D'Cruze referred to the song as "a heady electronic anthem which tells the tale of getting consumed by the lust for an ex-lover, complete with a squelchy bassline and the minimalism of Casio kickdrums which are all secretly lifted by gentle harp and spacey synths. It's an irresistible match of loved-up disco pop which has a crafty reworking of TIGA's 'I Wear My Sunglasses At Night', immediately making it a new classic."[5] Mike Barnes from musicOMH called the song "an unrelenting electro-pop gem that penetrates your skull faster than a high-velocity nail gun."[1]Pitchfork placed "Overpowered" at number 69 on its list of the Top 100 Tracks of 2007, further commenting, "Arty and smartly seductive, 'Overpowered' is a sublime reminder of the glory days of New Pop."[6]

Music video

The music video for "Overpowered" was directed by Jamie Thraves and shows Murphy walking back home from a live gig at night. On her way home, she is seen catching an AEC Routemaster, buying fish and chips at a restaurant and witnessing a police chase. Upon arriving home, she drinks water in the kitchen, removes clothes from the washing machine, brushes her teeth and ultimately goes to bed. Throughout the video, Murphy wears a crimson and white-chequered outfit designed by English fashion designer Gareth Pugh; Kylie Minogue would wear the same piece in her "In My Arms" video the following year.[7]

Track listings

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of the CD single.[12]

  • Róisín Murphy - vocals, production, songwriting
  • Tom Elmhirst - mixing
  • Scott King - art direction, design
  • Dave Okumu - guitar
  • Mike Patto - keyboards, songwriting
  • Seiji - drums, keyboards, production, songwriting
  • Jonathan de Villiers - photography


Chart (2007) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13] 28
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[14] 13
Denmark (Tracklisten)[15] 34
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[16] 10
Germany (Official German Charts)[17] 86
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 44
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 149


  1. ^ a b Barnes, Mike (July 2007). "Róisín Murphy - Overpowered (EMI)". musicOMH. Archived from the original on 22 May 2008. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ Louis (7 April 2008). "Roisin Murphy: Overpowered". Sleevage. Archived from the original on 26 June 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ Spike, Jax. "Roisin Murphy - 'Overpowered'". About.com. Archived from the original on 4 April 2011. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ Phares, Heather. "Overpowered - Róisín Murphy". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ D'Cruze, Sonja (10 October 2007). "Review of Róisín Murphy - Overpowered". BBC Music. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "Top 100 Tracks of 2007". Pitchfork. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Roisin, Kylie & Pugh". roisinmurphy.blogspot.com. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ "Overpowered - Single by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store (GB). Archived from the original on 16 November 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ "Overpowered - EP 1 by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store (GB). Archived from the original on 16 November 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ "Overpowered - EP 2 by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store (GB). Archived from the original on 16 November 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  11. ^ "Overpowered: Róisín Murphy" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved 2010.
  12. ^ "Overpowered" (UK CD single liner notes). Róisín Murphy. EMI. 2007. CDEMS 725.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be - Róisín Murphy - Overpowered" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be - Róisín Murphy - Overpowered" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  15. ^ "Danishcharts.com - Róisín Murphy - Overpowered". Tracklisten. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Roisin Murphy: Overpowered" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de - Róisín Murphy - Overpowered". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl - Róisín Murphy - Overpowered" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Chart Log UK: 1994-2008". Zobbel. Retrieved 2010.

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