It's 2008 and Róisín is back. The perfect You Know Me Better is out this winter and above is a look at the cover photo shoot (the same one they did for Attitude magazine). That hat scares me. It looks like dirty feathers from grandma's attic. I bet it smells. A small price for the haute.
On Christmas Eve I received Róisín's live CD, Live At Ancienne Belgique, and it's a corker. The 9-minute live performance of Overpowered is much stronger than the studio version, with a killer intro and an insane electro breakdown at the end. Also excellent are the live versions of Checkin' On Me (which should be called Thumpin' On Me!), Primitive (minus the face slam) and Movie Star.
Sadly, Let Me Know is sort of muted and lacking the fizz of the original. It's more jazzy, bookended with extended jams that are just... boring... in the same way Prince extends some of his live songs ad nauseum.
I love it when she tells the Belgians they are a "very civilized people" at the end of the performance of You Know Me Better. Once again, she reminds me that I like my pop stars with heart and smarts... not self destructive, if you get my drift.