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You Wanted A Hit starts with a shimmering atmosphere of neatly orchestrated synthesizers. It’s brilliant but it turns out to be a dummy hook that gives way to palm-muted guitar and a stark handclap beat.
Musically, the track sounds like tough, vintage LCD Soundsystem but the lyrics lack the precision we’ve come to expect. In case you couldn’t guess from the title, Murphy chooses the middle of the album to take a flailing swipe at the music industry.
Usually when Murphy gets self-reflective, it’s humorous and galvanizing. Here, it can't help but feel a bit clumsy and self-indulgent.
And nine minutes is more than long enough to really labour the point.