Record Review: Robyn – “Body Talk Pt. 1”

Elaborate wizardry is inherent in pop music; it’s a genre built on giving semi-fresh perspectives to topics that 95% of the world’s 13-29 year-olds deal with on a regular basis. Needless to say, pop music these days has become rather disingenuous, even for pop. It has all the sugar and only half the fizz as good ol’ days.

Robyn, is an exception to all that. She makes honest pop music, filled with heart and drenched in all the synths you could ever want. Arguably the best thing out of Sweden since ABBA, Robyn found success early at 15 when she released her first album Robyn Is Here. Now, 14 years later, and Robyn has founded her own label, Konichiwa Records (which she is the only artist that is/ever will be signed to), and is doing things on her own terms.

Body Talk Pt. 1 is the first of three records set for release this year. For those familiar with her last album, and her work with Royksopp and fellow Swede Klas Åhlund, Body Talk is a natural progression. Her heart-felt electro-pop sound is never more evident than on “Dancing on My Own”, the first single, about seeing her lover with someone else in the club. “Dancehall Queen,” my personal favourite, is a reggae-inspired track from famed DJ/producer Diplo. Another standout is “Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa”, a haunting yet beautiful, Swedish folk song. Given the tone of the record, “Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa” is an oddly natural ending to this eight track offering. There’s really nothing bad to say about the album, other than the fact that I wish it was a bit longer. – Candice B.

“Dancing On My Own”

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