Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Robyn - Body Talk, Pt. 1

"Don't fucking tell me what to do"... that's how Robyn starts her new album, and this fact could pretty much sum it up what she's all about. Indeed, her music is pure pop - catchy and mostly fun -, but there's always been something that makes her a kind of outsider, like a feeling of displacement which perhaps comes from her Scandinavian roots. Or maybe the twist is much simpler: she's just too honest and her songs are loaded with so much raw and genuine sentiment that we kind of feel disarmed when dealing with them. Heartbreaking could be the word.
The good news is that, in her new mini-album, she stays true to herself. Doesn't matter if she's taking inspiration in electro, dancehall, synthpop or singing a traditional Swedish ballad, this is Robyn at her purest core, a mixture of candidness with that raw and unique attitude, delivering a collection of immense songs that come from a down-to-earth girl giving out what she does best. And it's telling that the result is actually much more subversive than 99,9% of the conceptual bullshit being thrown at us every minute nowadays.
For further proof of her brilliance, go hear the extreme-goosebumps-inducing Dancing On My Own, a song included in Body Talk Pt. 1, which is basically one of the best songs ever. And some even better news: this is just the first part of a 3-album-project, with parts 2 and 3 still scheduled for this year. Bring it on! (8,5/10)

Robyn - Fembot (mp3 via tram7)


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