Robyn
Body Talk


3.5
great

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
December 2nd, 2010 | 61 replies | 18,838 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Smart, pulsing electro-pop from an artist with the makings of a true pop star.

Does anyone remember Robyn’s first big single, released sometime in the mid 90’s, called “Do You Really Want Me”? It’s one best left to the deepest, most barren depths of the Now That’s What I Call Music! archives but it typified what she used to be: average. Under the guidance of super-producer Max Martin, Robyn was just like any of the other manufactured pop products clinging onto him for Top 40 survival and trust me when I say, the 90’s was not kind to mainstream pop. Aqua actually happened. S Club 7 had their own TV show. Things were bleak. Robyn, however, turned out to be one of those rare mainstream acts that realized she had more to offer than the constraints of this relationship could afford.

Cut scene to the present day and meet the new Robyn: under the artistic freedom of her own record label, she emerged in 2005 with a gutsy self-titled LP, dramatically reinventing herself as an electro-pop queen and earning her unprecedented commercial and critical success at that. It’s this underdog story that emphasizes just why Body Talk is such a revelation; it is the musical peak of an artist who has always had a bigger picture for what pop could sound like. Released in three parts, as Body Talk pt. 1, pt.2 and as the full Body Talk LP (5 songs from both the initial releases along with 5 new ones), this follow-up project has been an incredibly interesting endeavour to follow.

As a look into her creative process, the Body Talk series has a remarkable consistency in quality and the records frequently pushed her sound towards new directions, as exemplified by the tongue in cheek robot pop of “Fembot”. Though Body Talk as a final product suffers slightly for flow as a result of the compilation feel, the individual quality of nearly every song in the collection is enough to warrant the method used for its creation. Cuts like “Don’t ***ing Tell Me What To Do” and “We Dance to the Beat” deliver cool, pulsing observations through a cascade of synth rhythms, poised as something close to Uffie with a handle on subtlety, while others like the Diplo-produced “Dancehall Queen” squeeze reggae into cocky nightclub swagger. If there were limits, they don’t apply to Robyn.

The most remarkable standouts come in the emotion Robyn channels beyond the electro cold current. “Dancing On My Own”, “Indestructible”, “Time Machine”, “Hang With Me” – synth-sparkling, club-ready, contagious and perfect examples of the forward thinking pop that, in an ideal world, would storm through the charts. She seems to have all the ingredients in place: she can do sexy, cocky, heartbroken, you name it, and with melodies like no one else around. The good news is that it’s an idea others are willing to share: “Dancing On My Own” just got nominated for a Best Dance Recording Grammy, and even if she doesn’t win the exposure will do wonders, while second single “Hang With Me” has enjoyed chart spells across Europe and brief stints in the US dance charts. Robyn has what it takes to be a real force and with this display of innovation and execution, the only question left is to wonder when the rest of the world will catch on. Forget the 90’s: this artist was born in 2005 and has been growing ever since.



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DonniSharK
December 2nd 2010



466 Comments


Body Talk is probably the best pop album of this century, if you ask me.

klap
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2010



10014 Comments


i'll have to check this out but i wasn't a fan of her 2005 record, take annie any day of the week and twice on sundays

Digging: Woods - With Light And With Love

Kiran
Emeritus
December 2nd 2010



5993 Comments


never got around to annie's follow up album but the debut was ok and "heartbeat" is pure bliss, i'll give you that

conradtao
Emeritus
December 2nd 2010



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anniemal is a 3.5 for me; it's frontloaded with brilliant pop jams and sort of has a really long comedown after "heartbeat"

Great review Kiran. Was thinking about writing something for this but never got around to it; not really going to bother, since I already wrote about the first 2 mini-albums.

I'm a wee bit disappointed that we didn't get more new songs, but that's just because I'm selfish.

Enotron
December 2nd 2010



7695 Comments


hey cool sputnik's back, nice review will check out kiran

AtavanHalen
December 2nd 2010



17927 Comments


Wish she'd have just done Body Talk Pt. 3, to be honest.

1 is the best.

Calculate
December 2nd 2010



1135 Comments


Not feelin this whatsoever, whats wrong with me.

AtavanHalen
December 2nd 2010



17927 Comments


Several things.

thebhoy
Emeritus
December 2nd 2010



4459 Comments


shit I neeeeed this

conradtao
Emeritus
December 2nd 2010



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes you do

klap
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2010



10014 Comments


conrad you should check out annies second

conradtao
Emeritus
December 2nd 2010



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the internet leaks that preceded its actual release were better than the eventual LP

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
December 2nd 2010



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules, but needs Criminal Intent.

mvdu
December 2nd 2010



595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anyone think I'd like this a lot? In the past, I haven't really been a fan or a detractor, but haven't heard much of Body Talk.

conradtao
Emeritus
December 2nd 2010



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Judging by your ratings, I think you'll like this.

DonniSharK
December 3rd 2010



466 Comments


"Wish she'd have just done Body Talk Pt. 3, to be honest."

She did do that. it's just not getting released that way in America, but only in europe.

Fluorine
December 3rd 2010



104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is what pop music should be. None of Dem is probably going to rank among my songs of the year.
Also, does anyone else think that, apart from the stunning Indestructible, these new Part 3 songs aren't up to the same quality as Pts 1 and 2?

AggravatedYeti
December 3rd 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ they aren't as good honestly.
may have to try my hands at grabbing an import of pt. 3.


shazwagon
December 3rd 2010



84 Comments


I just don't get Robyn. I tried listening to Body Talk Part 1 (thanks hype) but couldn't go beyond a few songs. Maybe I should hear her previous albums first?

AggravatedYeti
December 3rd 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tbh if you didn't like this you probably won't find much to love in her previous albums. This is also by far her best set of songs. The Body Talk collection that is.



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