This track sums up what’s great about Robyn. It’s a danceable electro pop song that also brings the feels. She lends a vulnerability to her songs that you usually find in more traditional balladry, but dresses it with a techno sheen.
Over the last several years, I’ve featured songs from the top of Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop poll, which compiles the picks of hundreds of music critics into a master Top 100 Albums and Top 50 Singles.
Well, Village Voice closed up shop last year, first moving online only and then ceasing new content creation entirely. It looked like a sad end to a poll dating back to 1974 that gave a fascinating glimpse into the changing popular music landscape.
Swedish dance-pop star Robyn hasn’t released a new album since 2010, when she dropped her Body Talk series of records. That release consisted of two EPs, Body Talk Pt. 1 and Body Talk Pt. 2, followed by a full-length album (Body Talk) that included tracks from both EPs plus a few new songs.
Today’s random SOTD, ‘Hand With Me,’ appears on both EPs in very different versions. The version embedded below was the lead single from the second EP and it’s an upbeat dance track.
Swedish electropop star Robyn doesn’t seem to know how to capitalize on her success. In 2005 she released a self-titled album (her fourth) that broke internationally and landed her on the charts as well as countless critics-best lists.
Five years after that she released a pair of EPs (Body Talk 1 and 2) that were equally well-received. But in both instances, she faded away rather than taking advantage of the spotlight.
I’m not sure what to make of that, but somehow I think I’m being taunted. Damn you, Steve Jobs!
Like Pink, featured a week ago, Robyn is an unlikely occupant of my music collection. Or maybe I have a previously unrealized penchant for R&B/pop singers with super-short white-blonde hair.
The artist Robyn most reminds me of, based on the one album and one EP of hers I own, is Prince. She has a similar vocal style (evident on this track) and employs a similar fusion of funk and pop balladry. And as with Prince, I find a little of Robyn goes a long way.
Regardless of my opinion of the pixie-like Swedish performer, I love to see that kind of promotion of an underdog. Hell, I’m the guy who’s in the midst of Ron Sexsmith Weekends on this blog. When you love something, the desire to shout about it from the rooftops is a strong one.
Personally, I think EW piles it on a but too thick when it comes to Robyn. She’s talented, no doubt, but they risk overpraising her to the point that all she can do is disappoint. And that’s not doing her any favors.