She started out a teen pop star. She created tunes that everyone would dance to at their Middle School Dance. But, just like anyone, she had to grow up. But instead of doing it like today's pop stars, she did it gracefully. Transitioning from her debut album's sweet, pre-teen songs to deep and meaningful songs (in her second album "My Truth" Robyn sang about an abortion she had in her earlier teens). She gracefully transformed from sweet, poppy Robyn to Robyn, a woman whose songs can make you laugh and shed a tear all in 35 minutes. A woman who mixes sweet vocals with ridged, techno beats. Instead of screaming and dressing up like a slutty Big Bird (Miley Cyrus, no offense to fans of Miley) she started to show how wonderful she can really be (not that Robyn wasn't wonderful to begin with). Her comeback album "Robyn (2005-2008)" mixed cheerful, upbeat music with reluctant, amazing ballads. And now the dance hall queen is back to show us why she sits in that throne.
The albums opener "Don't F***ing Tell Me What To Do" is Robyn simply complaining about lives everyday, annoying, true problems. If it were anyone else I would say "shut up, stop complaining" but Robyn tells us about these troubles in such a simplistic and truthful way that it almost sounds like she's speaking for the rest of us, not just herself. Then comes "Fembot." Robyn talks about how women are treated like robots, which in many cases is true. She raps about how she is "fresh out the box," she's "the latest model" with "automatic booty applications." It's a fun, catchy, feministic proclamation that she does have feelings, she's not made out of metal. Next on Robyn's Body Talking Lineup is "Dancing On My Own." In this song Robyn describes a situation many of have been in. Watching the person we want with someone. She sings about the tough fact that no matter how hard she tries, this won't change. But she will press on, she'll dance alone, and in the end smile. Then comes "Cry When You Get Older." Amazon's review sees this song has a sister to sibling point of view. But in a way, I see it has a note to self. She's telling herself that this is not the end, somewhat of a follow up to "Dancing On My Own."
"Dancehall Queen" is a song that may also relate to "Dancing On My Own" or "Fembot" because in a way she is saying that "you did this to yourself. Leave me alone, its not my fault you broke my heart. Maybe you forgot, but this is my space, and you're not ruining it. Remember, I'm the queen of my own land, and my own heart. And you're not entering either." "None of Dem" is a song from the point of view of an outcast. Almost like a kid entering a new school, where no one understands you or you're personality. Where "none of dem get your style" or can dance at your standards. "Hang With Me" is a song that finally shows Robyn opening up her heart, but not too much, just enough to hang with her. Finally, "Jag Vet En Delig Rosa" is a song that reminds us where Robyn began, Sweden. She reminds us of her Swedish roots through her version of this Swedish version.
All in all, Robyn has made yet another musical masterpiece. Robyn has some news for us: she's still at the top of her game and won't be falling off anytime soon.
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