Rating: NNNNFifteen years into her career, Robyn stands apart from most pop acts thanks to her ability to connect with.
Fifteen years into her career, Robyn stands apart from most pop acts thanks to her ability to connect with listeners without the crutch of an alter ego. Her latest is the culmination of an album trilogy begun in June to enliven her creative process and produce dance music that works in a live context. The experiment worked: Body Talk is the year’s best pop album.
Robyn takes a range of styles from dancehall and rap to house and disco and melds them with her big pop sound featuring four-to-the-floor beats and thoughtful, unsentimental lyrics about love and loneliness. No other track attains the instant-anthem status of opener Dancing On My Own, an impassioned war cry for the outsider on the dance floor, but its self-assured swagger carries through all of Body Talk’s beautiful melodies.
Top track: Dancing On My Own