Discussion in 'Robyn' started by dUb, Sep 19, 2018.
I've given her my email by signing up to whatever. No real sense of anticipation though. I don't think I played Missing U more than a handful of times. Not that I disliked it - it just felt unnecessary and I'd prefer to listen to Body Talk instead.
Honey is also the second single, video shot this week.
That album cover is all kinds of
Not least because you wouldn't guess the full extent of the horror of her hair from it.
Pulling off early '90s charity shop rummage with that cover.
I wish Honey was written in white without that vile strip of mustard but no complaints about the pic
Anal is it, Rob?
@Penelope you little bitch, where the f have you been?
I do like how gleeful she looks in the still of that announcement video.
The album cover is giving me 'Mid-Aughts Hollyoaks-twink poses for GAYTIMES' for days.
9 tracks, apparently longer than usual pop song length (?)
NY Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/21/arts/music/robyn-honey-interview.html
From Euphoria on PJ forums:
Send to Robyn Immediately is a fucking amazing song title.
FUCK ME UP ROBYN
The drag queens love Robyn, don't they? Detox, Willam and Dusty Ray Bottoms have all liked that.
Honey is on Spotify in two versions, I’m guessing the album version and a radio edit.
Very good TIME mag read
not sure where these are from but
I know they were in the Metro yesterday alongside an article about her mental health.
Who knows if the two are related?
Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck!
This is out this week.
Anticipation isn't exactly at fever pitch with zero posts in almost a month but I'm looking forward to it
I genuinely didn't know I ever needed to hear or see Robyn sexing it up but I do. I'm ready for that sweet honey on Friday.
I think I’m defending myself, I’m worried it’ll be crap
Cmon Rob, don’t fuck it up. I don’t care if it’s the same as Body Talk
I'm at an all-time "MEH" with Robyn at the moment. Nothing this era has excited me yet
Missing U I find distinctly average, but Honey I properly love. Yet on the whole I'm still not in any real state of anticipation.
I’m going to soak up all this indifference and use it as a shield. I hope it’s not totally crap
She left the gap too long. But I will of course listen at the first moment I can.
I don't think she left it too long at all. She clearly doesn't crave or need hits, she has a thoroughly dedicated fanbase of gays and she's entered into pop legend status so she'll always be able to tour or do festivals. If it's good (it will be good) people will eat this up.
Pitchfork has given it a glowing review (8.5)
They've also done an interview/track-by-track breakdown with her which is well worth 10 minutes of your time
She's incredible. I'm SO EXCITED.
5 stars from The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/oct/25/robyn-honey-review-pop
Between the Lines is LUDICROUSLY Crystal Waters
Send to Robin Immediately feels like a very sumptuous interlude more than a song
Human Being is my favourite so far. LOVE the way it builds and builds
4.5/5* in Rolling Stone
Few artists deserves as much credit as Robyn for marrying the sciences of 21st century pop and club music; her records are precisely calibrated verse-chorus-verse hook-fests that erupt into brief moments of ego-dissolving dancefloor bliss. Her songs can feel intensely intimate – vulnerable, melancholy, lonely, despondent – which makes their yin-yang even more striking.
On her first album in eight years, taking a more active hand on the production side after what seems to have been a period of painful personal change, Robyn relaxes the tempos and lets the healing ecstasy of club grooves take over. The songs are still packed with pop hooks and choruses. But they’re dispensed more leisurely. Breakdowns are elongated, beats are more seductive and hypnotic, and the purist reverence for classic disco, house and techno is more explicit. Like a great DJ set, songs morph into one another thematically and structurally, most notably in the album’s central triptych. The woozy deep house of “Baby Forgive Me” is an intoxicating duet with Swedish producer Mr. Tophat (the “sad robot voice” in the credits). That track gradually reveals a gospel-house sunrise on “Send To Robyn Immediately,” a collaboration with Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) and Sampha that works in a sample of Lil Louis’ intoxicating club classic “French Kiss.” An earlier reference to “honey” then becomes an extended techno metaphor with the title track, a vortex of beats co-produced by Robyn with longtime wingman Klas Åhlund. It’s a tour de force: when she sings “the current is stronger,” a rippling electronic phrase drives that point home, while vintage synth stabs recall the timbral signature of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.”
Robyn frequently echoes that English art-rock heroine on Honey, both in tone and the boldness of her auteurist pop vision. See “Because It’s In The Music,” a disco tribute about sound as salvation that simultaneously conjures Sister Sledge’s We Are Family and Bush’s Hounds of Love, with Robyn multi-tracked into a flash-mob of backing vocalists atop a string-section ascent. There’s still sadness hovering over the proceedings. The aching single and opening track “Missing U,” with its time-suspending looped arpeggio, is about loss and a love that “still defines” the singer, while “Human Being” refers to “a dying race,” struggling to assert its warm flesh-and-blood bonafides in vocals frosted in electronics and unspooling in a synthscape.
But the music works its magic, and like a perfect night of clubbing, the uplift is ultimately irresistible. On “Ever Again,” the nine-song-set’s finale, it’s as if management has turned on the lights, and a purified crowd skips into the daylight. “I swear I’m never gonna be brokenhearted ever again!,” Robyn chirps. Sure, it’s an absurd declaration on the face of it. But sometimes these are the things we need to tell ourselves to keep going.
Because It's In The Music is SUPREMELY good. And a relief for anyone who thought there'd be no more straightforward-ish pop songs on the album.
Beach 2k20 is yet another glorious exercise in Robyn TROLLING US like the pro troll queen she is.
I mean, RIGHT ON THE BEACH.