Robyn is back on the scene in a big way with the revolutionary, three-part release of Body Talk. I’ve been wanting more from Robyn since 2008’s “Cobrastyle,” one her futuristic and brilliant singles on the Rakamonie EP, and now I’ve got it. Last month, Robyn wrapped up her US dates for her All Hearts Tour with Kelis, but she’s not stopping anytime soon. This second part of her three-part release out today is an eight-track continuation of Body Talk Pt. 1, released just in June, which featured the singles “Fembot” and “Dancing on My Own.”

Robyn - Body Talk Pt 2

Opening the album are some strong love songs set to some great beats. Robyn plays to the strength of her voice in “In My Eyes.” “Include Me Out” is flow heavy along with a chorus she sings herself. “Hang With Me,” the current single, is one of the best songs on this album. She reveals some real sensitivity in it with lyrics like, “When you see me drift astray, Out of touch and out of place, Will you tell me to my face, Then I guess you can hang with me.” To me, these lyrics come from a place of hesitation from being hurt in the past. The beat is a little simple in comparison to the rest of the songs, but it works for the emotion of this track. I don’t super like music videos recorded while the artist was on tour, but there are at least some interesting elements in this one—namely, some sections being edited to the beat.

The album takes a turn at “We Dance to the Beat,” which is made up of a spoken word track over a dance beat. The turn becomes a turn to edge with “Criminal Intent.” “U Should Know Better” would definitely be the lyrical peak of edginess. Not sure why? Well, even the French, Vatican, Russians, C.I.A. know better than to f-ck with her. It’s got a not-so-heavy electronic drum and bass beat that’s made lighter with the ’80s synthesizer riffs. You can’t always depend on Snoop Dogg to make your track a hit, but the addition works on this track. The fact that they recorded it in the same room is really obvious; it’s vocally collaborative instead of just one verse of his included on a song of hers. The album concludes with a return to the emotional, closing with an acoustic/orchestral version of “Indestructible.”


Those who missed 2008’s Rakamonie EP and are only familiar with Robyn’s ’90s pop singles might find this an easier transition than directly into Body Talk Pt 1. I like the directions that Robyn goes to in this album, not only branching out with beats but also emotionally as a person. I kind of prefer the edge and aggressiveness of her songs, but this section of Body Talk is a nice blend of the two. All in all, this is a great album worth checking out if you’re looking for something more lyrical that you can dance to. Down to the last track, there’s a lot of thought put into each and every song.

Need even more from Robyn? You’re in luck. Body Talk Pt. 3 is due out in December.

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