Robyn should probably be one of the most successful pop artists around given her amazing songs and wealth of crossover appeal amongst teenyboppers, hipsters and gays alike. For some reason though she’s never really made quite the dent in the charts that she deserves. With new album Body Talk Pt 1 that looks set to change.

The LP kicks off with ‘Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do’. It’s stripped down italo and asserts Robyn’s place as left of centre in the pop landscape. It also sets the tone for the upcoming songs, as a pop album where Robyn will do as she pleases, regardless of what “The Man” wants. Next up, taster single ‘Fembots’. It’s a delicious electro-pop number with auto-tune robotic vocals and an array of bleeps and bloops combining in a very pleasing manner indeed.

First proper single ‘Dancing On My Own’ is probably the album highlight. Anchored around a huge bassy synth melody, it’s got all of the best elements of her Royksopp collaboration ‘The Girl And The Robot’ and her biggest hit to date ‘With Every Heartbeat’ combined. Sort of sad, sort of anthemic but absolutely massive and generally amazing, it’s one that’ll rock the Wonky dancefloor good and proper. ‘Cry When You Get Older’ is one of the simpler songs on the album, but still blows most pop out of the water.

The album takes a different turn for Dancehall Queen. Production handled by Diplo, this is a very refreshing take on dubstep and Caribbean riddims with Robyn’s vocals complementing the sparse, tropical and bass-driven arrangement perfectly. ‘None Of Dem’ features Royksopp on production and is much darker than anything else on this album. The clean, spacey production is present, but the melody is dark and claustrophobic.

‘Hang With Me’ and ‘Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa’ bring the album to a mellow close, leaving us salivating at the prospect of what Body Talk Pt 2 and Body Talk Pt 3 – both due by the end of 2010 – have to offer. Going by the quality of this record, we have a lot to be excited about.

Robyn – Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do

Robyn – Dancing On My Own

BY MAX HUNT