Friday, December 3, 2010

The Pop Star You Haven't Heard About in 2010

OK, so in 2010, electropop is pretty much the only route to go if you want to make it big as a [female] pop star. And there have certainly been some big hits this year that fall in that category: Your Love is My Drug, Only Girl (In the World), California Gurls, Alejandro, etc. But the electropop songstress who rises above the rest (and has been doing this genre since 2005, thank you haters) is Robyn. Who? Exactly.

If you remember the hit "Show Me Love" from the late '90s, you know Robyn. She started out in R&B, then started selling poorly, so she rethought her style and ended up leaving her label. Then...she started her own label! And she's been going hard with synthpop longer than Gaga or Perry or Ke$ha (I cringe every time I press shift for that third character). She stands out because not only is she Swedish and awesome, she also writes her own songs, and they're (GASP!) brutally honest.

Her newest LP, Body Talk, is an amalgamation of tracks from Body Talk Parts 1 and 2, which were released earlier this year, along with five new tracks. It's synthpop heaven. Body Talk is stuffed with great melodies and (obviously) glorious synthesizers. It also has its share of heartbreak, regret, and uncertainty with standout tracks like Dancing On My Own, Time Machine, and Hang With Me. It's not life-affirming pop music like you're used to. But it's the best pop music of the year, hands down. Lady Gaga is set to release her next album in early 2011, but until then, rock out to Robyn. You'll be glad you did.

--Robyn's Body Talk collection gets a 7/10 from me.

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