I go through many phases musically. In the span of a month, what I listen to can encompass many different musical genres. I love music, and there basically isn’t a musical genre that is excluded on my iTunes Library.
People know I have a deep love and appreciation of Pop Music. Pop Music gets a bad reputation, and deservedly so in many cases. But when well done, Pop Music can be damn near brilliant. There are many timeless Pop songs, and then there are one of the reasons Pop Music gets a bad reputation: One Hit Wonders. Music History is littered with the footnotes of countless One Hit Wonders. Some make that one really good hit like Lisa Loeb’s “Stay” or Blind Melon’s “No Rain”, but 85% of the others make forgettable stuff that was only good the moment it was released. Which brings me to my musical obsession of the moment: Robyn.
Robyn is an artist who leaned toward the latter of my One Hit Wonder assessment. She released two sugar coated, carefully crafted Pop songs in the late 90’s that caught on a bit in the US. But she was largely overshadowed by the huge Teen Pop Explosion that happened shortly after. Remember these songs?:
“Do You Know (What It Takes)”
[Audio http://www.fileden.com/files/2006/11/15/383112//02 Do You Know (What It Takes).mp3]
“Show Me Love” (Acoustic Version)
[Audio http://www.fileden.com/files/2006/11/15/383112//05 Show Me Love (Acoustic).mp3]
Chances are many of you haven’t or if you do, it’s a vague memory.
For me and many others Robyn fell off our musical radars here in the US. But then around 2005 she came back with a cool single called “Konichiwa Bitches”. Her self-titled album “Robyn” got critical acclaim, yet it still didn’t catch on with the masses over here in the US.
Again, I thought it was done for her. Electro-Pop just wasn’t popping in the US in 2005. But now times have completely changed. David Guetta produced tracks are all over the radio. R&B artists like Usher and Beyonce are making dance club tracks. Lady GaGa’s dance music hits the charts easily.
Things are certainly different here now. So why is Robyn, who released the best Pop Music Album of 2010, “Body Talk” STILL so under-appreciated?
“Body Talk” is just well done, danceable, fun Pop music. Music that shockingly in today’s Dance/Pop/Electropop friendly musical landscape is not well known by many here in the US. She is selling out venues here in the US, yet many aren’t up on her. What’s up with that?
Robyn’s CD easily beats the watered down dance efforts of Rihanna’s “Loud” and Ke$ha’s “Cannibal”. No disrespect to the women I just mentioned, as their CD’s are also packed with hits that get stuck in your head for hours, but Robyn’s music is so well crafted that it takes basic Pop Music to a different level.
Here are some of the tracks from “Body Talk”:
Hopefully anyone who follows my blog will give this great CD the chance it deserves. I have been listening to these tracks like crazy since she has been releasing her songs in 3 parts throughout the year. This is not music that will cure the Common Cold or change the entire world. But it will make you dance. It will motivate you on the treadmill at 6AM. It will make your car ride on a nice day better. Robyn’s “Body Talk” is just that good.
So if you are one of the people who haven’t been up on Robyn yet, hopefully you like what you hear and start digging her music as much as I do.