WARNING: This review may be a little biased, only because it is coming from a person who at one point in his life would ask himself “WWRD” or “What Would Robyn Do?” and then make all his decisions accordingly. So, you’ve been warned.
Also, a brief history of Robyn. She started off as this Swedish version of Britney Spears. You know, the teenage star, just out of intermediate school, has a hit before she hits 17, that kind of thing. However, instead of going all Britney crazy and shaving her head, she ditched her label when they didn’t like what she did and started her own record label, Konichiwa Records. Where she made songs like “Cobrastyle” and “Konichiwa Bitches”
Now on to the interesting stuff. Like how amazing this album is. Well technically its the second in a three part trilogy of pop-music-amazingness. So, moving on. Body Talk Pt. 2 starts off with In My Eyes, which is quite nice, even though the best part is the beginning when you feel like you are going to be enveloped in a wave of synth, but then the song really starts, showcasing what Robyn is known for, electro-pop. She then moves on to Include Me Out, which would be a lot better if it didn’t have that awful groaning noise in the background, but its still pretty nice. Plus she does that little half rapping half singing thing that she does so well. Hang With Me is the next song, and it is the highlight of Body Talk Pt. 2. The nicest part about this song is that it was acoustic of Body Talk Pt. 1, well as acoustic as Robyn can get, but this is the radio version, which means no strings and just pure dance. The chorus is great, she sings enough that you know it is a singing kind of album, but not so much that you can’t hear how cool the synths are in the background. Robyn really knows how to work the “I’m a singer who can actually sing, but sometimes I heavily distort my voice for fun” mentality. Moving on, Love Kills is the sort of song you listen to when you are depressed but you want to stay depressed but want to tell yourself that you want to get better. You know what I mean. It sounds happy but you listen to it and you realize that about 1% of it is actually positive. I mean, the song is called Love Kills, what did you expect? and then there is We Dance to the Beat. It might be the weirdest song here. It has no structure. Basically, Robyn says we dance to the beat until she finds something else to say about dancing to the beat, all over that groaning noise that she likes so much. It is really strange as pop songs go. Criminal Intent is the next song and it is a corker. If you don’t know what a corker is, look it up. The song is essentially about how Robyn danced too dirty and got arrested, and she tells this to a judge whose voice is more distorted than Ke$ha’s. Snoop Dog makes an appearance on the next song, U Should Know Better. This song is four minutes of people who should know better than to f*** with Robyn (stupid censors). Examples of this include, the Vatican, the Russians, the CIA, the FBI, and even the devil. This song is amazing. You can’t beat Snoop Dog and a small, pale, androgynous singer listing all these highly respected organizations. Oh, did I mention the whole industry knows better than to f*** with Robyn? I find it hard to talk about the next song, Indestructible, just because I don’t like Robyn as much when she sings ballads and she released the non-ballad version which I have had on repeat since it came out. So, It is a Robyn song, it is acoustic, and there is a non-acoustic version which is better, but not on this album. It’s on Body Talk, which is the third one.
In conclusion, if you actually put your hands in the air for every “hands-in-the-air” moment, your arms would be tired. Mainly because there are like three in every song.
PS. If you buy Body Talk Pt. 2 on iTunes, like I did, you get a really awesome bonus track called Bad Gal. It is the kind of song that only bitchy divas can pull off, and Robyn pulls it off like the best.