An Album a Day: Body Talk

March 2 – Body Talk by Robyn

Genre: Electronic pop
Year: 2010
Runtime: 61:40
Total tracks: 15 
Songs you might know:
– “Dancing on My Own”
– “Hang With Me”
– “Call Your Girlfriend”

My prior relationship with this album: I first discovered Robyn a few years back. I was watching some block of music videos on tv at an odd hour of the morning when the video for “Call Your Girlfriend” mesmerized me. It was probably several more months before I discovered “Dancing on My Own” and upon realizing that both these masterpieces were by the same artist, I dove into a YouTube rabbit hole of Robyn songs. I don’t think I actually gave the full Body Talk album a chance until I was working on my Albums to Listen to instead of Taylor Swift’s Reputation, and I remember enjoying it, but not really listening to it much since.

My impressions this time around: All in all, I would say the positives of Body Talk outweigh the negatives. It’s inventive electronic dance pop that does a great job of avoiding the lyrical cliches of the genre. There’s also several songs that I had previously forgotten that really impressed me. My brain always processes this album as “the one with ‘Dancing on My Own’ and ‘Call Your Girlfriend'” so much so that I often forget how strong many other tracks are. “In My Eyes,” “Indestructible,” and “Time Machine,” in particular were standout tracks that I’d previously forgotten. I also love “Get Myself Together,” though I love that one enough to remember it from prior listens.

All that said, Body Talk also has several tracks that just aren’t my cup of tea. “Don’t Fucking Tell Me What to Do” or “We Dance to the Beat” in particular leave a sour taste in my mouth.  No matter how many interesting production choices you make, I really can’t take a song that just feels like it’s chanting the same words over and over again. While While I admire the album for having enough variety that it never really bores me, there’s enough skippable songs on here that I totally get why Body Talk never became a true FAVORITE that I play on repeat.

Who would enjoy it? This is a great pick for fans that love heartfelt lyrics who might typically avoid EDM-ish music for that reason. I can see this album being a great gateway drug that gets pop music fans into more electronic music. My guess is most people who tend to gravitate towards this style are already aware of Robyn and know how they feel about her, but for what it’s worth they’d love this album too.

 

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