Album Review

Robyn, ‘Body Talk Pt. 2’

By Luke O’Neil
Globe Correspondent / September 6, 2010

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“It is really very simple, just a single pulse repeated at a regular interval’’ goes the sample at the start of “Include Me Out.’’ You could say that refers to a lot of the musical arrangements here on the follow-up to the recent “Body Talk Pt. 1,’’ but that’s discounting the intangible magic Swedish pop-goddess Robyn brings with every casual exhalation. Album opener “In My Eyes’’ is a case in point, showcasing the tension-and-catharsis approach Robyn (unlike a lot of lesser imitators) is capable of achieving with her vocals. A slight shift in tone and she blasts the momentum of a simple synth chord progression onto the next joyous level. Danceable, downtrodden songs buoyed by a hint of self-willed confidence are Robyn’s specialty; even when Snoop Dogg shows up on “U Should Know Better’’ — a collaboration that, unlike his work with Katy Perry, doesn’t sound forced. For further evidence, see the glistening, upbeat remix of “Hang With Me’’ — a fragile acoustic ballad from “Body Talk Pt. 1.’’ It’s the type of heartbroken, loop-driven signature Robyn track that was perfected on “Pt. 1’’ with the brilliant “Dancing On My Own.’’ “Just don’t fall recklessly, headlessly in love with me’’ she sings. Whoops, already have. (Out tomorrow)

Robyn, ‘Body Talk Pt. 2’
Cherry Tree Records
ESSENTIAL “Hang With Me’’