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2010 release from the Swedish Pop sensation, the third and final album in Robyn's unique trilogy for 2010. Features five of the best tracks from Body Talk Pts One and Two plus five brand-spanking new songs from the ridiculously prolific pop star. Includes the singles `Hang With Me' and `Dancing on My Own' as well as 'Indestructible'. Island.
|Audio CD Release Date:
||November 22, 2010|
|Number Of Discs:
|Average Customer Rating:
|| based on 58 reviews|
|1. ||Dancing On My Own (Radio Version)|
|3. ||Don't F***ing Tell Me What To Do|
|5. ||Time Machine|
|6. ||Love Kills|
|7. ||Hang With Me|
|8. ||Call Your Girlfriend|
|9. ||None Of Dem feat. RÃ¶yksopp|
|10. ||We Dance To The Beat|
|11. ||U Should Know Better feat. Snoop Dogg|
|12. ||Dancehall Queen|
|13. ||Get Myself Together|
|14. ||In My Eyes|
|15. ||Stars 4-Ever|
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52 of 55 found the following review helpful:
The complete package, sort of...Nov 22, 2010
By Andrew Ellington
I've already reviewed the three parts to this album, and so I'm doing a little `cut and paste' action with this review. I wasn't too surprised to see that this album was dropped as a complete disc, since that seems to be the mode (buy them one by one only to have it drop as one album when all is said and done) but this is one of the few occurances where buying them separate was the better way to go. While this album contains most everything that was released on the individual `parts', this album is missing a few of the best tracks (like that `Dancing on My Own' remix).
I'm glad I got the separate discs.
That said, if you shoot for this album instead you won't be missing much, and it is still SOOOO worth owning (thus the A grade).
I'm just going to break this out by the tracks included from the different parts.
`Fembot' is pretty explosive. The structure of this song is light, airy, pop-princess yumminess that totally adds the needed layers of edge that make it signature Robyn. `Dancehall Queen' may be my favorite track from that album (they are all so good though). It has an almost `Police-esque' vibe to it, with an air of Reggae influence until the bouncy chorus catches on and brings a gigantic smile to my face. Robyn has a beautiful way of making HAPPY music that is edgy enough to validate adult enjoyment. `None of Dem' is slinky, seductive and completely engaging. The original version of `Dancing on My Own' (which is the version included here) is heart-tugging in its context yet certainly worthy of dance-floor choreography. You get the idea that Robyn is the sweet and shafted heroine, which is soft and vulnerable in texture. I was never a huge fan of `Don't Tell Me What To Do', but it has grown on me a great deal.
The omissions from the actual singular disc include the remix of `Dancing on My Own', the acoustic version of `Hang With Me' (which is better than the version provided on this disc from `Pt. 2'), `Cry When I Get Older' (which is the least successful track from `Pt. 1', so it's omission is acceptable) and `Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa', which is a sad omission since it is one of the most beautiful songs she has recorded.
`Hang With Me' and `Love Kills' rely on that tinge of commercial pop-quality that Robyn understands how to layer effectively. Her delivery is smooth and enticing and her songs are incredibly catchy. I got these beautiful glimpses of her 90's work all over these songs, which added a nice splash of nostalgia to the offering. `Hang With Me' has a beautiful beat and a sweet sincerity within the vocal delivery, although I really wish they had swapped this out with the acoustic version from `Pt. 1'. `Love Kills' adds that edginess that sets Robyn apart from her former self. It is brilliantly controlled, with a pulsating beat that will send shivers, and the way that Robyn sinks her teeth into the dark side of love is splendidly realized here. Personally, `In My Eyes' is a tad generic, `We Dance to The Beat' lacks a little heart and `U Should Know Better' is a little uninspired, considering the collaboration with Snoop Dogg (the song is fun, but it just doesn't reach the heights it should have).
The omissions from the actual singular album are UNFORGIVABLE here. `Include Me Out' is stellar and should have been here. It's one of the best tracks from `Pt. 2', as is `Criminal Intent'. They also don't include the version of `Indestructible' here as well. Again, this was a bad decision. They include the version from `Pt. 3', which is far more club savvy, but this orchestral ballad should have been the version included, as it is far better.
Every track from `Pt. 3' is included here (as should be expected) and in the end I would have rather seen them exclude tracks like `Stars 4-Ever' for some of the better tracks omitted from the first two albums, but then again, I own all three `parts' so it doesn't really effect me.
The redone version of `Indestructible' (the closing track to `Body Talk Pt. 2') gets the album (or EP) opened on a great note. I loved the original version (which I still prefer), but this version is totally club ready and more in line with what we expect from Robyn. It's a strong and catchy way to get the album up and going. `Time Machine' is even better. The whole concept of the song is superb. The backing chants are a great touch; the lyrics are a nice look at a common occurrence and the way Robyn delivers everything is spot on. I love the way the chorus almost feels like a different song. It is so bubbly and catchy and the verse structure has a more straightforward and darker tone. They are perfect compliments! `Call Your Girlfriend' is my favorite track on the album. It is mellow for Robyn (despite what you may think, she does mellow VERY well) but it has her signature edge that elevates the track, and her soft vocals are stunningly effective. And then there are the last two tracks. `Get Myself Together', while very good, isn't anything compared to the greatness of `Time Machine' (it also feels a tad too familiar), and `Stars 4-Ever' is just kind of bad.
For those of you interested, here is my ranking of the album as a whole:
1) Call Your Girlfriend
2) Dancehall Queen
4) Love Kills
5) Dancing on My Own
6) Time Machine
7) None of Dem
8) Hang With Me
10) Don't Tell Me What To Do
11) Get Myself Together
12) In My Eyes
13) U Should Know Better
14) We Dance to the Beat
15) Stars 4-Ever
As you can probably guess, I strongly advice spending a little extra money and buying all three parts separately, but if you want to just get this one album know that it is still worth it and certainly contains a worthy admission to the Robyn discography.
22 of 24 found the following review helpful:
This album tops off an amazing year by RobynNov 22, 2010
For those who have not heard Body Talk 1 & 2 this really ties things together well... The 4 new songs ("time machine", "call your gf", "stars" and "get myself together") are 4 out of my favorite 7 or 8 songs out of all the Body Talk songs, which is saying a lot, they are all amazing additions. "Call Your Girlfriend" is the best of the new bunch, beat and melodies are amazing, and the idea of the "mistress" point of view is clever. My only beef is her leaving off "Cry When You Get Older" which imo was the best song she release this year. Either way this album is a must have, if Lady Gaga released this album almost every song would be #1 in the U.S. people need to stop sleeping on Robyn!
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Best Pop/Dance album of 2010 by far. Amazing!Nov 24, 2010
This album lives up to its hype. Every single song could be released as a single. You will not be disappointed!
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Amazing MusicNov 22, 2010
By R. Brinton
I lost track of Robyn after her first single over a decade ago. Within the last month, I reconnected with her work and have been blown away. The Body Talk album is amazing from top to bottom. I'm kind of glad I rediscovered her this late into the Body Talk project, because I only waited a couple weeks for this amazing compilation to come out. It's top-notch pop/electronic/dance music with catchy hooks all-around.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
4-Ever PopNov 22, 2010
This is pure perfect pop. Each song is a primer on pop craft: a great emotive voice tailored to smart, catchy lyrics married to knowing, soaring dance pop built within space--not thrown up front like so much pop today. I.e. there's great musicality in these songs, songs meant to be played LOUD on the dance floor inside your lonely head. The sequencing of the final album is flawless. And the songs don't lose steam after repeated listenings. And Robyn the person is so cute, cool and real. At least that's how I perceive her.
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