Robyn - Robyn

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. It's one of the few Europop albums that not only deserves worldwide domination, but also has a really good chance of achieving it.
  2. Robyn defines what she's all about. Even if it took a few years to put together the label and album (and a few more to get it released everywhere), this is the pop tour de force that Robyn has always had in her.
  3. Robyn has assured her contemporaries that pop life does not end as a tweenie, that pop music can be for adults, and that adults can be Do It Yourself indie artists, so long as one thing is in place: talent.
  4. Really, the most impressive thing about Robyn is just how timeless it is proving to be.
  5. The overall mood is light even when the lyrics get pointed--which is plenty of the time.
  6. Her pop fun is a bit knowing-- she's 26 after all. But trust the Swedes. They know what they're doing with this sort of thing.
  7. Her UK debut album manages to piece together many of the elements of her chameleon-like career (Robyn is essentially a Best Of collection) and come up with what is the most inventive pop album you’ll hear all year.
  8. A record to throw yourself into with the same glee Robyn clearly has.
  9. 80
    The hooks come off-kilter and all killer.
  10. 80
    Robyn achieves the sort of pure pop perfection that her more mainstream records never did. [May 2008, p.108]
  11. Robyn is definitely a slow-burner (unusual for a dance record, which typically provides a more immediate, transient gratification), but it's also everything pop music should be: provocative, poignant, inventive, and fun.
  12. The sassy Swede gives Madge something to think about.
  13. From the cheeky hip-hop of 'Konichiwa Bitches' and the warped bass underpinning her cover of Teddybears' 'Cobra Style' to the Kylie Minogue-esque 'With Every Heartbeat' and sweeping strings carrying 'Be Mine,' the album holds 14 sassy and sweet dance pop gems.
  14. Clearly Robyn knows her pop history, but she manages to prevent the album from slipping into simple pastiche by always keeping the balance between old and new just right.
  15. Sexy without being pandering, arty without being pretentious, Robyn is a public service: a record that can make indie-minded geeks dance without shame.
  16. Her appeal is questionable when she tries to sound like an American rapper, but on tracks where she just sings--the immaculate junk symphony of 'Be Mine,' the excellently Japanese 'Bum Like You,' the Autobahn power-ballad 'With Every Heartbeat'--she gives Europop a swift Swedish energy and presence.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 46
  2. Negative: 4 out of 46
  1. Jul 21, 2012
    In my opinion, Robyn defined herself with this absolutely amazing album for the very first time. With Curriculum Vitae she introduces herself (in a quite exaggerated way) and over the course of listening to the album we get to know her cheeky rapping, her sweet voice as well as some really heartbroken and calm moments she decided to share with us on this album. Special highlights on 'Robyn' are With Every Heartbeat, Crash And Burn Girl and Handle Me. Full Review »
  2. Apr 21, 2011
    Definitely a fresh breath of air in pop music. Robyn is a true artist, not your typical manufactured pop dancing machine. She proves indubitably that pop music can have soul, too. Full Review »
  3. Sep 22, 2010
    Excellent album. THe songs are great and keep you dancing. I have all of robyn's albums and let me tell you...this one brings it home. Check it out if you wanna dance Full Review »