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Body Talk

Album by Robyn
2010, 16 tracks, 1 hour 3 mins 16 sec

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Jan 09, 2020

2010s, BEST OF THE DECADE.

Do you think that ten years go a long way? Does anyone doubt it? I say: Yes. We are going to do a quick review: we enter this decade in the middle of the dance era. It seemed that the music was ready to give us a sigh at the difficult economic situation that society was experiencing, so it sent us directly to the dance floor. Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, etc. joined forces with DJs such as Calvin Harris or David Guetta, while the great Adele oasis appeared. Leaving aside the R&B, which experienced a great period of drought, dance began to flirt with different styles of music such as pop, country or hip-hop, which was the most benefited. And, naturally, like the same evolution, this last genre, along with rap, was gaining strength, to take over the following years. The music divas left their heels in the discos to put on large gold chains and approach the slums. Among all, Miley Cyrus seemed to rise with the throne to the most disembodied. But, following the power of this genre, something began to resurface slowly, but without pause: a new wave of young talents opted for the R&B of yesteryear given the pull of hip-hop and rap. This genre, gained strength, living a slight golden age that lasts until today. But it was not only that, given the lack of novelty given by repeated bases offered by dance and hip-hop, experimentation was the order of the day. The great artists decided to redeem themselves: Rihanna launched Anti, fleeing from anything she had done so far and offering her most personal work. Following her example (or Beyoncé's with 4, as you can see), many others did, relating “personal” with “country” (#choices), giving this genre a huge role in the second half of the decade. This search for the “new me” by the female singers, accompanied by some albums that surprised how Selena Gomez's Revival offered a great movement that has flourished beautifully: the anti-pop princess. A movement that has supported the diversity of sounds, aspects and formulas and given many the power to believe in their point of view. All this has helped that in recent years we have experienced an evolution of the genres: dominated by pop and Latin, all have been molded according to the vision of each artist, adding nuances that make a genre not only that genre, is something plus. Giving wealth to the world of music. And it seems that this is not going to stop. Now more than ever technologies help to consume music in a dizzying way, so much so that it is difficult to keep track of everything that is released. It is much easier for novel artists to release their music and there will be a gap. This is why the era of legends is slowly coming to an end. It is increasingly difficult to stand out given the large number of artists willing to contribute their grain of sand. And is that ... how many songs have been released during these 10 years? How many artists have emerged? Would you be able to stay with just one song of the decade? We have lost count, but what we are sure of is without them the world would have been a worse place. Here goes our top200 of the decade.

Written by @FerSP from Fernando Sempere
May 24, 2019

The Body Talk Series of Mini-Albums Unleashes the Dance Prowess of Robyn

Frankly, I did not expect the girl who sang and came out in the US hits Do You Know (What It Takes) and Show Me Love (both peaked at #7) would be able to build a music career and earn the respect of her dance peers for almost 23 years. I first encountered Robyn in 1997 because of those hits. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to follow up her career because back in those days, we didn’t have the Internet to instantly inform us of our favorite artists’ new releases. Since Robyn was not American but Swedish, information about her work was slow to filter to our side of Asia. I really thought she disappeared and I was very surprised to hear that she got a Grammy nomination for her song “Call Your Girlfriend” which is in this album I am reviewing. The song is undeniably great and she deserved that nomination. To follow up on that information, I decided to give a listen to the album Body Talk, which contained that song, hoping to uncover more danceable tunes from her. Body Talk is actually a composite of three mini-albums, Body Talk Pt. 1, Body Talk Pt. 2, and Body Talk Pt. 3. She decided to choose the best songs among the three albums and release a full album entitled Body Talk. I don’t know if she had to do this just so she can edit her work, because all three mini-albums were released within one calendar year, which is an impressive output for any artist. Nevertheless, Body Talk is one of the most impressive dance albums I have listened to, arguably one of the best ever made in this category. She came up with a great concept and used different dance beats to showcase her sound. Although the overall feel is futuristic – the album is not cold and distant. It is in fact capable of touching our feelings and igniting the irony of our actions, especially in that clever song “Call Your Girlfriend” There are songs here which are so original in concept and so witty in lyrical content that it blew me away the first time I listened to them. It is a gem of an album and I’m glad I didn’t come too late to her party.

Written by @tonyfabelous from Fabelousity

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Album Info

"Body Talk"

Artist

Released

  • Jan 01, 2010

Genres

  • Alternative/Indie Rock
  • Dance-Pop
  • Pop

Label

  • Konichiwa
  • Konichiwa

Producer

  • Jocke Åhlund
  • Klas Åhlund
  • Patrik Berger
  • Billboard
  • Diplo
  • Douster
  • Kleerup
  • Max Martin
  • Niggaracci
  • Robyn
  • Röyksopp
  • Savage Skulls
  • Shellback
  • Jocke Åhlund
  • Klas Åhlund
  • Billboard
  • Max Martin
  • Shellback

Studio

  • Apmamman
  • Apmamman Stockholm
  • Cosmos
  • Maratone
  • Östberga
  • The Record Plant, Hollywood, CA

About

Body Talk is the seventh studio album by Swedish recording artist Robyn. It was released on 22 November 2010, by Konichiwa Records. Robyn first announced in early 2010 that she would release three mini-albums throughout the course of 2010, however, it was later announced that a full-length album would be released opposed to a third mini-album. The first two mini-albums of what was dubbed the Body Talk series, Body Talk Pt. 1 and Body Talk Pt. 2, were released in June and September 2010. The two albums saw two single releases, with Robyn citing that only one single would be released per mini-album.
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