Robyn’s self-titled album is a major turning point in the career of the Swedish chanteuse. It’s the first release from her own record label Konichiwa Records and points to the real direction she wanted to take for her career to prosper. If she chose to stay in her old record company, we wouldn’t even be sure if Robyn would still be around, as is the case of most artists who are controlled too much by their record companies. They lose their motivation to perform and just quit the business. This turning point is not unusual to Robyn and comes to every artist’s life and when they feel that the direction their record company and the direction that they want to personally go to are different, then maybe parting ways would be the best thing to do. I believe this was a risky move for her because like any paths we choose to take – it could’ve gone either way. We might have lost Robyn forever or the more fortunate turn of events – still having Robyn producing great dance music then, and up to the present day. Auspiciously, her fans have continued to support her songs even after she left her record company and good thing is she came up with really strong inventive dance beats that continued to improve her brand as a credible and reliable dance artist. All these are exhibited in this self-titled album of hers. I say reliable because although fans won’t mind if their favorite artist experiments once in a while, they do need to hear a bit of the old stuff as well in the new stuff – just to ensure some sort of continuity. Robyn does that deftly in this album, with hits that became staples in dance clubs all over Europe and around the world. Even here in our part of Asia, some of Robyn’s songs from this album were being played in our local dance clubs at that time, and were choreographed by dance instructors in the hip hop and retro pop dance classes around Manila. I strongly feel that allowing Robyn to chart her own musical path has been providential to both the artist and her fans. And I’m really glad she decided that way because although this is not really my most favorite album of hers, she went on to produce even more original and innovative work in the future. For now, her subsequent compilation album, Body Talk is for the moment, my most favorite work of hers – and in my opinion, the strongest and most fascinating artistically.