Album Review: “Honey” by Robyn

43766815_10156640805402530_4485212077807370240_nI think my mom and I have been in love with Robyn for several years now! Technically, my mom only likes one of her earliest tracks, whereas I have been listening to her music since 2010. So to say that I was excited to see the Swedish EDM singer back with a new album is a bit of an understatement! “Honey” came out in late October, but I’ve had to wait a bit to finally listen to it all the way through and share my thoughts with you guys!

This review will be kind of short in a way, as the album itself consists of only nine tracks. I figured it would be a lot more than that, but I’m willing to deal with this.

The first song that begins our musical journey is “Missing U” and I was so happy to hear that standard Robyn sound. She’s really into the electronica sound, I feel like the ones she usually uses always remind me of how EDM used to be in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. She also has a very high-pitched, sweet voice that tends to make you feel loved while you listened to each one. The song though, is a really good starter, as it’s light but has enough of a dance-y vibe going on that it still makes you happy! Next is “Human Being” and this was the only track that has a featured singer on it: Zhala. Now I’ve never heard of this person before, which isn’t uncommon for me, but all I’ve been able to get out of my research is that she’s pop singer too and what’s really cool is that she’s signed to Robyn’s record label! I actually like this one as it has a darker tone, it’s still pop-y and has a nice groove to it but the sound itself is sort of mysterious and makes the two of them sound like one person, which I don’t usually like but in this case I was okay with it.

Third is called “Because It’s In The Magic” and the synths on this made me think of Christmas music! I don’t know if it was because I have Christmas albums to review later on and I’m just getting myself in the holiday spirit, but then I look at the title and I figured maybe this was on purpose, this might be the song I’ve ever come across that isn’t a Christmas song that sounds exactly like one in every way! Afterwards, there’s “Baby Forgive Me” and this has a real sensual feeling all throughout the song. I liked the atmospheric vibe going on, it kind of took over quickly, but I didn’t mind that calmness it brought to me.

“Send To Robin Immediately” is on now and I was a little confused with this at first, but when it first started I thought it was going to continue on with the same lyrics of the previous song, just with a different beat. After we get to the middle of it is where it kind of breaks off into its own track, but really it’s sporadic with its words, so mostly all you hear is this somewhat annoying beat all the way through. The sixth track is the title track “Honey” and I really enjoyed the lovey dovey vibe you get with this one. I also really liked the stripped beginning–as she just sang in a capella. It has a nice trance type of sound to it, but it was really light so it fit really well with the lyrics of the actual song.

We’re almost finished with the album, but continuing on we have “Between The Lines” and I really liked the seductive lyrics with this one, which threw me for a loop. Oh and the male voice featured in it! But don’t ask me who it is, because even I don’t know, but I think what really sold it to me was this cosmopolitan beat, the best way to describe what I mean is literally “perfect catwalk music” more like a Victoria’s Secret fashion show since it does have a sexy attitude to it.  If I thought the last one was bringing me old Madonna vibes, “Beach2k20” just added onto it! There’s really no lyrics, but you definitely have a beach-y vibe going on with this, it’s not in your face and I think that’s why I really liked it. Lastly is “Ever Again” and we go back to a normal pop beat with real lyrics! One thing I thought was interesting was the fact that this had a less of a dance worthy type of beat with it, and so it has more a pop-rock sound going on instead. It was kind of a motivational song too, for all of those broken hearts out there! It really good for the final song!

I thought this was a really nice album! If you’re missing the summer, which majority of us are at the moment, because we’re already tired of wearing layer after layer of clothing or seeing giant piles of snow in your front yard, this could be perfect for you, because it does have a bubbly, bikini, and summer fling going on throughout the entire thing.

Tell me, have you listened to Robyn’s new album “Honey” yet? Do you think it was as good as her last or are you okay with the new sound she’s bringing with this?

Tune Tuesday | Sweden

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A few weeks ago, when I was talking about The Netherlands, I explained in the first paragraph that there were two places where I am excited to talk about and I have to say Sweden was my second place! Both places have generated a lot of great music for me in the last five, six years now.

I think I should probably list the only male that I had written down into my day planner. I heard Alesso the first time last November when his hit single with another Swedish singer that I’ll be discussing in a minute Tove Lo with their hit song “Heroes” and who knew at that time that it would actually start up my EDM obsession. You were to look through my Starred playlist on Spotify, from mid-November to late January, there is only one dance track and its this song in this time period by February all hell had broken lose apparently because I have so much that I’ve starred in that genre that it seems a little crazy! Back to Tove Lo, I wasn’t into her first single “Habits” like everybody was when it first came out so when I heard this song, I think it started everything as far as me getting into her music.

Last year’s post I talked about ex-Nightwish singer Anette Olzon and she runs her own blog too! Back a couple of years when I was really reading every post she published.. she likes to share music she’s found on Spotify and new/old artists from her country, Zara Larsson was one of them. I had watched the video she had shared on the blog post and I remember she included the words “she sounds like Rihanna” at first I thought she was kidding, but nope she wasn’t! She’s got very a unique voice! I really like it! I also follow Zara’s blog too! Thank god for Google translator! Lastly, this lady is probably my first Swedish singer I ever got into, back in later months of 2010 I heard this song called “Dancing On My Own” and I have to say before going through this EDM phase, I’d only listen to it maybe 2 days and then I’d be done for a few months. So I found this song on one of those times and I remember buying it immediately because I loved it so much! Later on, I heard “Hang With Me” and even though I never bought that song too, I still love it just as much. To end this, how to tell my mom that the “Show Me Love” song by her is by a Swedish singer? Because I’m betting money she doesn’t know that yet!