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Robyn

Perky bubble-gum pop masks the swearing.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Robyn's take-no-prisoners attitude sets a fine example for girls battling traditional sexist roles.

Violence

Some violent imagery as metaphor completely defused by perky instrumentals.

Sex

Innuendo is more cynical than sexual: "Good girls are sexy like everyday/I'm only sexy when I say it's OK/I just can't deal with the rules."

Language

The "S" and "F" words are used occasionally and with great enthusiasm; "bitch" pops up here and there, too.

Consumerism

No product placement in lyrics; insert contains ads for ringtones and other CDs.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple drug and drinking references make occasional appearances in the lyrics.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Robyn's unique style combines a perky dance-party sound with joyful, whole-hearted delight in the occasional expletive. The songs also have some minor drug references.

What's the story?

Robin Carlsson, aka Robyn, is a Swedish pop diva whose fourth album combines bubbling dance tracks, baby-doll vocals, and strong hip-hop vocabulary to create a charming, unique, and nearly-irresistible musical confection. Older listeners will hear influences as diverse as Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Prince while younger fans will be enchanted by Robyn's lively playfulness and take-no-prisoners attitude.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Sassy and in-your-face, the lyrics contain some four-letter words ("s--t," "f--k") and families concerned about that might want to seek out the edited version. But the expletives (as well as occasional violent and drug-related images), when shouted with delight over percolating dance tracks in a baby-girl simper, don't pack much of a wallop -- especially when followed by songs with "nah nah nah nah nah" choruses worthy of any elementary-school playground.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the medium versus the message. Do four-letter words lose their visceral effect when sung sweetly? Do you think Robyn's music would be just as interesting without them?

Music details

Artist:Robyn
Release date:April 29, 2008
Label:Cherrytree
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written byJulia from Sweden April 1, 2011

Perfect for teens

Nn explicit sexual images, no nudity in videos or on stage. Robyn's lyrics are mostly clean and there's the occational moral lesson. I adore her music new and fresh AND appropriate! Yay!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old March 4, 2014

Robyn - Best pop album of 2007.

The title says it all. I love it! "Robyn" has some great tracks on it, "With Every Heartbeat", "Dream On" and "Cobrastyle", to name a few. However, Robyn does have some not-so-G-rated content. Here's my evaluation: Violence - Mild (1/5). Just some mild imagery in a couple of songs. Language - Elevated (3/5). Occasional use of the F, sh and B words. I'd give it a 13+.
What other families should know
Too much swearing