What parents need to know
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?
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?