Wow, what a difference an album makes. A few months ago Robyn released `Body Talk pt. 1'. hen I reviewed `Body Talk Pt. 1' I just wasn't all that impressed with the effort. It felt like a completely random collection of songs, not all of them were good or album worthy, thus the small tracklist felt a bit wasted and didn't seem to be worth the money. That isn't the case with this second installment, much to my delight. It's a strong release and is really a dance/pop album with really only one track that feels out of sync with the others.
The Good: What works best with this second installment of `Body Talk' is that the entire album feels more cohesive and focused. While the first volume's tracks felt like a sampling of different beats, genres and styles, most of this album's tracks are very dance orientated and sound like they were inspired by `80s music. "In My Eyes" kicks off the album with synths and is nothing but a fun, carefree, bouncy dance track; "Include Me Out" has Robyn's usual rapping that showcases her great humor, wit and attitude; "Love Kills" is a menacing track that contains a cautionary tale of the dangers of love. Unlike the first volume, a lot of the tracks feel very pop and dance and Robyn and her producers waste no track on trying something that doesn't work. I was able to listen to all eight tracks without feeling that there was a skip-worthy one or that half the album was wasted.
The Bad: With this being a shorter album than usual, there are fewer tracks to listen to and rate. For some, one or two tracks may not be worth buying which will still make the price and shorter format questionable. "We Dance to the Beat" was the one track that felt like it came out of left field. Unlike the rest of the album, it drops the dance beat and catchy lyrics and slips into an electronic, lyrically monotonous "song" that's mostly overly processed, auto-tuned vocals. In all, it's dull and brings the album down a bit. I was also not entirely impressed with her collaboration with Snoop Dogg "U Should Know Better" that felt a bit too forced and lame with all the cursing.
`Body Talk Pt. 2' was definitely a huge improvement over the first volume of music. It's more cohesive with the first half being very '80s dance inspired and the later half being more beat-driven. It's fun with sharper lyrics and it actually feels like an album where as the first part felt like a bunch of random songs slapped together on an album. The entire feel and vibe of the album, including the cover art, is bright, hip, fresh and exciting and there was only one wasted track in my opinion, and that was "We Dance to the Beat". If you're looking for fun dance music, check out this release from Robyn.
Listen to These: "Include Me Out", "Criminal Intent", "Indestructible (Acoustic Version)"