Robyn, "Body Talk Pt. 1"

Album Review

On her fifth album, "Body Talk Pt. 1," Swedish electro-pop singer Robyn proves she's ready for the dancefloor. The eight-track set-the first in a trio of releases slated for 2010-opens with the brusque "Don't Fucking Tell Me What to Do," where Robyn rattles off what's "killing" her over a pulsing beat. (Her list includes everything from TV and her mother to her manager and record label.) A house influence flourishes on the Röyksopp-assisted cut "None of Dem"; Robyn gets in touch with her urban side on "Fembot," where she raps about "sipping propane topped with a cherry"; the reggae-flavored "Dancehall Queen" stays true to its title; and the summery single "Dancing on My Own" is the closest the singer gets to delivering a big pop chorus. Robyn closes "Body Talk Pt. 1" with a haunting, delicately sung rendition of the Swedish folk ballad "Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa."