Robyn - 02 ABC, Glasgow, Mon 18 Oct 2010
Sweden's electro dissident triumphs with precision electro-pop anthems
From her beginnings as a 90s teen-pop icon to her 00s domination of the hipster blogosphere, Sweden’s electro dissident, Robyn, has beaten a colourful path to stardom. She’s in Glasgow, replete with windmills and excessive strobe-lighting, while touring the three-album follow up to her revered mid-00s long-player, Robyn.
She doesn’t perform much from that eponymous breakthrough album – save for the ubiquitous 2007 chart-topper ‘With Every Heartbeat’. What we’re served up instead are multiple electro-fired highlights – and various day-glo, rap-spattered curveballs – from Robyn’s current, year-long Body Talk triumvirate (Part III will be released later this month).
She kicks off proceedings with the victorious double-header of ‘Fembot’ and ‘Cry When You Get Older’ – both of which benefit from a brawny backing band of double drummers and double synths. The crowd (including countless Robyn-a-likes) are clearly here for the hits, and hence go hands and phones-aloft for precision electro-pop anthems like ‘In My Eyes’, ‘Hang With Me’ and ‘Dancing On My Own’.