"Konnichiwa, bitches."Describe Robyn here.
Okay, but first we're going to need some rain, thunder, and some hell's bells.
Robyn Miriam Carlsson, known by her stage name
Robyn, is a Swedish
singer-songwriter, who is mostly famous in Europe for her hit single "With Every Heartbeat".
In the 1990s, Robyn was hailed as a typical pop act, with no quirks or otherwise. Her 1995 album, Robyn is Here,
even saw two top ten songs on America's Billboard top ten. After this, she released two further albums, My Truth
in 1999, and Don't Stop The Music
in 2002, to moderate acclaim in her native Sweden, but to lukewarm success in America and elsewhere.
When she wanted to branch out into her own creative styles, her record label refused
, causing her to split ties with them
. With help from Karin Dreijer-Andersson of The Knife
, she formed her own record label, and produced a self-titled album, with a much more... well, let's just say that Robyn was very influenced by Karin's musical style
. What was created is best described as snarkily danceable synthballads... or something like that
Although she is still largely mainstream only in Europe, Robyn has been gaining recognition in North America due to her most recent album, Body Talk.
Robyn provides examples of:
- Badass Boast: "Curriculum Vitae", and "You Should Know Better" are two of the most badass you will ever hear (if slightly exaggerated).
- Boastful Rap: "Konichiwa Bitches", bordering on Affectionate Parody.
- Breakup Song: "Call Your Girlfriend" (which takes the uncommon form of the Other Woman's advice to the breaker-upper), "Dancing On My Own", "With Every Hearbeat", and "Be Mine!".
- The Cover Changes The Gender: Averted in her cover of Prince's "Jack U Off".
- Deadpan Snarker: Half of her songs are this.
- Department of Redundancy Department: In "Konichiwa Bitches": "This shit is gettin' heavy like it weighs a ton." Also a Captain Obvious moment.
- Dream Team: Her collaborations with Royksopp.
- Even the Girls Want Her
- Gratuitous Japanese: Her record label is Konichiwa Records.
- Greatest Hits Album: "Det bästa med Robyn".
- "I Am Great!" Song: "Robyn Is Here", "Konichiwa Bitches", and "U Should Know Better", among others.
- Love Makes You Crazy: "My Only Reason", where she sings about how "love can make you do crazy things".
- Ms. Fanservice: While not showing much skin.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She sings about rather realistic regrets and desires to go back and change them in "Time Machine".
- Odd Friendship: With Snoop Dogg. They've made 3 songs together, all of which are Crowning Music of Awesome.
- The Oner: "Call Your Girlfriend." It takes some serious chops to completely captivate the viewer for the length of a music video with nothing but dancing and lights
- Punk in the Trunk: The end of "Konichiwa Bitches": "tape you up good, put you in the trunk, see you next tuesday, you is a punk"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With herself, actually. She has two personalities in her music. In some songs, she's overly confident to the point of being over-the-top; in others, she is sensitive, sombre and heartfelt.
- Self-Titled Album: "Robyn". "Robyn Is Here" is a nearly-eponymous one with a nearly-eponymous song also called "Robyn Is Here".
- Small Name, Big Ego: Mostly Played for Laughs.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Crash and Burn Girl" and "Handle Me".
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Konichiwa Bitches"
- Time Machine: The song, er, "Time Machine", has her singing about wanting one.
- Unkempt Beauty
- Wham Line: Her collaborative song with Röyksopp, "Do It Again", sounds like an innocuous dancefloor filler ("Wait for the build up / And then let's do it again") until the middle eight comes and the context of the full song is laid bare:
"We can not be friends. We'll just do it again. If you stay around, we'll just do it again."