With regard to the pop music narrations that we will remember in 2018, the most enduring will probably be a fiction: "A Star is Born", the favorite of Oscar who cries and who, despite all his charms, has a rather weak opinion about pop. Stop me if you've heard this before, the movie seems to say, with its supposed family history of Lady Gaga's Ally, a young artist who leaves behind the authentic composition and sincere work of her early days for costumes. Dance routines and soulless successes. It's supposed to be the story we're all supposed to know is true about pop music, how genre is what makes you famous, but maybe it's not the same.
And then there is Robyn, "Honey", the best pop album of 2018, which shows that there are so many wonders of the genre that the film does not mind telling. Pop is supposed to be a genre that belongs to the brightest young people; Robyn is 39, and has been in the game for decades, first famous in her native country, Sweden, and then crossing the pond to become a favorite favorite of critics in the states. And now he's making the best music of his career.
It is expected that pop stars are operating in a defection machine of new successes; Robyn took eight years to make "Honey," after following her beloved 2010 album "Body Talk" by moving away from music for nearly a decade. Far from soulless pop bangers, some of the most enduring successes of the Swedish singer, in particular her great hit "Dancing On My Own", are hymns found on the dance floor. Her heartbreaking dance sequence by a woman in the music video for "Call Your Girlfriend" is the perfect antidote to the kind of forced and over rehearsed routines that Lady Gaga's character attempts in the movie.
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And beyond that, "Honey" does not sound like the album of a pop star interested in filling out her release with as many hits as possible. "Honey" is the slowest album of Robyn's career, its nine tracks focused on the laser are inspired by club music instead of pop radio, characterized by reduced rhythms that develop slowly over the course of the songs, Sometimes it becomes an evocative climax, sometimes leaving the listener waiting for a great moment that Robyn decides never to materialize.
"Honey" can be a dance album, but its overwhelming emotion is distressing, from the brilliant sadness of its first single "Missing U" to the chorus of "While It's In The Music" that sums up the mission statement of the album, "because it's in the music / Yes, we were dancing / I'm back in that moment / And I want to cry". And considering how lean "Honey" is, without a single production blooming out of place, it's Unrestricted moments are much more shocking, as when her brilliant closing theme "Ever Again" bursts into a synths euphoria in the final moments of the album.
That's also why some listeners, who may be waiting for the "Honey" song list to be as stacked as some of their previous albums, might be disappointed by the slower pace and the less populous hooks. But, when you remember that Robyn, like our star of "Star is Born" Ally, began her career as a young pop star, it is clear that "Honey" is the kind of album she has fought all her life. able to liberate, an honest manifestation of his art that is unique and purely his.
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