We didn't want to be too quick with our reaction to Robyn's 'Body Talk PT2', partly because we didn't want to rush into saying how amazing it was but also — after listening through it once — because we didn't want to rush into saying that it felt slightly underwhelming.
Well, after a few days of living with the album we can report that the news is this:
» It feels like a different album to 'Body Talk PT1', although it pulls off similar tricks. It's like someone telling you a story you've heard before while wearing a different hat to keep it interesting.
» It's not as strong as its predecessor but it's far stronger than it at first seems — the songs feels like they're more confident and less desperate to please on first listen, which we suppose makes sense because 'Body Talk PT1' did the proper re-introduction business and 'Body Talk PT3' will be doing the selling-around-Christmas gruntwork, so 'Body Talk PT2' can relax a little.
» In terms of a brief track by track 'In My Eyes' and 'Include Me Out' both feel like an affectionate updated throwback to Robyn's 'Keep This Fire Burning'-era songwriting, the reswizzled 'Hang With Me' fills this album's tears-on-the-dancefloor emotronic highspirited downheartened gloompop quota, 'Love Kills' is an upbeat wibbly affair, 'We Dance To The Beat' is a bottom-heavy, tune-agnostic club track, 'Criminal Intent' is a 'Fembots'-esque romp, 'U Should Know Better' is the rather frenetic Snoop Dogg collaboration which to these ears doesn't quite work as well as it should, and 'Indestructible' is a classic Robyn uberballad destined, we suspect, to reappear on 'Body Talk PT3' in a different form.
You're probably already starting to think about your 'Best Of Body Talk' playlists — well, we'll be adding 'Include Me Out', 'Hang With Me', 'Love Kills' and 'Indestructible' to ours, bringing the running total to ten tracks. Add four more from 'Body Talk PT3' (if the third installment is indeed a brand new selection of eight songs) and we'll have a cataclysmically brilliant 14-track album. Hurrah.