【review/rate】robyn / honey

released 2018, konichiwa records.

If you’ve been on the hunt for a pop experience that will throw everything you thought you knew about the medium out of the window, look no further.  I’m just gonna come out and say it : Honey is quite possibly the most sincere, raw and brilliantly produced pop album of 2018.  There’s simply nothing like it, and I’m fucking obsessed.

In case you weren’t aware, this is Robyn’s first album release since 2010’s “Body Talk”, and a lot has changed in the time since for the songstress.  Drawing from personal tragedy (Robyn lost her longtime collaborator/friend Christian Falk to cancer in 2014) and heartbreak, “Honey” tells us a story, one that tugs at the heartstrings in some of its emotionally rawest moments (Intro “Missing U” kicks the album off on a somber note  with it’s “All of the plans we made / That never happened / Now your scent on my pillow’s faded / At least you left me with something” moment in the first verse.), and continues to take us down the rabbit hole of an emotional breakdown and heartache, before rising up again, like phoenix from ash with the beyond brilliant closer “Ever again”.

There are so many moments, both lyrical and musical on “Honey” that i’d probably have to write an entirely separate feature just to give you an idea on how much depth is spread across this record. That being said, there are even some funner and whimsical moments on the record, such as the fantastic “Beach 2k20”, a quirky loungepop song that serves as an extended interlude to the final track.  “Between the Lines” is another clubbier track that elevates the energy, and is also quite the earworm.

As you all might know by now, i’m a bit of a stickler for album sequencing, and “Honey” absolutely excels with its tracklisting.  This is a release that tells a story, and every single track plays a part somehow and some way.  It’s truly a journey intended for you to sit back and listen to in one sitting in my opinion, because it all just flows so well.  While the album only clocks in at 40 minutes across 9 tracks, every song has its purpose and narrative, and not a single one stands out of place or seems like an afterthought.

Don’t pass this one up, it’s almost a spiritual experience for anyone who’s ever been through emotional turmoil and can relate to the material that Robyn writes of throughout each song. “Honey” should be on everyone’s playlist for years to come, and it was worth the near decade-long wait.

  1. Missing U ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Human being (feat.Zhala) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Because it’s in the music ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Baby forgive me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Send to Robin immediately ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Honey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Between the lines ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Beach 2k20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Ever again ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Must-Listen : Ever again, Baby forgive me, Honey, Human Being
(Honestly though, listen to the entire album. It’s a fucking experience.)

Skip : ………………….
(Yeah, don’t skip a single song.)

Stream “Honey” on Spotify and Apple Music.

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