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Honey

Robyn

Honey

First solo album for eight years from the Swedish pop star includes collaborations with Joseph Mount of Metronomy, Klas Åhlund and Adam Bainbridge

ADM rating[?]

8.3

Label
Island
UK Release date
26/10/2018
US Release date
26/10/2018
  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Alienation and rejuvenation, a stunning album
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    By manipulating the modern pop palette to craft a complex heartbreak album, Robyn shows her imitators how it’s done
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  3. 9.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Honey is a near-flawless dance pop album. It doesn’t need political or cultural commentary to assert relevancy; in Robyn’s deep understanding of human emotion and what moves us, Honey feels dire all the same. Release through dance has long been a tactic wielded by humankind, but rarely has it felt this inclusive, kind and positively radiant
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  4. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Honey is full of surprises and perfectly encapsulates what makes Robyn’s such an exceptional artist
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  5. 9.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Like a great DJ set, songs morph into one another thematically and structurally, most notably in the album’s central triptych
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  6. 9.0 |   All Music

    Returning from years of grief and healing, the pop mastermind delivers some of her most satisfying and innovative music
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  7. 9.0 |   music OMH

    It can be taken as superficially perfect pop music, or you can listen a little deeper and hear just how intricately woven her heartbreak anthems really are. She is an artist in the truest sense. And Honey is her latest masterpiece.
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  8. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Honey is primed in its fearlessness and repositions Robyn to reclaim her pop empire
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  9. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    Her masterful command of emotions on the dancefloor slowly reveals itself across another enthralling record
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  10. 8.4 |   Resident Advisor

    Throughout Honey, the pure, raw emotion that has always defined Robyn's music is still there. Now, she's just dancing to a different beat
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  11. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A soft and sad record, drenched in beautiful melodies and irresistible beats
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  12. 8.0 |   NME

    Robyn brings together jarring and disparate emotions, immortalising them in magical pop amber
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  13. 8.0 |   Clash

    Turning bittersweet memories into utter pop perfection
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  14. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    For Robyn, making music is an ongoing exercise in expression, and when heartbreak threatened to silence her, she apparently let the songs do the talking. And the healing
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  15. 8.0 |   DIY

    It finds its peace in a quieter, more open space
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  16. 8.0 |   Q

    A deconstruction of heartbreak pulling out all the emotional cogs and catches with the precision of a watchmaker. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Nine songs that glow and pulse with bittersweet sensuality
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  18. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    By filtering her innate melodic nous through the prism of club music, Robyn pushes the dance-pop hybrid into exciting new territory. As ever, purists need not apply
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  19. 8.0 |   The Music

    Even at her darkest, there is the most joyous, deliriously euphoric vibe about this album
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  20. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    No bangers but loads of sad electro-pop gems
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  21. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    The grooves are a bit deeper, the emotions remain true and, as the title suggests, the tracks are sticky as hell, stuck rattling around in your head for days
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  22. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    Honey could be just another simple dance pop album in anyone else's hands, but Robyn makes it special
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  23. 8.0 |   The FT

    After a long wait, the independent popstar’s return is informed by grief and heartbreak
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  24. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s not an album of pop hits. It sounds like she’s outgrown the charts and gone somewhere even more appealing
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  25. 8.0 |   The Observer

    A sensual odyssey into clubland
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  26. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Listening to Robyn’s music is itself a heartbreak survival strategy for so many of us: we’ll always need the hurt of Body Talk, but the soft liberation of Honey could sustain us — and Robyn — for longer
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  27. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    With a bit of luck, Honey will sell millions of copies. But musically, it may serve more to open musical doors than create its own unique legacy
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