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  • Summary: The first full-length release in eight years for the Swedish artist features contributions from with Joseph Mount of Metronomy, Klas Åhlund, Adam Bainbridge, Mr. Tophat, and Zhal.
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Missing U
Baby it's so real to me now that it's over The space where you used to be Your head on my shoulder All of the plans we made that never happened Now... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Oct 26, 2018
    100
    Real emotion never gets old. Honey is moving in more senses than one, a hypnotically groovy dance floor opus, set to the beat of Robyn’s tender heart.
  2. Oct 26, 2018
    90
    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.
  3. Oct 29, 2018
    90
    Robyn's Honey is the lead contender for best pop album of 2018.
  4. Oct 26, 2018
    80
    [Missing U's] Thudding kick drum pounds away underneath defiant lyrics of heartache, and it’s as affecting as she’s ever been. It’s the rest of the record, though, that really excels, pointing the way forward for an artist changing her tune.
  5. Oct 29, 2018
    80
    At nine lean but often seemingly formless tracks, Honey feels raw and incomplete, like a work in progress--and maybe that’s the point.
  6. Oct 26, 2018
    80
    Honey, sparkling yet subtly realized and constantly in motion, follows Robyn from the precipice of heartbreak into the club and onto the beach, and eventually toward something resembling redemption.
  7. Oct 25, 2018
    70
    Honey is a fine record, a consistent record and a thoroughly enjoyable record. But it is not a great record, and in comparison with the standard she has set for herself previously, this is a mild (though fleeting) disappointment. That said, there is still a clear and beating heart here and the sheer humanity of Robyn’s musical soul remains one of the most beautiful things in contemporary music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Robyn's Honey is the most interesting pop music I've heard in years. The direction she went in with this new album is incredible. This isRobyn's Honey is the most interesting pop music I've heard in years. The direction she went in with this new album is incredible. This is definitely her best! Expand
  2. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Honey, is an spectacular record, worth the wait, and with 9 songs it doesn’t overstay it’s welcome.
  3. Oct 30, 2018
    10
    Pro: Every track is pure genius. Just brilliant in every way.
    Con: The album only has 9 tracks. Definitely not enough.
  4. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Deep, personal, sensual, amazing Pop album by Robyn truly a genius at what she does!
  5. Oct 31, 2018
    9
    An impressive album - especially after the eight years it took Robyn to craft this new record - and probably the best pop album of the year.An impressive album - especially after the eight years it took Robyn to craft this new record - and probably the best pop album of the year. The singles ("Missing U" and the title track) are "pure Robyn," mixing catchy lyrics & melodies and great electronic production with a certain sensuality and melancholy. Those two songs were already great and did their job perfectly, but the rest of "Honey" is a bit more surprising and experimental. On songs like "Human Being" and "Baby Forgive Me" the Swedish singer plays and experiments with her vocals and hypnotic presence, creating two wonderfully weird and refined pop songs. On "Ever Again," Robyn surprises us with a 90s girl-rock influenced anthem and provides sublime elevator music on "Beach2k20," proving that you can be an avant-garde pop artist who experiments with your sound and still be - a lot of - fun. The most striking aspect of "Honey" is how the songs can be fun and experimental but are very reflective and carry the melancholy that has, over the years, become Robyn's signature. This album is fascinating and the production is just so complex and deconstructed that the songs are never not interesting. "Honey" is pop music at its finest and one the most interesting pieces of music we've heard this year!

    Key tracks: Honey, Baby Forgive Me, Between The Lines.
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  6. Oct 30, 2018
    9
    Honey (the album) isn’t what I expected from Robyn after 8 years, but then it feels like the most Robyn album ever.
    I’m not sure if a track
    Honey (the album) isn’t what I expected from Robyn after 8 years, but then it feels like the most Robyn album ever.
    I’m not sure if a track sequencing has ever given me a clearer feeling of this is what I was (Missing You) gradually moving through to this is who I am now (Ever Again), with a sidestep here or there into the distant past, or reaching across to something new.
    There’s a lot of emotion packed into these nine songs, but little trace of the bombastic Dancing On My Own weep on a dance floor exaggeration. There’s a calmness, a maturity there, coupled with some very 90’s beats peddled throughout, especially on Beach2k20, and the house inspired Between The Lines.
    The cohesion of it all stops it feeling short, and more of a piece, and it wouldn’t surprise if we get a Ninth Wave style suite from her one day in the future (Baby Forgive Me/Send To Robyn Immediately is one ten minutes opus, she’s chopped in half, and she didn’t have to at all)
    She does mention Kate Bush’s Sensual World on her “Songs That Inspired Honey” Playlist, and you get that same sense of teasing, longing and a woman owning her sexual being in the very lyrics of Honey it’s self. I also love that she’s not afraid to wear her inspirations on her sleeve, I always feel it adds to the honesty of the music.
    By the time the last half of Ever Again comes around, its lyrical structure sounding pure Prince, those synths crash in, and you realise that this is the sound the album has been building towards, its catharsis, it’s restless urge to dance, it’s almost like Robyn saying here we are, it’s what you wanted, but it’s something different, something better. And I honestly think it is.
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  7. Oct 31, 2018
    6
    If it only were as amazing as the critics say it is... don't get me wrong this IS a good album, but in the standards of Robyn it falls a bitIf it only were as amazing as the critics say it is... don't get me wrong this IS a good album, but in the standards of Robyn it falls a bit short due to its middle section which veers a bit too much into the soft pop side of things, and considering that this is a short album it actually counts for a lot of the albums own runtime which sucks. I had to listen to the whole album a few times just to differentiate those tracks. I still think the Body Talk albums are far more better and futuristic, they are more fun and also sounded harder... And considering that it took 8 years to create this ( Robyn has released lots of side collaborations and EPs during this time so she hasn't been fully away) it just feels as if it should've been a bit better I don't know. Also Baby Forgive Me is not a good track, I think it takes away from the wonder of the strong album start, it's so clunky.
    However I can appreciate that it's very experimental in nature, especially tracks Between The Lines, Beach 2k20, Human Being. Also the singles Missing U and Honey are pure Robyn dance floor bliss... And I'm looking forward to the string of remixes that this album will create. Hopefully it won't take as long to create a new album, but in the meantime I can appreciate this one for trying and for actually being a very brave album as well, I really enjoy some of the parts and even the more "mellow" and "sensual" sound that it tries to convey. All in all its a good album but not as great as Body Talk (vol. I-III) in my opinion.
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