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Röyksopp and Robyn

Do It Again

Cherrytree/Interscope

Jun 20, 2014 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


The pairing of Röyksopp and Robyn first happened with Röyksopp's 2009 album, Junior and "The Girl and the Robot." The following year, Röyksopp featured on Robyn's, "None of Dem," from her Body Talk trilogy. Now they come together for Do It Again, a five-song mini-album.

The 10-minute epic "Monument," kicks off Do It Again. A pulsating techno ballad, it moves in mesmerizing waves, tapping into Röyksopp's subtle, chill-out touch. In contrast, "Sayit" is a mechanical love song between robots. In call and response fashion, a computer voice commands, "I want you," and Robyn replies, "I want you too," sounding disembodied and terrified, like she's being forced into this declaration. When these vocals are left out is when the track hits its stride with powerful rubbery bass synth lines. The cheese hits the disco ball on "Do It Again." Percolating trance synthsthe most dated kind, and not in the hip, "everything from the '90s in dance music is cool again" waypropel this number. Robyn's sugary pop vocals lock the track into the formulaic hands-in-the-air anthem that she has patented over the last two decades. "Every Little Thing" is just the opposite, with Robyn sounding plaintive and very human with grandiose instrumentation supplementing that effect. Another 10-minute electronic symphony, "The Idle Hour Club" finishes out Do It Again on the same understated note it started.

The intention is to go for the cheese on Do It Again, but the impact is so much stronger when restraint is exercised. (www.doitaga.in)

Author rating: 6/10

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