‘Missing U’, the first track from ‘Honey’ - Robyn’s first album in eight years - feels familiar. 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.
Assisted by Metronomy’s Joe Mount, Kindness and more on the record, ‘Honey’ largely foregoes the desperate energy of 2010’s ‘Body Talk’ and finds its peace in a quieter, more open space. ‘Human Being’ confronts both the fear and the thrill of contemplating mortality, while the title track is a gorgeous anthem of acceptance.
It’s a different Robyn we’re faced with on ‘Honey’, but one we can learn just as much from.