Quick Listen: Love Is Free (2015) by Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique

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Robyn has never quite caught on here in the States, at least not outside indie circles, and it’s a shame, because one listen to any of the songs on this EP exposes American Top 40 Radio as fraudulent. It might seem like songs titled “Lose Control” or “Set Me Free” don’t have much dissimilarities with songs like Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” or Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”, but there’s an edge to the Swedish Robyn’s lyrics that’s lacking in our pop music. Any EP with lyrics like “Imma give it like a mother / Safe like a rubber” or “It’s all over this city / Sometimes in the nitty, sometimes in the gritty” (referring to love, by the way) knows what it’s doing in a way that our silly songs can’t compare to.

Quicker take: Pop music made by grown-ups for grown-ups.

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