Robyn - Honey
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2018 Ratings: #4 / 675
Year End Rank: #42
User Score
Based on 299 ratings
2018 Ratings: #100
October 26, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Konichiwa, Interscope / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

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

100
The Telegraph
Across 10 tracks of ultra-modern dance music, she takes listeners on a journey from vulnerable heartbreak to love reborn, beautifully reminding us that flesh-and-blood-emotion is the essential ingredient of great pop.
100
Highsnobiety

An album like this – sparse, relatively brief and yet brimming with so much unresolved emotional turmoil – was realistically the last thing any of us expected.

90
Rolling Stone
On her first album in eight years, taking a more active hand on the production side after what seems to have been a period of painful personal change, Robyn relaxes the tempos and lets the healing ecstasy of club grooves take over.
90
AllMusic

The eight years between Body Talk and this album would be a lifetime for almost any artist, and several lifetimes for a female pop star, whose career longevity isn't usually measured in decades. However, Robyn continues to make the trends instead of following them, and with Honey, she enters her forties with some of her most emotionally satisfying and musically innovative music.

90
Paste

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.

90
musicOMH

Honey is heart-on-sleeve, open-book emotional without being draining, like a Disintegration or a Blackstar: it’s heavy on the mind but light on the ears. It seems perfectly handmade for each listener, but never makes you feel isolated. It’s like your pass into a world of shining surfaces, neon lights and heartbreak.

90
PopMatters

There is nothing left to be said: Robyn's Honey is the lead contender for best pop album of 2018.

90
God Is in the TV

On, Honey she has again trusted herself in a challenging time and made a beautifully paced and stunning return. Honey is full of surprises and perfectly encapsulates what makes Robyn such an exceptional artist.

85
Pitchfork

Robyn presents her first solo album in eight years subtly, with slight builds and light hands. But her masterful command of emotions on the dancefloor slowly reveals itself across another enthralling record.

85
Northern Transmissions
Though she’s less sonically distinct these days, Robyn’s music is powerfully emotional and slow-burns its excitement.
84
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.

83
Consequence of Sound
No, it’s not a driving album, but it sure as hell is an album for walking around your city alone with headphones on or for cooking dinner and suddenly realizing you’ve got goosebumps and your fingers are trembling.
80
Exclaim!
As always, the club remains an inspiration, but here the focus is to soundtrack the night's comedown, not its ecstatic peak. 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.
80
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.

80
The Independent

The singer delivers a series of hard truths with a voice that sifts over the synths like icing sugar.

80
NME

From an artist who conjures up so many lofty titles – pop genius being one of them – this is a record that takes an altogether different tack to cut through to the raw, complex tangle of emotion.

80
Slant Magazine

At nine lean but often seemingly formless tracks, Honey feels raw and incomplete, like a work in progress—and maybe that’s the point.

80
Clash
Melancholy remains the primary colour in Robyn’s work, though it continues to sparkle.
80
DIY
It’s a different Robyn we’re faced with on ‘Honey’, but one we can learn just as much from.
80
The Observer
Though led by the glistening rush of single Missing U ... the Swedish electropop empress’s eighth album is less a refinement of her pristine sound, more a deep odyssey into the clubby tendencies she explored so well with Röyksopp on Do It Again and The Girl and the Robot.
75
The Line of Best Fit

On first listen, the absence of a nihilistic mantra to grasp onto may disappoint fans, but the deceptively simple pleasures of Honey open up with each listen.

70
Drowned in Sound

Whilst these songs are far from her finest work, the consistency of the record helps to secure their roots and stand them out more prominently. Honey is a fine record, a consistent record and a thoroughly enjoyable record.

Valeron21
85
I do smell the album of the year here.
It's easy to listen, there is space in this music, it's so chilled out. It sounds as brand new and at the same time it somehow brings me back to childhood and gives me a sense of nostalgia. This is how you make pop, kids.
matteo
84
Robyn's deepest, grooviest, most cohesive and most personally revealing album. In fact, I will go ahead and say its her best. "Dancing On My Own" is pretty much the song of the decade, and there's no one song on this album that's quite in that 11-out-of-10 stratosphere, but as a whole, this is so much more detailed, engrossing, and luxuriant than any previous Robyn LP. There's so much emotional and sonic texture to these songs, many of which recall ambient techno or house a la The ... read more
musicmagpie55
93
I am delighted with this album. There is so much to love, but my favorite part is the sense of movement towards something new and exciting. Where 'Missing U' sounded a like a continuation of Body Talk, the last three songs in particular sound very fresh to me. 'Between the Lines' has just a wink of Kaytranada in it, and I am feeling that. 'Beach 2k20' is the kind of subtle earworm that will be stuck in my head until 2k20, and 'Ever Again' is just sonic candy.

In short, it is playful and ... read more
92
Wow I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I do. I actually think it’s great. It feels so deeply personal and it’s incredible to listen to. I don’t think there’s a bad song on the album.
MikeeYo
65
idk found it quite boring and repetitive. 'Ever Again' is the only great song in this.

1. Ever Again
2. Missing U
3. Because It's In The Music

The rest are okay.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#6/TIME

Track List

  1. Missing U
  2. Human Being (feat. Zhala)
  3. Because It's in the Music
  4. Baby Forgive Me
  5. Send to Robin Immediately
  6. Honey
  7. Between the Lines
  8. Beach2k20
  9. Ever Again
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Added on: September 19, 2018