Tuesday, July 20, 2010

First Listen: Robyn "Hang With Me" (Single Version)

I've got some news for you: the lead single for Robyn's upcoming Body Talk Pt. 2 has arrived on UK radio in advance of the planned September 6 UK release. The track is a dance version of "Hang With Me," the orchestral "acoustic" version of which appears near the end of Body Talk Pt. 1 and serves as the emotional center of the album's second half as well as a stylistic and tonal lead-in to the minimalist folk song "Jag Vet en Dejlig Rosa" that closes the set. The single version essentially cuts and pastes the vocal track over a mid-tempo dance backdrop adapted from that of "Dancing on My Own," the lead single off Body Talk Pt. 1.

Here at Vertigo Shtick we tend not to put too much stock in first impressions when it comes to pop music, so my opinion may well change, but it seems to me that as great as the new "Hang With Me" is - because even a ripoff of DOMO is borrowing from the best, and because it's Robyn - it seems like a questionable tactical decision to have two singles in current rotation at one time that are so similar, especially when the second one doesn't exactly break any new ground?

But like I said, this is Robyn we're talking about... when has she ever given any reason to doubt? Can't wait to hear the rest of the new tracks!

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