There’s a fine line between critically-acclaimed credibility and the indistinguishable line of bands that might be at T4 on the Beach one year and a footnote in pop history the next.
Swedish starlet Robyn will never be a footnote to pop history. Her status is such that she is able to collaborate with artists as diverse as Basement Jaxx and Snoop Dogg, while still being a pop star who schoolgirls will make up dance routines to.
This show at the Bristol Academy was rescheduled from March after Robyn had to cancel due to a bout of illness and coincided with a weekend where she also played at Bestival on the Isle of Wight.
Robyn has managed to carve a distinct niche in electro-pop unlike any other artist. Tracks such as Love Kills and Dancehall Queen had the crowd jumping despite not being singles.
The majority in the crowd in Bristol were loyal fans, but for anyone not totally familiar with Robyn’s last two albums, rousing performances of the singles Hang With Me and Dancing On My Own made sure every single person had the chance to sing along. The latter is actually desperately melancholic and one of those songs that you can find yourself dancing and singing to before listening to the lyrics.
Robyn’s newer songs are full of these dichotomies, with Time Machine talking about wanting to go one-way back in time with the Delorean made famous in Back to the Future, and Love Kills being another high-tempo number but one in which she sings about a “cold hard world”.
The pixie-like Robyn was an electrifying presence, a proper star who is as credible a pop act as it is possible to get.