Friday, February 4, 2011

Robyn Body Talk Concert: Electric Factory Philadelphia February 3rd 2011

Robyn is like a ball of energy from the first moment she hits the stage to the time she leaves. She blasted off the evening with “Time Machine” and transported us to her reality. From the “Fembot” who has feelings to the confident woman who sang this past year at the Nobel Peace prize concert. On songs like “Call Your Girlfriend”, and “U Should Know Better” Robyn doesn't mince her word, she's fierce and strong but so adorable that you just want to put her in your pocket and take her home. Most of the track list comprised of songs from her recent triptych release “Body Talk” with only 4 tracks from her back catalog. I got to stand on the left side right up at the stage and the energy was amazing. The crowd never stopped dancing with favorites like “Indestructible” and “Stars 4-Ever” where everybody was singing along.

Robyn was backed by two sets of drummers and two sets of keyboard wizards. I'm not a fan of the sound at the Electric Factory it's always very bass heavy, but last night it sounded the best I've ever heard. On songs like her mega hit “Dancing On My Own” you could hear every intricate little sound that makes the song so fabulous. Unfortunately Robyn seemed to be having technical difficulties, she was motioning at her sound tech during a few songs and was holding her ear piece while singing “Hang With Me”, if there was a problem the crowd and I certainly didn't hear it. My only complaint would be that sometimes the music would overpower her beautiful voice which was showcased on the last song, an acoustic style version of her top ten pop hit from the mid 90’s “Show Me Love” with a surprise intro to Abba's "Dancing Queen". Dancing Queen indeed!!!!

Note: at $25 a ticket ($35 with online booking fees) it was a steal.

Setlist

1. Time Machine
2. Fembot
3. Cobrastyle
4. Dancing On My Own
5. We Dance to the Beat
6. Don't Fucking Tell Me What to Do
7. Love Kills
8. The Girl and the Robot
9. Indestructible
10. Call Your Girlfriend
11. Stars 4-Ever

Encore:
12. Get Myself Together
13. Dancehall Queen
14.With Every Heartbeat

Encore 2:
15. U Should Know Better
16. Konichiwa Bitches
17. Hang With Me


Encore 3:
18. Dancing Queen (intro)/Show Me Love