Anonymous asked: Among FutureSex/LoveSounds, Blackout, and Robyn (the self-titled album), which one do you think is the best?
Blackout is probably my best-loved and most-played pop album of the last decade, so that’s your answer. As for the other two, FS/LS I remember enjoying but very quickly filleting - I pulled out the standout tracks and rarely played the rest. Which is your classic hits+filler pop album behaviour pattern, despite Timberlake’s obvious intention to make something more “substantial”. So while “What Goes Around… Comes Around” and “SexyBack” are terrific I never play the parent record - it would be a good one to re-investigate.
As for Robyn I only really started enjoying her stuff with Body Talk (EDIT: No, “With Every Heartbeat” was before then, so it must have been with that). Clearly her approach hadn’t exactly changed, but I could never get used to her voice before. Maybe the production felt a bit rinky-dink to me, too - my favourite Robyn record is “With Every Heartbeat” which sounds much fuller than almost any of her solo stuff to me.
(A lot of my friends ADORED and still adore Robyn, and find her very quotable and write brilliant analyses of her songs. Even though I quite like her now I definitely feel I’m missing something, probably because I’m not THAT much of a lyrics guy any more.)