The Atlantic

Robyn’s Honey: The Thrill Is Gone, and That’s Okay

The cult pop star’s first album in eight years offers a delicate meta-take on dance history—and human emotion.
Source: Heji Shin

The sort of anthems that made Robyn famous speed time up. “,” “,” and “” draw on bittersweet feelings, but from their first synthetic whirl of notes—as sad-happy verses open up into sad-happy choruses—they’re also a rush. Sing the tunes en masse and it’s fun like a roller coaster is fun, like a thriller movie is fun, or like a night of drinking, remembered later only in patches, is fun. You just.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Atlantic

The Atlantic5 min read
Carmelo Anthony’s Melancholy NBA Return
After a season away, the future Hall of Famer comes back to a league that no longer has much use for him.
The Atlantic4 min readSociety
When Journalists Don’t Trust Their Bosses
Media workers are sharing information about pay in an anonymous Google spreadsheet. They’re motivated by some of the same concerns that led me to start a similar doc about sexual harassment in the industry.
The Atlantic7 min readRelationships & Parenting
What’s Lost When Black Children Are Socialized Into a White World
I interviewed dozens of black mothers about how they help their kids navigate schools where they might be perceived as threats or made to feel unwelcome.