Electro Dance Party
Robyn shows Britney Spears, Rihanna & Katy Perry how it's done: You can sing anddance
There's been an unspoken premise recently when it comes to pop music and concerts: Pop stars can either perform or they can sing, but not both.
That's why Britney Spears can mount a global tour while lip-syncing, why Lady Gaga must be sitting at a piano to belt it out and why performances from Katy Perry and Rihanna often fall embarrassingly flat (literally).
Luckily we have Swedish pop phenom Robyn to show us how it's really done. From the moment she took the stage at Warehouse Live Saturday night to "Time Machine," Robyn was dancing, moving, and singing, creating an energy the burst through the audience, who'd been waiting for her to hit Houston since she exploded onto the indie pop scene in 2007.
Songs from her 2010 album, Body Talk, dominated and flowed quickly from one to another, including the crowd pleasing pop anthem "Dancing on My Own," the brash dance sound of "Don't Fucking Tell Me What To Do," the haunting electronic "The Girl and The Robot," (a collaboration with Norwegian duo Röyksopp), the reggae-inspired "Dancehall Queen" and her latest single, "Indestructible," plus fan faves from her 2007 eponymous album like "Cobrastyle" and "Konichiwa Bitches."
Robyn didn't take too much effort to talk to the crowd, except from the occasional "Houston!" shout out, but she owned the stage, getting up close to the fans and dancing up a storm during the instrumental breaks.
In her encore (technically the second encore, since the band left the stage briefly after a tight 45-minute set), Robyn sang her biggest hit, "With Every Heartbeat" and ended on a throwback to her mid-1990s teen pop stardom, blending ABBA's "Dancing Queen" into a stripped-down take on "Show Me Love," before joining her band in a final bow.
Robyn can croon a ballad with the best of them, but in keeping the energy and the tempo consistently high, Robyn turned Warehouse Live into a giant dance party. And isn't that what pop is supposed to do?