Robyn, Diamond Rings, Natalia Kills | Riviera Theatre | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Mon., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. 2011

Swedish pop star Robyn released Body Talk (Interscope) as a trio of mini albums in order to better sell herself in the 21st century—she figured that people would rather buy three EPs than one LP. (The third installment also came out as a full-length, with its five songs surrounded by favorites from the first two.) Each of the EPs is a potent little pop bomb—even the nonsingles are confectionary perfection—but I would like to see her go totally JoJo Newsom berserker on that shit and drop some 30-track epic. She's making headway in the States (with help from Pitchfork and from quirky being the new sexy), but she has yet to escape the Kylie Minogue netherworld of artists who are icons to gay fans, with arsenals of bulletproof dance-club staples, loads of charisma, and great outfits, but who haven't figured out how to supplant Madonna. Or Britney. Or anyone. Robyn is a commanding performer, all effusive superstar dazzle and cool looks—the last time I saw her play, I went into labor, but she was so good I stayed for her entire set. Sold out. —Jessica Hopper

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