Robyn Is Here

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Robyn Is Here
Studio album by Robyn
Released October 14, 1995 (October 14, 1995)
(see release history)
Recorded Radio Nova, Softsound Studios, Cheiron Studios, Soundtrade Studios, Polar Studios, BAG Studios
Genre Pop, dance, R&B
Length 55:43
Label BMG, RCA, Ariola
Producer Ghost, Christian Falk, Anders Bagge, Harry Sommerdahl, Denniz Pop, Max Martin, Peter Swartling (exec.), Alex Strehl (associate exec.)
Robyn chronology
Robyn Is Here
(1995)
My Truth
(1999)
Singles from Robyn Is Here
  1. "You've Got That Somethin'"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Do You Know (What It Takes)"
    Released: 1995
  4. "Show Me Love"
    Released: 1996
  5. "Don't Want You Back"
    Released: 1996
Alternative cover
U.S. cover

Robyn Is Here is the debut album by Swedish pop singer Robyn. It was released by Ariola Records in 1995 in Sweden, in 1996 in Japan by Sony Music Japan, and in the United States on 24 June 1997 by BMG with an alternate track listing. In 1998, the album was certified platinum in the U.S,[1] and has sold more than 922,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.[2] Worldwide, the album has sold over 1.5 million copies.[3] The album is mainly written and produced by Swedish production team Ghost, with all songs co-written by Robyn. Denniz Pop and Max Martin produced two of the album's four singles, "Do You Know (What It Takes)" and "Show Me Love". Both peaked at number seven in the U.S., while the latter peaked at number eight in the UK.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau B+[5]
Melody Maker (positive)[6]

Writing for Melody Maker in February 1998, Peter Robinson described Robyn Is Here as an "impressive album" and highlighted it as an alternative to other contemporaneous pop acts; "While the music loses its edge stretched over 13 tracks, and at the same time surrenders its subtlety when heard on a song-by-song basis, "Robyn Is Here" is nonetheless a slinky, funky album, and for all those disappointed by the weediness of Louise, disillusioned by the Spice Girls, or distracted by the hastily drafted in Kim Wilde lookalike factor of All Saints, Robyn's your gal."[6] In his consumer guide for MSN Music, critic Robert Christgau gave the album a B+ rating,[5] indicating "remarkable one way or another, yet also flirts with the humdrum or the half-assed".[7] Christgau described it as "So front-loaded it could almost be a vinyl album with a hot side and a cool side", but commented that "a few spins in, you notice a hint of velvet in her timbre—more like suede, really—that suggests not sensuality but emotional depth".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Robyn, except "Do You Know (What It Takes)" co-written with Herbie Crichlow; "Show Me Love" co-written with Max Martin.

Swedish edition[edit]

No. Title Music Producer(s) Length
1. "Bumpy Ride"   Robyn, Ulf Lindström, Johan Ekhé Ulf Lindström, Johan Ekhé 4:09
2. "In My Heart"   Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 3:59
3. "You've Got That Somethin'"   Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 3:44
4. "Do You Know (What It Takes)"   Robyn, Denniz Pop, Max Martin, Herbie Crichlow Pop, Martin 3:39
5. "The Last Time"   Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 4:40
6. "Just Another Girlfriend"   Robyn, Christian "Falcon" Falk Falk 5:20
7. "Don't Want You Back"   Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 4:00
8. "Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)"   Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 4:25
9. "How"   Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 4:38
10. "Here We Go" (featuring Joe Watts) Robyn, Anders Bagge, Harry Sommerdahl Bagge, Sommerdahl 4:43
11. "Where Did Our Love Go"   Robyn, Bagge, Sommerdahl Bagge, Sommerdahl 5:18
12. "Robyn Is Here"   Robyn, Falk Falk 5:25
13. "I Wish" (a cappella) Robyn   2:30
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Music Producer(s) Length
14. "You've Got That Somethin'" (Marco's Hard Mix) Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 4:51

U.S. edition and Swedish re-release[edit]

No. Title Music Producer(s) Length
1. "Bumpy Ride"   Robyn, Ulf Lindström, Johan Ekhé Ulf Lindström, Johan Ekhé 4:09
2. "In My Heart"   Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 3:59
3. "You've Got That Somethin'"   Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 3:44
4. "Do You Know (What It Takes)"   Robyn, Denniz Pop, Max Martin, Herbie Crichlow Pop, Martin 3:39
5. "The Last Time"   Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 4:40
6. "Show Me Love"   Robyn, Martin Pop, Martin 3:47
7. "Just Another Girlfriend"   Robyn, Christian "Falcon" Falk Falk 5:20
8. "Don't Want You Back"   Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 4:00
9. "Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)"   Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 4:25
10. "How"   Robyn, Lindström, Ekhé Lindström, Ekhé 4:38
11. "Here We Go"   Robyn, Anders Bagge, Harry Sommerdahl Bagge, Sommerdahl 4:43
12. "Robyn Is Here"   Robyn, Falk Falk 5:25
13. "I Wish" (a cappella) Robyn   2:30
Japanese bonus tracks
No. Title Music Producer(s) Length
14. "Do You Know (What It Takes)" (Allstar Short) Robyn, Pop, Martin, Crichlow Pop, Martin 3:56
15. "Show Me Love" (Blue Hill Remix) Robyn, Martin Pop, Martin 3:47

Personnel[edit]

  • Robyn: Main Vocal
  • Jeanette Söderholm, Johan Ekhé, Mogge Sseruwagi: Vocal Backing
  • Picks Sjöholm, Henrik Jansson, Mattias Thorell: Guitars
  • Falcon, Niklas Medin, Päl Svenre: Keyboards
  • Per Johansson: Saxophone
  • Goran Kajfes: Trumpet
  • Ronny Farsund: Horns


Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Sweden 1995 BMG, Ariola CD
Japan 1996 BMG, Ariola
United States 24 June 1997 BMG, RCA
Canada

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Lofthus, Kai R. (1999-06-19). "Robyn's Second Album Displays Matured Sound". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Robyn Is Here - Robyn". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert. "Expert Witness – Robyn". MSN Music. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Robinson, Peter. "Review: Robyn - Robyn Is Here, RCA". Melody Maker (IPC Media) (February 28, 1998): 43. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "CG 90s: Key to Icons". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
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  9. ^ "Top Albums/CDs — Volume 62, No. 25, February 5, 1996". RPM. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
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