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Robyn Is Here
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Studio album by Robyn
Released13 October 1995 (1995-10-13)
Studio
  • BAG Studios
  • Cheiron Studios
  • Polar Studios
  • Radio Nova
  • Softsound Studios
  • Soundtrade Studios
Genre
Length55:43
Label
Producer
Robyn chronology
Robyn Is Here
(1995)
My Truth
(1999)
Singles from Robyn Is Here
  1. "You've Got That Somethin'"
    Released: 1995 (Sweden)
  2. "Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Do You Know (What It Takes)"
    Released: 13 May 1997
  4. "Show Me Love"
    Released: 28 October 1997
Alternative cover
US cover
US cover

Robyn Is Here is the debut studio album by Swedish singer Robyn. It was released on 13 October 1995 by Ricochet Records, Ariola Records and BMG. The album peaked at number eight on the Swedish chart and was certified double platinum by the Swedish Recording Industry Association (GLF). In the United States, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[1] and had sold more than 922,000 copies by June 2010, 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 US, while the latter peaked at number eight in the UK.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Robert ChristgauB+[5]
Melody MakerPositive[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.TitleMusicProducer(s)Length
1."Bumpy Ride"Robyn, Ulf Lindström, Johan EkhéUlf Lindström, Johan Ekhé4:09
2."In My Heart"Robyn, Lindström, EkhéLindström, Ekhé3:59
3."You've Got That Somethin'"Robyn, Lindström, EkhéLindström, Ekhé3:44
4."Do You Know (What It Takes)"Robyn, Denniz Pop, Max Martin, Herbie CrichlowPop, Martin3:39
5."The Last Time"Robyn, Lindström, EkhéLindström, Ekhé4:40
6."Just Another Girlfriend"Robyn, Christian "Falcon" FalkFalk5:20
7."Don't Want You Back"Robyn, Lindström, EkhéLindström, Ekhé4:00
8."Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)"Robyn, Lindström, EkhéLindström, Ekhé4:25
9."How"Robyn, Lindström, EkhéLindström, Ekhé4:38
10."Here We Go" (featuring Joe Watts)Robyn, Anders Bagge, Harry SommerdahlBagge, Sommerdahl4:43
11."Where Did Our Love Go"Robyn, Bagge, SommerdahlBagge, Sommerdahl5:18
12."Robyn Is Here"Robyn, FalkFalk5:25
13."I Wish" (a cappella)Robyn 2:30
Total length:56:30

US edition and Swedish re-release[edit]

No.TitleMusicProducer(s)Length
1."Bumpy Ride"Robyn, Ulf Lindström, Johan EkhéUlf Lindström, Johan Ekhé4:09
2."In My Heart"Robyn, Lindström, EkhéLindström, Ekhé3:59
3."You've Got That Somethin'"Robyn, Lindström, EkhéLindström, Ekhé3:44
4."Do You Know (What It Takes)"Robyn, Denniz Pop, Max Martin, Herbie CrichlowPop, Martin3:39
5."The Last Time"Robyn, Lindström, EkhéLindström, Ekhé4:40
6."Show Me Love"Robyn, MartinPop, Martin3:47
7."Just Another Girlfriend"Robyn, Christian "Falcon" FalkFalk5:20
8."Don't Want You Back"Robyn, Lindström, EkhéLindström, Ekhé4:00
9."Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)"Robyn, Lindström, EkhéLindström, Ekhé4:25
10."How"Robyn, Lindström, EkhéLindström, Ekhé4:38
11."Here We Go"Robyn, Anders Bagge, Harry SommerdahlBagge, Sommerdahl4:43
12."Robyn Is Here"Robyn, FalkFalk5:25
13."I Wish" (a cappella)Robyn 2:30
Total length:54:59

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[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[16] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[17] Gold 25,000^
Sweden (GLF)[18] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[1] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Sweden 13 October 1995 CD
Japan 21 February 1996 BMG
United States 24 June 1997 RCA
Canada

References[edit]

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  2. ^ McLean, Craig (11 June 2010). "Swedish Pop Sensation Robyn Brings 'Body Talk' To United States". Billboard. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  3. ^ Lofthus, Kai R. (19 June 1999). "Robyn's Second Album Displays Matured Sound". Billboard. Vol. 111 no. 25. p. 50. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Robyn Is Here - Robyn". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert. "Expert Witness – Robyn". MSN Music. Archived from the original on 9 March 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
  6. ^ a b Robinson, Peter (February 28, 1998). "Review: Robyn – Robyn Is Here, RCA". Melody Maker. p. 43. ISSN 0025-9012.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "CG 90s: Key to Icons". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Robyn – Robyn Is Here". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 3286". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
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  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Robyn – Robyn Is Here". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
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  13. ^ "Robyn Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Årslista Album (inkl samlingar) – År 1995" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Årslista Album (inkl samlingar) – År 1996" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Archived from the original on 9 January 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Robyn – Robyn Is Here". Music Canada. 8 June 1998. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  17. ^ White, Timothy (17 May 1997). "Robyn Can Get There From 'Here'". Billboard. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 8 June 1998. Retrieved 2 October 2017.