Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08

Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08

By Amrit and Scott
Yeah it’s a special sort of show that’s able to summon multiple Stereogum staffers from their cocoons. And as the posts from P4K (again) BV, Fluxblog, and yours truly all suggested, Robyn was, in a word, perfect last night. So, just add a few more thoughts to the pile: This was her first real US show, and she seemed really excited to be there! But as obviously swept up Ms. Carlsson was in the room’s rabidly demonstrative love, Robyn was all pro, all the way: always flashing that adorably appreciative smile and banter, but focused throughout (mouthing to the kids wanting a handshake front row at encore, “After” — and then, delivering). Also it was one of the best looking groups we’ve seen in awhile. Lots of Europeans, lots of gay (in fairness, it’s not like we were expecting it to be the Giants tickertape parade afterparty or anything).

The set was short (about an hour all told) and sweet. Too short, some say — but the amount she put into her moves (like you’ve never seen), it was totally understandable. Robyn does silly + sexy better than anyone we can think of: She’s either not concerned with being cool, or more likely Sweden has a definition of cool that doesn’t require being detached. The last two songs (of which we have vid, below) showed her range as a performer. You couldn’t help be legitimately sad during the acoustic “Be Mine!” Don’t be sad, Robyn. This guy’s a JERK if he doesn’t realize you’re the MOST AWESOME. And, the show offered a unique moment: Singing along to a spare, Konichiwa-appropriate rearrangement of her prior incarnation’s ’90s smash “Show Me Love,” the entire room — that had been singing every word, all night — took it up another level, with extra warmth and giddiness. It was like singing along to an ironic, newly hip cover, but knowing it’s always been her, and appreciating her stunning reinvention. Robyn said through the cheers: “You can always do SOMETHING with a good song, right?” Damn if she didn’t prove that every minute last night.

It was fun. She’s our favorite. Take the jump for setlist, pics, and videos of “Be Mine” (Ballad Version) and Prince cover “Jack U Off.”

Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08

SETLIST
01 “Cobrastyle”
02 “Crash and Burn”
03 “Who’s That Girl”
04 “Bum Like You”
05 “Handle Me”
06 “Keep This Fire Burning”
07 “Konichiwa Bitches”
08 “Be Mine!”
09 “With Every Heartbeat”
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10 “Show Me Love”
11 “Jack U Off” (Prince cover)
12 “Be Mine!” (Ballad Version)

“Be Mine!” (Ballad Version)

“Jack U Off”

More videos here, lots o’ pics below.

Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08
Robyn @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 2/5/08

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