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There's something utterly euphoric about the latest mini album from Robyn, Love Is Free that stretches far beyond the thumping acid house beats and arms-aloft shimmering synth lines.

The reigning queen of Swedish pop has made a career out of cathartic pop songs; tracks loaded with pathos that will see you dancing through the tears. The heavy hitters like 'Dancing On My Own' and 'With Every Heartbeat' are so packed with emotion that it's impossible not to get swept up in it. They're they type of songs that are universal; songs that are so easy to relate to regardless of who you are. Bruised but determined to keep on going. Head up, chest out.

But whereas these aforementioned songs work as a sort of therapy for both Robyn and the listener, Love is Free feels like a celebration of life and the joys within it. It's the ultimate moment of throwing off the shackles and really letting your hair down. And, though mostly recycled from areas of musical history, the album provides an exhilarating experience.

Working with keyboardist Markus Jägerstedt and the late producer Christian Falk, Robyn has chosen to forego the future and dip her toes into the past. Gone are the ice-cold synth stabs and futuristic bleeps of her previous works, replaced instead by '90s acid house grooves and trance beats that thump and whir, dropping you right into the halcyon days of the Hacienda's heyday. There's nothing particularly innovative here - the kind of stuff that made Robyn such a cult figure - but it's all immensely danceable that it's almost guaranteed to turn a crowd into a sea of bobble heads at the very least.

Lead single, 'Love Is Free', with its yipping synths and adorably cheesy little rap involving a reference to "rubbers", feels like the song Robyn has been wanting to make for ages. As it slinks its way along with its conga beat, 'Love Is Free' seems to throw every single piece of Robyn's musical education in. It's pure fun. 'Got To Work It Out' is a thumping ode to the retro-futurism of Italo disco, with vocoder vocals and drum machines switched to every sound possible, including a digital cowbell. By the time Robyn asks you to "make a fist and pump it like this", you're already way past that point, opting instead to find the nearest table to dance on.

The brilliant standout single 'Set Me Free', a euphoric slice of electro-pop that has the power to make neon lights and glitter burst out of even the greyest room, feels like the album's true call to arms. The rest of the album has been about figuring out that life shouldn't get you down, but it's here where things reach a celebratory high point. Kick drums pound, synths shimmer and swirl around Robyn's satisfying cries of "you know you've got to set me free".

Closing with a cover of Loose Joints' 'Tell You (Today)' feels like a natural conclusion to the album. That it's nowhere near as slick as the rest of the tracks, mashing up almost every known genre to create a dizzyingly eccentric little dance tune, works in its favour rather than against it. This is Robyn and her collaborators at their most carefree. Gone are those weights that were dragging them down, now it's just time to really get down.

Love Is Free doesn't reinvent the wheel but it doesn't really need to. It's a hedonistic celebration of fully letting go and also a chance for Robyn to really wear her influences on her sleeve. But as nice as it is, there's still something intensely satisfying in hearing Robyn delve deep into her psyche to find that string of emotional connection with the audience as on tracks like 'Call Your Girlfriend'. Love Is Free doesn't give you that and it makes you yearn more for it as a result. It's a strange quibble to have with such a captivating and downright fun little album, but it does feel just like a little side project - some friends just having a mess around - than a proper juicy album.

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