Since her popular resurgence started about a half-decade ago, Robyn has proven herself to be something of a professional appreciator of modern pop music. She’s covered the Teddybears’ “Cobrastyle,” slotted herself into a remix of Snoop Dogg’s
“Sexual Eruption” “Sensual Seduction” and even sang backup on Britney Spears’ “Piece of Me.” So when the Swedish pop starlet deigns to to put her own spin on a contemporary hit—as she did recently with her BBC Live Lounge version of Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”—we really have no choice but to shut up and pay attention.
Her rendition of Coldplay’s latest single isn’t really a stop-the-presses moment, but it’s a very nice and low-key dance-pop take on the overflowingly emotional number. The striking thing about the song, as with just about everything Robyn does, is the way she just owns it and gets into the song’s DNA, making it sound less like a Coldplay cover than a Robyn song that just happened to originally performed by someone else. “Is there anything she can’t do?” asks New York Magazine. We dunno. Has she tried taking on the Busta Rhymes verse from “Look At Me Now” yet?