Picks and Pans Review: Robyn Is Here

updated 08/04/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/04/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Two years after she dominated European charts with her debut album, this 18-year-old Swede (real name: Robin Carlsson) has shot into the U.S. Top 10 by asking the lover's question, "Do You Know (What It Takes)." Apparently she does. Not only has Robyn mastered the English language (she writes all her own material), but she also challenges teen queens Brandy and Monica at their own hip-hop soul game. Just listen to the assured manner with which her voice glides over the swaggering, syncopated funk of "In My Heart" and "You've Got That Somethin'." And when she declares "Robyn Is Here" toward the end, there's no denying that a major talent has arrived. (RCA)

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