Soon after the collaboration, she bought herself out of her contract. "With my first three albums, I was having fun, and I'm really proud of a lot of those songs. It was my school, my way of getting to know myself and my way of writing songs. But now I choose who to work with, it's not presented to me by someone else. There's nobody who has to listen to what I do or okay it. I made an important decision to work on a smaller scale, and that's allowed me to be less focused on the results. Or maybe more focused, I don't know — but I have more fun!"

A funny thing happened when Robyn emerged with Robyn: a new round of fans, tastemakers, and label heads perked up at the sound of her material, which was ripe with a confidence and sass absent from her previous work. Once American ears — after four years — caught up with 'tude-laden should-be-hits like "Handle Me," "Cobrastyle," and "Be Mine," Robyn followed with her 2010 Body Talk series of three EPs, each recorded during a break from her world tours. The result has been a Robyn resurgence; and if her songs haven't quite topped Billboard yet, her profile here in America is stratospheric for a late-'90s Europop star, with Body Talk and power anthems like "Dancing on My Own" and "Hang with Me" topping critics' year-end charts.

Yet she hasn't lost sight of where she wants to go. "Hopefully, I'm getting closer and closer to what is the core of what I'm doing. The goal isn't to reinvent anything, it's to peel away what is unnecessary."

ROBYN + DIAMOND RINGS + NATALIA KILLS | House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston | February 4 @ 7 pm | $22.50-$37.50 | 888.693.2583

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