Robin Stjernberg’s new single ‘Body Language’ thumps to life with a set of JT-heavy riffs. It feels very reminiscent of Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 era material, but it’s been blended with the vocal gymnastics of the Scissor Sisters for a catchy pop result.
And while it’s a good start, I’m afraid the song quickly starts to grate. “Walking on air, I don’t need a single dollar to feel like a millionaire,” Robin says. The overwhelming joy is quite sickening. Also the falsetto, which we previously heard in his Eurovision entry “You”, gets dizzyingly high at points—and that’s not a good thing. Screeching that high just sets Robin up for a fall. His voice has always been stronger when kept in its mid-range.
Bouncy is definitely the word for the song. The subtle R&B nods might look toward a direction for the future, but “Body Language” leaves Stjernberg rooted in the pop landscape where he’s most comfortable. Reigning in some of the vocal runs would have been a wise decision, though, and the song could really display a little more originality. “You” tingled with individuality but this barely fizzles.