La Roux - Trouble In Paradise
La Roux is back with her second LP. She’s brighter, sexier, and better than ever.
It’s been 5 years since Elly Jackson (and former member Ben Langmaid) released their debut, self titled album La Roux. Now a solo act, La Roux is ready for a new beginning. It all starts with Trouble In Paradise…
After running into musical differences, Elly and Jackson parted ways in 2012. Elly was also diagnosed with residual muscle tension caused by anxiety, which affected her voice. After two years of treatment, she was finally ready to return to the stage.
Trouble In Paradise is a huge improvement over La Roux’s previous material. She wanted to create an album that evoked "what people in the 1970s thought that the future was going to look and sound like." Both fresh and retro, it’s chock-full of itali-disco, new wave tracks that are as hot as summer. The whole album has a tropical aesthetic that is just delicious! Elly sounds much more confident and comfortable with her voice and it seems that she’s found it’s niche. Her shrill, icy voice pairs perfectly with the shimmering, warm synthesizers.
The album opens with echoing Uptight Downtown. The track sets the vibe for Trouble In Paradise:
Another highlight from the album is Tropical Chancer. Sounds a bit like Daft Punk and Gwen Stefani…in a good way!
Here’s the official album sampler:
Trouble In Paradise is a huge step forward for La Roux as an artist, and is one of the best pop albums released so far this year. Although it doesn’t present any tracks as immediately catchy as Bulletproof or In For The Kill, it’s a solid album that maintains it’s theme from start to finish. Thank you La Roux, for creating the soundtrack to my summer!
- 4.5 out of 5 -