Album review: La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

PUBLISHED: 13:30 30 July 2014

La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

La Roux - Trouble In Paradise


Everyone’s favourite bequiffed dance-pop delight is back - and giving it both barrels on this sophomore LP.

The debut album for Elly Jackson, the face of dance-pop duo La Roux, bagged her and cohort Ban Langmaid a Grammy across the pond and sold two million worldwide, back when the then 21-year-old was still living with her parents.

Spending time on this follow-up, creative differences saw her part ways with Langmaid, and what has eventually come out of it is warmer and more expansive than its predecessor.

The precision, propulsive beats and synths that defined her debut do crop up (choppy, poppy opener Uptight Downtown would sit comfortably with her five-year-old material), but by and large her voice is softer, her defences lower than on the defiant, thrusting high watermark of Bulletproof.

This new-found vulnerability is most apparent in the slow-burning Let Me Down Gently, in which she sings “I hope it doesn’t seem that I’m young, foolish and green” and wailing trumpets recall the heyday of ‘80s electro-pop. It is her best offering here, hinting at a maturing, reflective and more adventurous artist.

The music, too, is more organic and varied. There’s calypso bounce (the fizzy, primary colours of Kiss And Not Tell), funk guitar (on Cruel Sexuality) and wispy, ethereal synth strands and multi-tracked vocals (Paradise Is You) that make for an engaging nine-song set.

She lets tracks run on (the longest, the Langmaid-baiting Silent Partner, clocks in at seven minutes) but they evolve rather than outstay their welcome.

Trouble... confirms there’s far more to Jackson than androgynous looks and ice-queen assertions.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bromley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bromley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bromley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest news

Yesterday, 19:39

On a day when young, top-order batsmen shone for their respective clubs, Zak Crawley hit a fluent 56 not out to give Kent the advantage on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Glamorgan in Canterbury.

Yesterday, 08:35

The London City Royals are bouncing into the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre for the new British Basketball League season.

Yesterday, 07:00

The number of diabetic people having “devastating” toe and foot amputations in Bromley has risen by almost 15pc since 2013, new figures reveal.

Mon, 07:00

A woman from West Wickham will soon be doing a skydive in memory of her grandfather Geoff Hamm.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Bromley boss Neil Smith is looking forward tom welcoming back a host of players for Saturday’s game with Salford City in the Vanarama National League.

Most read

Digital Edition

Read the Bromley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bromley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24