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As soon as she stepped out as La Roux, it all just felt right for Elly Jackson. The shock of red hair. The androgynous image. The yearning yet furious songs about love lost and gained. The catchy pop hooks, all wrapped up in quirky melodies that NME, early on, accurately described as ‘Let’s Dance’ era Bowie crossed with The Knife's edgy electro-pop. It was a perfect pop ... Read more in Amazon's La Roux Store

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  • Audio CD (26 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Renaissance
  • ASIN: B003SX4PTS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack on 30 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Once I'd read the setlist my expectations for this mix were not exactly stratospheric, but by the time I'd heard the third track (the awesome Ms Joyce Sims) I was hooked. The mixing is nicely finessed and the track order and choice actually makes sense. The other reviews don't mention there are some recent acts sprinkled through, such as Fever Ray and Kavinsky, and the fact you don't really notice is tribute to the overall conception. It's a fine Nu 80s mix showcasing La Roux's inspirations and influences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Will on 26 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Renaissance since the 90s and been relentlessly buying their albums for years. The days are gone when I'd buy anything that left the Renaissance stable and I'm now much more picky, these are hard times after all.

When I saw this album, probably like most Renaissance fans the idea of an 'influences' album and La Roux seemed to sit uncomfortably with brand. However thanks to a small microsite on the Renaissance site I had a listen and I was hooked.

This is very different to previous releases and the name 'sidetracked' really works well. This is an album that will take you back to some of the more aberrant 80s tracks, and if you like the electro sound of that decade this is a must buy album. If you don't like La Roux, their musical style or the 80s then give this one a wide birth.

The tracks that really had me hooked were; Doot Doot by Freur, Big Bubble No Troubles by Ellis, Beggs & Howard, Precious Little Diamond by Fox the Fox (which reminds me of Imagination), Self Machine by I Blame Coco, Big Blue World by Paul Haig. And since buying this album it's been on loop for over a week now, so different is it to the stuff I normally listen to.

The album is mixed together really well with enough interesting highs and lows to keep you hooked and it's quite a musical journey you go on. It's a bit like one of those random clubs you end up on a night out with friends that's playing a mixture of eclectic tracks that somehow perfectly complement your mood.

I hope this is the beginning of a winning series of albums from top names old and new.
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By Nairno on 4 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
So glad I managed to grab this!
Really feeling the Rolling Stones cover, can't wait to finally see her live!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Winter on 24 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
Welcome to my review of the La Roux - Sidetracked album,
it's a pleasure to share my thoughts with you, hopefully you will find my review interesting (or at least kill a few minutes if you are bored!).

First off, I am a big fan of 80's music, though being born in '86 I guess I was a little too young to be out and about in the neon clubs partying with new romantics!
I think it must be subliminal though as I seem to have developed an affinity with this era over the last decade of my life.
I've always strived to find an album that encapsulated what I thought the 80's were about, not so much the commercial music (that everyone has heard time after time) but rather the tunes that made a difference to someone's life.
I can't say I'd make the same choices if I were given the chance to make my own "Sidetracked" album but I do like the tracklisting for the most part.

Having listened to it three or four times all the way through (in different settings, in the car, mp3 player and just sitting at my computer doing some research) I have a mainly positive outlook, there isn't anything immediately grating (unless you don't like 80's music that is!).

The tracks seem to segue into one another quite well but, personally, I would have preferred to have had the songs played in full instead of mixed together, perhaps with an explanatory "intro" or "outro" with La Roux (either Elly or Ben) describing why that particular track was chosen. There aren't any cover notes to explain the choices or even a paragraph on the packaging, talking about the thoughts behind each song or the album as a whole construct.
Maybe it's just me but I would have liked to read a bit more "behind the scenes".
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