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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 (21 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00KADPBTW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Uptight Downtown
2. Kiss and Not Tell
3. Cruel Sexuality
4. Paradise Is You
5. Sexoteque
6. Tropical Chancer
7. Silent Partner
8. Let Me Down Gently
9. The Feeling

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‘Trouble In Paradise’ features nine tracks, each written and played by multi-instrumentalist Elly Jackson with Ian Sherwin on co-production. It is the follow-up to La Roux’s Grammy-winning eponymous debut album 'La Roux'

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Top Pete on 28 July 2014
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For any new artist trying to be successful in the ever more cut-throat music business, a 5 year gap between debut album and follow-up is unthinkable. World class acts which have been established for 20 or 30 years or more; yes. New acts in their early twenties; no. Definitely not.

However, La Roux's Elly Jackson is not cut from the same cloth as many of today's here-today-gone-tomorrow artists. The 5 years that have elapsed since La Roux's debut have been extremely eventful, and stressful, for Ms Jackson. She parted company with her collaborator on the debut album, Ben Langmaid, and is now effectively on her own.

La Roux's 2009 debut album was considered by most to be very strong, and was almost universally critically acclaimed. It had great songs, but a rather unfortunate tinny production, and Jackson's voice was, well, rather shrill and piercing at times. But it had a lot going for it and the potential was certainly there.

Forward 5 years to 2014 and finally, at long last, we have the follow up, Trouble In Paradise. It was well worth the wait. The songs are better, the production is better, and Jackson's voice has matured and she sounds great.

Jackson clearly wears her influences on her sleeve, and this album has a very 1980s feel to it, and in a really good way. You can hear elements of The Eurythmics, David Bowie, Madonna, Erasure (when they were good), Pet Shop Boys, Human League, and even Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk. She has thrown all these influences into the pot, written 9 absolutely cracking tunes, and has turned out what must be in the running for album of the year. Every one of the 9 songs is superb. There isn't a filler in sight.

If there's any justice this whole album should be the sound of Summer 2014.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. K. Gill on 8 Sept. 2014
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'Bullet Proof' and 'In for the Kill' propelled La Roux onto the international pop scene. Elly Jackson returns stronger and better with a more mature image plus a better sound in 'Trouble in Paradise'. This new album surpasses it's predecessor album 'La Roux'. Elly the 'red-haired one' deserves every single music award going out there...the five year wait between albums was worth it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Quantum Cat on 23 July 2014
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After 5 years since the first album, I really was no longer expecting very much from La Roux. And yet....in an amazing turnaround, ''Trouble In Paradise'' is how you do a second album: effortless, somehow familiar but not...and the songs! One wicked tune after another, and such fantastic production to go with them, you'll wish you'd written them yourself. This album is so confident that it's almost scary. It's also the perfect soundtrack to the glorious summer we're having, with most tracks giving off a sun-kissed, chilling-by-the-beach vibe. New Queen Of Pop, no doubt. (Bye, Gaga, it was short but sweet.)
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A long awaited album. I was eager to see if La Roux could make a follow up to their great previous work. I was not disappointed. Trouble In Paradise has the same electronic feel and texture in sound, as the previous album, but is more influenced by disco and calypso rhythms. The result is a perfect and creative collection of songs. I also love the artwork, especially the front cover. It reminds me of something like Heaven 17, Japan, Duran Duran, etc. Great.
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Cruel Sexuality is my track of 2014. The whole CD marks a new level of maturity for Elly Jackson who is now writing and arranging all the material. All kinds of little nuances in the arrangements show her growing confidence and the variety of styles here show her deep knowledge of the best modern grooves. If there is more to come like this I can't wait to hear what she's now working on.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonnie Romney on 24 July 2014
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This album, after a long wait, lives up to all my hopes for it. The lightweight eighties style music sounds great to someone who was in their twenties in 1983 - from the point of view of its uplifting qualities - simple on the suface but quite clever and complex if you listen more carefully - but definitely nostalgic for eighties people. But what really makes the album, is the contrast between this music and the lyrics / subjectmatter - poignant and deeply felt, very moving. A great second album.
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I heard Kiss and Not Tell playing in a shop and really liked the Tom Tom Club-style sound. I used my Shazam android app to identify it, then bought the album. For me, the first two tracks (including Kiss and Not Tell) are easily superior to the rest of the tracks on the album to which I'm rather indifferent at the moment. Maybe they'll grow on me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MARTYN MOORS on 31 July 2014
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GREAT WORTH PAYING EXTRA AND GETTING FREE DOWNLOAD QUICKER THE SAME DAY AS ORDERING
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