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Difficult second album syndrome to a tee,
This review is from: Trouble In Paradise (Audio CD)
After the all conquering eponymous debut, La Roux’s core of vocalist and band ‘face’ Elly Jackson and producer Ben Langmaid waited five years to release this follow-up; Langmaid departing two years before the album arrived due to the usual ‘creative differences’. Described on its release as a ‘New Wave’ style record, Trouble in Paradise wears its early-mid 80s influences proudly on its sleeve – as did its predecessor La Roux, however Jackson has been cited as describing the second album as much warmer than the first – this is borne out by the lush dub beats of Tropical Chancer, and the wry if corny Sexotheque, both tracks featuring stronger production values and benefitting from Jackson’s more mature and less spiky vocals compared to album one. Sadly, these two songs are far and away the best that the record has to offer – opening track Uptight Downtown has a promising early Bananarama vibe, but Kiss and not Tell seems to be channeling the kind of mid to late 1980s frothy pop perpetrated by the likes of Stock, Aitken, and Waterman, while the remainder of the album contains little that is either ambitious or memorable.
Despite the negatives however, this a solid if predictable second album that will hopefully pave the way for La Roux to develop over future records – despite the loss of her other half.