- Audio CD (29 Jun. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Polydor
- ASIN: B001VEJ2G2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats, for the show is about to begin. "The red haired one" will now start making electro-pop mean something again. Elly Jackson is 20 years old, and is experiencing all the things girls of that age tend to; heartbreak, frustration, wonderment, invincibility and fragility. But unlike most girls her age, Elly has a staggering ability to channel all these feelings and experiences into wondrous blasts of crystal-clean ear candy that hit the listener with instant resonance. But La Roux (French for "the red haired one") isn’t about disposable dancefloor fodder or meaningless pap--her creative waters are stirred most by the artistry of the original electro chart pioneers like Eurythmics and Depeche Mode, while she grew up strumming along to soul-searching sage’s like Nick Drake and Neil Young, starting points that still ground her today. The result of the gestation period of classic songwriting-meets-synth is a spread of tracks where a timeless electronic utopia and a Noughties’ head-nod danceability is underpinned by a painstaking way with words.
The self-titled LP is a kaleidoscope of emotions, touching on everything from heartbreak to disappointment to invincibility--all in true spine tingling La Roux measures that create an instant resonance. The album contains the singles "Quicksand" and "In For The Kill" and "Bulletproof" still sounding fresh as a daisy, alongside the high crystal-clean falsettos of "Fascination" to the brooding lulls of ballad "Cover My Eyes" (that features London Community Gospel Choir).
Tipped in many polls at the start of 2009 as a contender for success, La Roux were possibly always thought of as the wild card in the bunch with many pitting the duo against the shinier Little Boots. Elly Jackson's magnificent quiff of red hair, and high pitched, cutting tones certainly aren't for everyone, but the retro styling of her and producer Ben Langmaid's music has quickly burrowed its way into the hearts of the nation.
While the magnetic Quicksand was first to tantalise our earbuds on limited release last year, it was instead the almost unpleasant-to-listen-to In For The Kill that swept these competitors out of the water, positioned her as the year's most exciting new talent and landed her a massive chart hit. That shrill vocal might mean the self titled debut album is not something you're likely to listen to all in one go in a high pressure situation, but it's one jam-packed with killer pop song after killer pop song.
The frantic Tigerlily is a good indication of what's ahead, as a strange synth harpsichord eventually gives way to a starring role from Elly's father in a Vincent Price-aping spooky spoken word interlude. With the whole album centered around the break up of a twisted love affair, Bulletproof, with its candy floss chorus, might initially sound happier, but as Elly snarls that she's, ''been there, done that, messed around'' proves anything but. That newly resolute persona continues strong with the minimal I'm Not Your Toy and the early 90s decor of Colourless Colour. While the pair might be denying a heavy 80s influence in interviews, their music is filied with allusions to the likes of Yazoo, Aneka and The Human League particularly on the euphoric chorus of monster tune Fascination and the delightfully bleak Reflections Are Protections.
Establishing themselves as one of our most exciting new pop acts, La Roux have mastered their debut. Never has something so tinny sounded so good. --Talia Kraines
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Top Customer Reviews
I still buy CDs and always try to keep up with pop other than those from winners of TV talent shows. Why is all this relevant? Let me say this, this album is one of the most refreshing pop releases in recent years!! Yes she has got an odd voice, yes, the lyrics are odd, yes, she looks odd, yes, at first and second listen many of the tracks share similar beats and even chords. But this girl knows how to put a catchy tune together. Remember when songs used to be about melody and tune? This is like the 80s all over again. What were the better pop releases in the past year or two? Sasha Fierce? E=MC2? Day and Age? Funhouse?The Sweet Escape? Relapse? Count La Roux in! Give it a go, don't take it too seriously, and treat your ears to some catchy tunes again.
and to make up my mind whether or not I like it.
There is a lot of it about after all !
Little Boots, Ladyhawke, Peaches, Robyn.
(Miss Kittin is, of course, in a class entirely her own).
Robyn's 2007 eponymous release is as fine an example
of noughties electro-pop as we are ever likely to hear.
Intelligent, varied and convincing. A hard act to follow.
La Roux (Ms Jackson AND Mr Langmaid lest we forget)
have produced a tidy little collection of 12 catchy
pop songs on this sparkly little debut.
Those who have witnessed my somewhat disparaging
remarks about Little Boots' recent release will
doubtless ask : "How do you dare compliment La Roux
and damn Little Boots in virtually the same breath ?"
I'm not sure that I could give a cogent explanation however.
The songs are just better somehow : the arrangements
disarmingly simplistic; the melodies naively memorable;
the voice, despite its obvious limitations, believable.
Single "Bulletproof" is a cracking little number with
a killer hookline you can sing along with and dance to.
The duo manage to be soulful in a not dissimilar way
to their long-time-ago predecessors Yazoo on songs like
'Colourless Colour' and 'As If By Magic'.
'Tigerlily' and 'Reflections Are Protection' project a rougher,
funkier edge, bursting with stripped-down economical energy.
CHARM ! That's what it is. The word I've been trying to find.
This stuff is CHARMING in a generous, warm-hearted, wholesome way.
Electronica and more-than-a-little human magic wrapped up in a
reassuringly old-fashioned brown paper parcel tied up with string.
A real gift in other words.
As far as I can tell the only instrument on the whole album is electronic keyboards. I've been told there's some digitally manipulated guitars on it, but I haven't noticed them. As an instrument keyboards have limited appeal on their own after a while due to a lack of tonal variety.
1. "In for the Kill" - 4:08 (5 stars)
Skeletal music with good lyrics. It works. The highlight of the album.
2. "Tigerlily" - 3:24 (3 stars)
Bits are good here and there and the silent breakdown parts are very effective. The Thriller style spoken word part is too derivative to work in its own right. Decent but nothing great.
3. "Quicksand" - 3:05 (3 stars)
Unremarkable and has an abrupt ending.
4. "Bulletproof" - 3:25 (4 stars)
Solid song. I like the contrast between her rapid delivery of the verses and the colder, flatter intoned chorus parts ("This time I'll be bulletproof")
5. "Colourless Colour"- 3:28 (2 stars)
A weak attempt at a slow ballad with poor lyrics. Banal but not terrible.
6. "I'm Not Your Toy" - 3:18 (3 stars)
Decent enough but nothing about it leaps out at me.
7. "Cover My Eyes" - 4:32 (4 stars)
Mid-tempo track with a choir performing the backing vocals. Nice, melodic song with the choir interacting well with the lead vocals.
8. "As If By Magic" - 3:51 (3 stars)
Nice uncluttered song of no great merit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful album - the expression of every note is considered while at the same time the music is joyous while again at the same time it questions life as it is lived by all of us... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Simon Turner
If you like La Roux then this is a must. Very pleasant to listen to with a nice voice.Published 13 months ago by Mrs G Croucher
Arrived in very good conditions and I love La Roux, I had to buy this cd after seeinf her in a festival, I already liked her but after the festival I fell in love way too much with... Read morePublished 14 months ago by abelgould
Two promising singles and a lot of hype about being cutting edge electronica in the style of The Human League, John Foxx or Depeche Mode. Read more
Although I bought the new album 'Trouble in Paradise' first and didn't know this one (apart from the track 'Bulletproof'), I have found it hugely uplifting and inspiring and can't... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jane