Trouble In Paradise
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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'
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
If you liked the first album you are bound to enjoy this, even friends who state they can't stand electro have been caught out singing along to this in my car or asking what the song was.
There are no bad tracks on here but Uptight Downtown, Kiss and Not Tell, Cruel Sexuality, Tropical Chancer and Sexothque are very good.
Let Me Down Gently is an absolute storming track that builds as well showing a bit more depth than some club aimed output.
Hopefully be a new album sometime soon
Brilliant stuff is basically all that needs to be said. Anyone with a gut feeling thinking about making it an addition to their collection......go for it!
Best song Sexotheque. Not listened enough yet to say if I think this ranks over the debut but it is certainly a very strong follow up on early plays.
If you enjoyed the first album this is pretty much an essential purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As good as La Roux's first album, if not better. Catchy songs, ambiguous lyrics = classic La Roux.Published 2 months ago by tigfar
you know what your going to get with her, good well written tunesPublished 4 months ago by andrew wheatley
This is a very good electro-funk-pop album. You can see why New Order worked with Elly on Music Complete, this is a good companion to that album.Published 6 months ago by N. Lawrence
I've just tried to give this real disappointment another go (I got it when it came out - yes and I waited the whole 5 years too!) but I still can't find what the fans see in it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Lewis
Probably one of the best albums I have ever heard in my life. La Roux is just amazing in this incredible journey of cool music. I recommend this to anyone!Published 10 months ago by Mani Bhambra