La Roux Trouble in Paradise
    • THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014

    • Posted by: Sarah Kasarsky

    With the major success of their self-titled debut album in 2009, La Roux's electro-synth-sounds became craved as they carved a unique niche for themselves within pop music. The band's following five-year hiatus was a major struggle for fans, but also a strife-ridden time for the band's members, Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid. Langmaid deserted the duo, leaving Jackson with the name and a sophomore album to complete. And the title of that recently completed piece, Trouble in Paradise, reflects these adversities, and its music magnificently displays Jackson's talent, onfidence, and exceeding capability to complete the album as a solo project.

    With Trouble In Paradise, Jackson conceived a nine-track album that refreshes La Roux's sound by exuding heady electro-disco-pop. Each track carries a tropical undertone, as the singer's vocals are exceedingly looser, unhinged and more mature than on the band's debut album, while solid pulses of disco beats and guitar riffs valiantly cut through each song. "Kiss and Tell" and "Sexotheque" radiate a liberated vibe from solo-Jackson, as she assuredly rids herself of all inhibitions. "Paradise Is You" is more tranquil and carefree, and is a respite that easily diminishes the worries of everyday life with its alluring piano melodies, and seductive synthy vocals. "Silent Partner" is pleasingly reminiscent of La Roux's hits from the debut, as its bold, accelerated pace, swift beats and heavy guitar riffs make it sound more rigid and simply electro-pop than the rest of the tracks.

    Jackson's accomplished solo work on Trouble in Paradise is rousing, dynamic, and distinct, and triumphantly suggests that she may be sticking around for a while.

    Trouble in Paradise is out now on Polydor Records. Buy your copy here, and check out the video for "Lay Me Down Gently," the first official music video that has been released for Trouble in Paradise.

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