La Roux: Trouble in Paradise  


 A PATIENCE-testing five years after La Roux’s debut and finally we have the follow-up.

Singer Elly Jackson may have split up with partner Ben Langmaid but fear not. His writing credit is all over the album and any concerns that talk of “musical differences” would indicate a volte-face into nu-folk were dispelled when lead single Let Me Down Gently emerged online in May.

If the reasons behind the split are unclear, one thing is obvious: Ms Jackson has got her groove on and, though entirely synthetic, Trouble in Paradise is far less a synth-pop record than the debut.

Opener Uptight Downtown is the kind of thing vintage Prince might have produced if paired with Vince Clarke  and is as good as anything La Roux have ever done.

In for the Kill fans can rest assured that there are pop nuggets galore here, too: Kiss and Not Tell and Paradise is You – that rarely successful beast, a synth ballad – are surely singles waiting to happen.

Worth the wait, then? Five years is a long time but Trouble in Paradise is a superior record to the debut and you can’t ask for more than that.

Like this? try these: Prince, Dirty Mind;  David Bowie, Young Americans

By Andrew Greenhalgh

twitter: @adjgreenhalgh


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