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La Roux

Released on 29 June 2009

Artist: La Roux

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  1. In For The Kill
  2. Tigerlily
  3. Quicksand
  4. Bulletproof
  5. Colourless Colour
  6. I'm Not Your Toy
  7. Cover My Eyes
  8. As If By Magic
  9. Fascination
  10. Reflections Are Protections
  11. Armour Love
  12. Growing Pain (UK Bonus Track)

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A musical rollercoaster fusing electro-pop, dance and techno, London duo La Roux release their exquisite self-titled debut. Singer/synth player Elly Jackson and co-producer/songwriter Ben Langmaid write honest songs about heartbreak and hope over a backdrop of unpredictable grooves and big-retro vibes. La Roux is the perfect introduction to their talents.

Kicking off with 'In For The Kill', the redheaded Brixton vocalist pulls no punches. A tantalising, catchy avant-garde four minutes, the massive chart topper tells the story of a fragile young woman struggling to reveal her admiration for somebody to a potential loved-one. Opening with a smash-hit tune might seem like a risk to some, but La Roux won't worry because their debut album is littered with potential singles. The upbeat 'Bulletproof' is likely to be a club favourite with its euphoric, bass-heavy groove. Meanwhile, the bouncy, bubbly 'Fascination' harks back to the glory days of 80's superstars Yazoo and Eurythmics. The lively, often frantic, pace of these futuristic floor fillers lets up courtesy of the emotive 'Cover My Eyes' - a powerful and often beautiful ballad aided by note-perfect guest vocals from The London Community Choir. Elsewhere, the stabbing riffs of 'Quicksand' are a notable highlight, and anybody seeking pure-pop perfection should look no further than the monumental 'I'm Not Your Toy'. The mid-tempo dance grooves of 'Colourless Colour' and 'Armour Love' offers further indication that the duo are not restricted to simply writing catchy three-minute wonders, providing much depth and substance. The glorious 'Growing Pains' concludes the album on a high note, delivering a stark reminder of the pains of youth, but with a genuine sense of optimism.

The duo have long been waiting in the shadows, but the pacy beats, high-pitched vocals and snappy ear-candy have been combined to create one of the most eclectic releases in recent memory, debut or not. Despite the brilliance of La Roux, it's staggering to think that there's plenty more to come from the titular twosome.

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 Fantastic!

| | See all Jamez9293's reviews (12)

What an amazing album! La Roux has a unique an fantastic voice. All of the songs from the album are brilliant and iconic.

In For The Kill - Fantastic first single
Tigerlily - Electro-pop madness!
Quicksand - A grower :)
Bulletproof - Best song on the album.
Colourless Colour - Unique but superb
I'm Not Your Toy - Up-tempo great song
Cover My Eyes - Really good, slower song

(Just a few) I was a bit dubious about buying this album, not sure if I would love it or hate it, but I LOVE it! All the songs are great! Buy this album!

 Disappointed - not what I expected

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In some ways I blame myself. I saw La Roux play what I think was Bulletproof on a private performance on TV at Glastonbury. This version sounded sultry, cool and sophisticated, Clear sounding synths pulsating simple pop melodies.

I'm gonna love this I thought. I envisaged an album full of Heaven 17 80's esque pop fed through some laptop sounds creating speaker heaven.

Told a mate who seemed quite shocked I had bought, 'a bit poppy for me'. Then I heard one of the songs whilst getting my lunch at work. Sounded a bit charty also... Then realised she had a few singles in the charts. Oh s___, this is gonna be a faux-indie Lady Ga-Ga isn't it? Sadly it was.

Bulletproof is an ace song but I prefer the version I heard.

The album sounds cheap. I play a bit of keyboard myself and can't believe the sameyness fo the beats and chords.

But worse I was under the misguided impression this was going to be a lot more credible. I mean I wasn't expecting an avant garde masterpiece but neither was I expecting this chart fodder.

And yes has many have commented it is very samey.

 Stunning!

| | See all alpha350's reviews (1)

A must have for any music collection!
A fantastic album by any standard - lovely 80's pop feel to it but is so much more than that - Real class from start to finish - La Roux' voice complements the style of music perfectly. All tracks are fantastic but standouts for me are:

Im not your toy
colourless colour
bulletproof

Already looking forward to her next album!

 La Roux Have Lived Up To The Hype.

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I normally like rock and hip hop music but in the past few months i've been listening to all this new electro pop thats come on the scene, like Little Boots, Ladyhawke and Lady Gaga. And just like the others i think this is a really good album, sure it has room for improvement, but overall its a solid debut and i will be buying her next album. The first 6 songs are really good with catchy singing and really good keyboard parts and you have the three awesome singles. Track 7 is a bit to slow pop for me, and tracks 8 and 9 dont really hold the standard of the first 6, but 10 and 11 really finish the album on a high note. And the bonus song is also a good extra.
A fan of that 80s electro sound will really like this.
I cant wait for the next albums from La R, Little B, Lady H and Lady G, then we'll see who is the real queen of electro pop.

 Catchy and quirky - an excellent debut

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Having seen La Roux live in very early May, I was very keen to get my hands on her album - she was phenominal live. The first four songs (In For The Kill, Tigerlily, Quicksand and Bulletproof) are the best of those on the album. They all have catchy lyrics which you won't be able to get out of your head. The only real reason I did not give this album five stars is due to a slight lack of variety. This is not always a bad thing, as some obviously prefer a certain genre to others. However, myself being someone who likes a bit of everything, I felt that aspect was important to mention. Besides this I still feel that the album deserves the praise it has been given by many. This 80s influenced electropop band are sure to be an even greater success in the future.

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