Having all but owned clubs and dance-floors across Europe in 2008 and 2009 with hits such as ‘For The Kill’ and ‘Bulletproof’, La Roux, formerly a duo, from Brixton, return strongly with this new album.
Having worked since 2011 on the new material, the toe tapping introduction of ‘Uptight Downtown’ makes for a great start, Elly Jackson’s vocals clearer but far less electronic than her previous works, demonstrating a growth in both talent and confidence.
‘Kiss And Not Tell’ is a poppy number, if not a little lyrically simple, but it’s hard to resist not wanting to bop along to it, whereas ‘Cruel Sexuality’ reminds listeners of the sharp range Elly has, almost presenting a flashback to the gift that made many sit up and pay attention, though it remains the weakest track so far.
‘Paradise Is You’ delivers the first ballad of the collection, a surprising inclusion perhaps, but it’s beautifully basic, the usual bass-lines having been replaced by a piano, and it lingers in the mind long after it has ended.
The pace soon picks up again with ‘Sexotheque’, catchy lyrics making a welcome return, while ‘Tropical Chancer’ adds a touch of summer to the music with an almost Jamaican feel to the opening notes.
The electro beat to ‘Silent Partner’ makes the track one of the best of the collection, the clarity of the vocals once again working in strong harmony with the musicianship, and it stands out furthermore due to ‘Let Me Down Gently’ being largely unable to maintain the strength of its predecessor. Closing number ‘The Feeling’ ends the album on a rather weak note, however, the re-emergence of Elly’s electronic style vocals do indeed rescue it somewhat.