La Roux

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  • Summary: Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid release their debut album, which has been nominated for the 2009 Mercury Prize.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Remarkably, with this astounding debut, an unassuming 21-year-old from SW2 has revitalised a forgotten form to make one of the finest forward-thinking British pop albums of recent memory.
  2. There's an intriguing synthetic wheeze lurking in the upper reaches of Jackson's vocal range. Those who feared this effect might pall over a whole album will find solace in the unexpected emotional intensity of her lower register.
  3. 80
    La Roux’s selft-titled debut doesn’t disappoint, pulling obvious influences from the Human League and Depeche Mode.
  4. Strangely moving robo-pop from hyped duo.
  5. It's a promising sign La Roux might actually develop some range as this pilfer-pop duo continues to mature.
  6. There are plenty of songs here that sound like hits--not least 'Fascination,' on which Jackson's fragile voice floats affectingly over the bleeping electronics before another ridiculously catchy chorus erupts.
  7. Between the shrill, semi-anonymous voice of Elly Jackson, and Ben Langmaid's clunky paint-by-numbers beats, La Roux's eponymous debut already feels dated. [Fall 2009, p.74]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Aug 2, 2011
    10
    A pretty good album actually... I am no fan of electric music but I was impressed how songs were composed here so I give it 10/10 ... becauseA pretty good album actually... I am no fan of electric music but I was impressed how songs were composed here so I give it 10/10 ... because when you write a review for a product you have to be objective not subjective... :) Expand
  2. Nov 21, 2010
    10
    This album is one of my favourites to date. Bulletproof, Colourless Colour, Tigerlily, In For The Kill and As If By Magic are all greatThis album is one of my favourites to date. Bulletproof, Colourless Colour, Tigerlily, In For The Kill and As If By Magic are all great tracks. The album as a whole works nicely and Ely's vocals work best in the catchy Bulletproof and mysterious Tigerlily. Overall the album is extremely cohesive and makes for a great listen. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2013
    10
    I do not like techo music but this is quite amazing. Every track is distinct from the others and there is not a single one to miss out on.I do not like techo music but this is quite amazing. Every track is distinct from the others and there is not a single one to miss out on. Personally I like bulletproof, in for the kill, as if by magic, and fascination the best but check it out for yourself and form your own opinions Expand
  4. Oct 14, 2011
    8
    Finally someone that know how to use electronic instruments! Elly's voice is remarkable and the complexity synthesisers will immerse you intoFinally someone that know how to use electronic instruments! Elly's voice is remarkable and the complexity synthesisers will immerse you into a colourful and nightlife atmosphere that will make your feet suddenly move along the beat. Expand
  5. Apr 25, 2013
    8
    Beautiful production and amazing vocals. Pretty much all the songs on this album are catchy and upbeat, especially In for the Kill, Quicksand,Beautiful production and amazing vocals. Pretty much all the songs on this album are catchy and upbeat, especially In for the Kill, Quicksand, and Bulletproof Expand
  6. Oct 13, 2014
    7
    This album has a good, unique style and the lyrics are interesting. Some tracks pail in comparison to others, but the great singles carry thisThis album has a good, unique style and the lyrics are interesting. Some tracks pail in comparison to others, but the great singles carry this album. Favorite track: Bulletproof Expand
  7. GabrielC.
    Oct 3, 2009
    0
    Horrible album no more words to say.

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