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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. The influences may be retro, but La Roux use them as the starting point for something fresh. [Jul 2009, p.114]
  3. Strangely moving robo-pop from hyped duo.
  4. 80
    La Roux’s selft-titled debut doesn’t disappoint, pulling obvious influences from the Human League and Depeche Mode.
  5. It's a promising sign La Roux might actually develop some range as this pilfer-pop duo continues to mature.
  6. 60
    This is adequate debut, but La Roux will need to move beyond brittle pastiche if they hope to reinvent such overfamiliar ingredients. [Jul 2009, p.91]
  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: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Aug 2, 2011
    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 ... because when you write a review for a product you have to be objective not subjective... :) Expand
  2. Feb 19, 2011
    Strength-draining and intense, but coupled with amazing composition, lyrics, and soft singing. It's love-or-hate (because of how intense it is, yada yada), but doubtlessly high-quality. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2013
    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. Dec 8, 2013
    Probably one of the most amazing albums to be made in the 2000s, which begs the question... What happened to them and whens the follow-up coming out? 4 years is a long time to wait for fans. Expand
  5. Oct 2, 2011
    The real electropop is here, not this crappy one like Enrique Iglesias and LFMAO that everybody wants to listen to. Making a beatiful duo work, Elly Jackson and Bem Lengmaid gave us pop, pop, pop and electro with good lyrics and strange videoclips. "Quicksand", "Tigerlily" and "I'm Not Your Toy" will show to you the power of this album. Expand
  6. Oct 14, 2011
    Finally 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
  7. Apr 25, 2013
    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

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