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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British synthpop artist Elly Jackson (Ben Langmaid left the band during the recording of the album) was co-produced with Ian Sherwin.
  • Record Label: Interscope
  • Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Left-Field Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    At only nine tracks long, but with every one of them worthy of single status, it displays, as pop albums go, both rare economy and staggering consistency.
  2. Jul 16, 2014
    90
    This polished set is pure aural candy from front-to-back and firmly re-establishes Jackson as one of Britain’s premier pop talents.
  3. Jul 22, 2014
    80
    Jackson writes open-endedly, shifting between direct experience and metaphor; mysteries left unsolved by her lyrics and persona are alternately heightened and resolved by the hurt in her voice, the assuredness of her arrangements.
  4. 75
    Is Trouble In Paradise a groundbreaking work of unparalleled foresight and talent? No. But is it a spectacular assessment of La Roux’s painfully progressive growth over the past half-decade? Maybe.
  5. Jul 21, 2014
    70
    With songs like this, Trouble in Paradise proves Jackson is still better than many of her contemporaries when it comes to making fizzy electro-pop.
  6. 67
    It’s been five years since those initial encounters, yet, as with all close friendships, the dialogue still flows as comfortably as ever across La Roux’s sophomore LP, Trouble in Paradise.... Still a pop record at the end of the day, the album is not without its share of weak lyrics.
  7. Jul 21, 2014
    50
    When Trouble in Paradise loses its way, it's because Jackson has traded in her frigid allure and commanding bellicosity for frailty and soft-heartedness, sentiments she doesn't deliver with any sort of sincerity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 23, 2014
    10
    This is one of the best albums I've heard in 2014. Uptight Downtown is a great lead single and I'm excited to see which songs follow it. It'sThis is one of the best albums I've heard in 2014. Uptight Downtown is a great lead single and I'm excited to see which songs follow it. It's definitely more tropical than her last album (On her first album, Quicksand and Cover My Eyes gave off a tropical atmosphere but on here all of the track do) and I really do hope Tropical Chancer is the next single. Kiss and Not Tell and Sexoteque sound like they were taken directly from the Carribean and Paradise is You sounds like Adore You by Miley Cyrus done in a tropical fashion (and a better fashion to be honest). The only real downer here is the final track The Feeling but I go easy on it because Elly Jackson wrote it all on her own and that's a tough thing to do especially for an artist on their sophomore album. This is altogether an awesome album and has motivated me to keep La Roux as one of my favorite artists Expand
  2. Aug 1, 2014
    10
    ‘Trouble In Paradise’ is easily the best album of 2014. While La Roux’s first album was much more aggressive and shrill, this album is softer‘Trouble In Paradise’ is easily the best album of 2014. While La Roux’s first album was much more aggressive and shrill, this album is softer and feels more inclusive yet still oozes the same confidence and assertiveness.

    The melodies are instantly addictive, the lyrics are creative and even though some songs feel unnecessarily long (“Paradise Is You”, “Silent Partner”) and a bit repetitive at times, it’s easy to forgive as even the slightly more dragged-out moments are as ethereal and addictive as the rest of the album. The bouncy, summery beats even manage to make Elly Jackson’s trademark falsetto feel warm and welcoming.

    Even though there are only 9 tracks on the album, it’s instantly satisfying and it just shows that Jackson wrote this with quality, not quantity, in mind. There isn’t a single wasted moment on this record but I do have a particularly soft spot for “Sexotheque” and the lead single “Uptight Downtown”. This album was well worth the 5 year wait!
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  3. Jul 22, 2014
    10
    Euphoric, joyous, vulnerable, sparkling pop that you will never get tired of unless your mind isn't capable of dreaming. Consistent, sonicallyEuphoric, joyous, vulnerable, sparkling pop that you will never get tired of unless your mind isn't capable of dreaming. Consistent, sonically delicious and brilliantly thought out. La Roux is that rare pop artist who is writing great stuff and pushing forward, an artist whose career is well worth following, as she knows exactly where she is going. Expand
  4. Jul 23, 2014
    9
    If there ever was a proper 80's sounding pop record since the millenium, La Roux's much anticipated second album just took that to a whole newIf there ever was a proper 80's sounding pop record since the millenium, La Roux's much anticipated second album just took that to a whole new level. Now crafting sounds in solo, Elly Jackson takes a trip on the record to the realms of Grace Jones and Tom Tom Club, and delivers a fine piece of synth heaven (may I say Paradise?) once again. The majority of songs ooze a sense of frustration, most notably Silent Partner and Let Me Down Gently, which might as well be the centrepieces of the album. With just 9 tracks, but not a single unnecessary moment, the phrase "quality over quantity" has never been more appropriate. Expand
  5. Jul 30, 2014
    8
    La Roux is back, stronger and with more sharper collections brought from 80's Synthpop music.
    While I did not care for the duo's debut mostly
    La Roux is back, stronger and with more sharper collections brought from 80's Synthpop music.
    While I did not care for the duo's debut mostly for it's robotic production, this new record from Ella Jackson feels classy and ageless with songwriting tackling the titel "Trouble In Paradise", which where she depicts the topics of trouble and paradise, vocally and sonically on her newest New wave LP.

    The five year process is a result of a cohesive Pop record, catchy, yet driven on concepts of love reaching from special ones being their paradise to rockier storytelling about a guys way of finding pleasure through prostitutes.
    While lyrics has darker effects at times, as sex being manipulating and controlled, Ella's voice is the beauty on top of heavenly instrumentals. A nostalgic trip, more under influence than La Roux has ever been, still more inspiring than most music out that is trying to be.
    Songs themself are for the most part great at their own, others can stand-out more than others and the closer "The Feeling" may be the only really lacking the feeling compared and suffer from flaws the same as found on their debut. And it might not have the international hit as with the single "Bulletproof" but "Trouble In Paradise" on it's own, has the greatness- the work of a fantastic album.
    Overall, La Roux is out with one of the most enjoyable albums- sexier, warmer, luxurious and just more creative and fun than competitors. If it grows as it should, it will definitely end up being a favorite, and probably better in the category of Synthpop, if we even can count this record in as just that.
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  6. Jul 23, 2014
    8
    "Trouble in Paradise" is the best synthie-pop record of the year so far. Ellie´s recent performance and songwriting are complementing the"Trouble in Paradise" is the best synthie-pop record of the year so far. Ellie´s recent performance and songwriting are complementing the 80s-soundconsummately, thus creating a magical mixture. Expand
  7. Aug 9, 2014
    4
    After the refreshingly simple and sharp Yazoo-like debut, this new release is a real disappointment. Very shop-worn song structure and chordAfter the refreshingly simple and sharp Yazoo-like debut, this new release is a real disappointment. Very shop-worn song structure and chord arrangements. The melodies are too familiar for comfort. Pleasant enough but a lot of it could be Bananarama. Expand

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