Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Feb 7, 2020
    80
    There’s no doubt Jackson is gradually carving out a left-of-centre niche, with a retro sound that is cleverly evocative and curiously idiosyncratic rather than just derivative.
  2. Feb 10, 2020
    70
    On Supervision, Jackson is at her strongest, both sonically and vocally. She has, for lack of a better term, found her groove: from the pulsing disco rhythms on "Do You Feel" to the synthpop breakup anthem "Gullible Fool", La Roux is once again proving that there's still an audience and a market for music that is fuelled by nostalgic sounds.
  3. Uncut
    Feb 6, 2020
    70
    Feels like a decisive clean break. [Mar 2020, p.30]
  4. Feb 10, 2020
    68
    Despite the album’s lack of big splashes, it still lands like a trip to Florida in February. And at only eight-songs-long, it’s endlessly digestible. Snow, sleet and seasonal affective disorder may rage on, but Supervision is pure warmth.
  5. Q Magazine
    Feb 11, 2020
    60
    The LP's monotonous back half leaves Jackson running to stand still. [Apr 2020, p.111]
  6. Feb 7, 2020
    60
    Supervision is at times frustrating – an avoidable misstep here, an overindulgence there. But it also contains some of La Roux’s best music to date, music that’s witty, danceable and endearing all in one.
  7. Feb 6, 2020
    60
    It’s all largely inoffensive and wholly listenable. Which is fine, but we’ve come to expect more from La Roux.
  8. Mojo
    Feb 6, 2020
    60
    There are sublime moments - International Women Of Leisure, for instance, and Do You Feel, a homage to first ladies of disco songwriting such as Evelyn King and Gwen Guthrie - but other tracks, though taut and tight, become repetitive. [Mar 2020, p.92]
  9. Feb 6, 2020
    60
    As an exercise in reclaiming control, in setting out her stall, it is a definite success, a hand-made pop exercise in an era dominated by algorithmic marketing plans. As a listening experience, though, it’s somewhat limited and frustratingly repetitive, ultimately paling next to La Roux’s previous heights.
  10. 60
    Supervision is certainly not a bad album, but it’s a far cry from the bristling pop genius of Jackson’s best work.
  11. 50
    On her third, La Roux shows that she can write a melody like few others in the business today, but it’s hard to look past how similar each song really is.
  12. Feb 6, 2020
    40
    Overall, there's a real sense that La Roux is on autopilot, resulting in a ‘samey’ sound that struggles to hold the listener’s attention.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Feb 12, 2020
    8
    Although very similar to trouble in paradise, it’s almost groovier and more subtle! Some of the songs need time to grow but is a great recordAlthough very similar to trouble in paradise, it’s almost groovier and more subtle! Some of the songs need time to grow but is a great record to have in the background to chill to Full Review »
  2. Feb 8, 2020
    10
    All songs have an ability to instantly capture you in their groove, with an irresistible temptation to tap your foot or bop your head along toAll songs have an ability to instantly capture you in their groove, with an irresistible temptation to tap your foot or bop your head along to the catchy beats without ever being too in your face. Each song builds with great progression and lyrics to match. There's a great tropical disco feel that makes the whole album sound like such a package. Full Review »
  3. Feb 8, 2020
    4
    Sorry but it's very dull and every song has the same backing track that's either mid tempo or a little bit faster. It's like the same songSorry but it's very dull and every song has the same backing track that's either mid tempo or a little bit faster. It's like the same song with different lyrics. I like 2 tracks. Shame really. Hopefully if another album is made it'll have some oomph. Full Review »