Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Feb 28, 2020
    80
    s, Supervision is some of Jackson's most consistent work, and hearing her have this much fun growing into her music -- and herself -- is infectious.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Q Magazine
    Feb 11, 2020
    60
    The LP's monotonous back half leaves Jackson running to stand still. [Apr 2020, p.111]
  9. 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.
  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.
  13. Uncut
    Feb 6, 2020
    70
    Feels like a decisive clean break. [Mar 2020, p.30]
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Mar 31, 2020
    6
    As courageous as Jackson's decision may be, the album lacks redundancy and comfort, indicative of a work that strikes a compromise between theAs courageous as Jackson's decision may be, the album lacks redundancy and comfort, indicative of a work that strikes a compromise between the songs on La Roux's first and second albums. Even the visual identity used for the promotional material of the work remains the same as when the singer debuted more than a decade ago. A purposeful saturation of colors, stylized clothes and small conceptual reinterpretations treated in a nostalgic way. It's as if Elly Jackson is living a caricature of herself. Being a proposal that naturally makes the listener's experience tiring, as if everything was just an extensive composition that drags on for more than forty minutes. Full Review »
  2. Feb 21, 2020
    6
    Bit Samey. But nice tropical vibe . Love you la Roux and all you do Needed more bangers
  3. 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 »